Emanuel Gray was born on April 30, 1947, to the late Grace Priscilla Brown-Gay & James Murray Gay Sr. Manny, Uncle Manny, Mr. Manny, Ironside, as he affectionately was known, suddenly transitioned from this life on August 27, 2020.
At the age of ten, Manny accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Shiloh Baptist Church in Lawrence, PA. As a child and teen, he was actively involved with Sunday School, youth choir, and youth ministry. As an adult, he was apart of the male chorus, brotherhood, transportation ministry, and security team ministries.
Manny loved helping people. A true servant at heart. A community leader and civil rights activist. He fought for the rights of his fellow man. Taking a busload of youth to the Martin Luther King Jr. march on Washington, D.C. Working to get and keep programs in the Garfield-East Liberty area. Coaching the Garfieldettes, (girls softball team). Helping run the Garfield YMCA. A true leader and mentor. He served a two-year term as Exalted Ruler for the Greater Pittsburgh Elks No. 115. The list goes on and on.
Manny loved football, softball, and baseball. He played for the Peabody Highlanders, and never missed playing for the Peabody Highlanders, and never missed playing in the old-timer's turkey bowl football game on Thanksgiving. He loved all sports. Although everyone knows he was an advent Steeler fan.
Manny worked for Port Authority of Allegheny County and as a Gaurd for the County Jail.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, Grace & James Gay Sr; his son, Melvin S. Gay, and his sisters, Shirley Hancock & Norma Salter his brothers, Melvin & Milton Gay Sr.
He leaves to mourn his loss: His wife, Agitha Gay, his sons, Emnuel Rawlings (Tina) & Michael L. Gray (Cheryl); his daughter Tamara Rawlings; his brothers, James M. Gay Jr., and Georgy Gay; his sister, Mabel Morton; 13 grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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