Gray, 80, died Friday at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
“Herman had a great influence on his church, the Kiwanis Club and everything he was involved with,” said fellow Kiwanian and First United Methodist Church member Harold P. Smith. “He was honest, thoughtful and a prince of a man.”
The long list of accomplishments for Gray, born near Jacinto on July 29, 1932, continued up until his death. He and wife, Janet Davis Gray came to Corinth in 1958 when he founded the accounting firm of Chism, Jones and Gray.
The Master Gardener went on to organize the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs after moving to the city.
As a long-time member of the Yocona Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, he helped create the Yocona Area Foundation, received the Silver Beaver award in 2000, and was named a lifetime sustaining member in 2012.
He used his skills as a Master Gardener to teach urban children how to garden. The past president of the Corinth Kiwanis Club organized the Corinthian Garden at the Lighthouse Foundation.
“Herman was one of our first Master Gardeners in Alcorn County and was always a pleasure to work with,” said Patrick Poindexter, County Director with the Mississippi State Extension Service. “He was a driving force behind the garden at the Lighthouse and he will be truly missed.”
The father of four was the longest tenured Kiwanian, having been a member of the club since Dec. 29, 1958. He served as president of the club in 1961.
The community-minded gentleman also served as president of Chamber of Commerce and was the driving force behind plans to build a facility for the organization.
An active member of United Way of Corinth and Alcorn County Board of Directors, he was named the Junior Auxiliary’s Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Davis Gray; children, Linda (Richard) Wofford, Mary Ellen (Mark) Donaldson, and David (Ana Maria) Gray; eight grandchildren, Scott, Kate and Julie Wofford, Rachel, Claire and Mary Grace Donaldson, and Jackson and Caroline Gray.
A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday at 4 p.m.