Jim Gray, 77, was born in Lima on Nov. 25, 1935, to David and Evelyn Gray. He graduated from Waynesfield H.S. and the Northwestern Business College in Lima, and also served in the Lima Branch of the National Guard.
He moved to Lady Lake in 1961 to join the citrus industry and created Grays Groves, Inc., which became Grays Orange Barn, which he owned and operated until he retired in 1997.
He was active in the community, opening three new Kiwanis Clubs and serving on the Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed golf, bowling and tennis.
He is survived by his wife Emma Lou; his son, Nathan; his sister, Linda Jean Horn; his mother, Evelyn, who is 101 years old.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda and his father, David.
He was active member of Morrison United Methodist Church and loved his volunteer time with the Opportunity Shop.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Morrisons United Methodist Church, Main Street, Leesburg. Donations to your favorite church or charity.
Online condolences may be left at beyersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, Fla.