Holland District Ruritans

Fellowship. Goodwill. Community Service.

Born: November 28, 1901

Died:  July 9, 1977


Ruritan National

  • National President – 1949
    • During his term of office, he did considerable travel for Ruritan and at the end of his year, instead of accepting reimbursement for his travel expenses, he designated that the funds be placed in the Garland Gray Educational Fund. This was the forerunner of the Ruritan National Foundation created in 1968 and served as the first designated fund in the Foundation.  The fund was changed to the Garland & Marvin L. Gray Fund upon the demise of Marvin Gray in 1964.
  • National Vice President – 1948

Waverly Club

  • President
  • Member 



  • Waverly High School – 1917
  • University of Richmond ~ Bachelor’s Degree in History – 1921
  • Washington and Lee University ~ Master’s Degree in Southern History – 1922


Professional Experience

  • Virginia State Senate – Elected in November 1941 & served for 26 years
  • President of the Bank of Waverly (April 1941 to 1971)
  • President of the Gray Lumber Company (Retiring in 1971)


[Source:  The Ruritan Saga – A History of the First Fifty Years of Ruritan by Robert H. Bailey, Russell Burgess & H.M. (Kit) Shaver, Jr. © 1983; Wikipedia]