Jack was preceded in death by his father and mother; grandparents, William and Annie (Lannigan) Gray, who were immigrants of Wishaw, Scotland (with whom young Jack, his brother and mother lived); grandparents, John and Elizabeth (McCrae) Stewart, of Glasgow, Scotland; a very dear aunt, Margaret “Greta” (Gray) Evans; father-in-law, Frank “Elmer” Pickering; mother-in-law, Anna “Vi” Pickering; sister-in-law, Helen Green; three brothers-in-law, Robert Pickering, Michael Pickering and Shelby Green; and two nieces, Cindy Stewart-Fox and Lisa Kjormoe.
Jack was “one of a kind” and will be remembered for his love of travel, good-natured teasing, passion to do well, humility and inspiring values. Jack touched many lives and was deeply concerned about others and never forgot where he came from. He drew strength from his deep faith in God; and his was a life of devotion, a life of blessings, and a life well-lived.
A celebration of Jack’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. A visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or American Cancer Society. Please join Jack’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.