Mark Gray “The Camera Guy”, 60, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his close family and loved ones on March 24th, 2017 in Kirksville, MO.

 Mark Gray “The Camera Guy”, 60, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his close family and loved ones on March 24th, 2017 in Kirksville, MO.

Mark is survived by his parents, John and Marge Gray of Clarksville, MO; wife Ellen (Lambert) Gray of Kirksville, MO, daughters Gail (Aucutt) McGroder and husband Michael (Brittanie, Erin, Megan) of Montgomery, TX, Mindy Aucutt (Jaz, Ian, Madsen) and Chad Collins (Boston) of Kirksville, MO, Marella Gray of Montgomery, TX; his dog Remington; brothers Joe Gray and wife Jo Ann (Laura) of Clarksville, MO, David Gray and wife Penny (Kaelyn, Matthew, Nicholas) of Hornell, NY, and Mike Gray and wife Sandy (Taylor, Andy, David) of St. Charles, MO; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one sister Teresa Gray, one brother Stephen Gray, and his loving dog Conan Gray.

Mark was born on November 19th, 1956 in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in 1979 with a degree in Biology and proceeded to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, but his true passion was photography. Mark began working for Rider Drug and eventually it became Rider Drug and Camera. He started Northeast Camera and Photo Lab with his wife Ellen some years later. In 2006, he helped open the photo lab for Walgreen’s in Kirksville. He became a reliable and friendly face there and he embraced every aspect and department of the Walgreens store.

Mark was a very generous individual who was always willing to help anyone, at any time, in any possible way. His smile was always a reminder of the joy he took in serving others, whether it was mowing a yard, pushing snow, or helping someone move. He was always the first one to step up and volunteer. Mark loved auctions, bacon, John Deere, and recycling of all sorts. The Crossing is Mark’s church home. He enjoyed volunteering his talents and skills in many ways there.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for April 8th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The Crossing Church in Kirksville, with a reception to follow. Graeme Golding will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life. If you would like to donate in Mark’s memory to the Mark V. Gray Honorary Scholarship at Truman State University you may contact the Office of Advancement (660-785-4133) or to the Crossing Church of Kirksville. The family would like to thank Hospice of Northeast Missouri for their care and dedication; a special thanks to Naomi.