Copy courtesy of Colby College,Waterville, Maine
The Arkansas Democrat's Editorial of 12/11/1905
DEATH OF COL O C GRAY
In the death of Col O C Gray, superintendent of the
Blind School, Arkansas suffers a severe loss.
His long and useful career constitutes one of the most
interesting pages in the history of the state. He had lived through
than three score and ten years and there was not a blemish on his life.
As a young man he was a close student and a hard worker; he was brave
soldier and able educator, a good citizen and a christian gentleman.
a public officer he won the confidence and esteem of the people and
never criticised for a dereliction of duty. He lived indeed an exemplary
life and passed to his final reward honored and loved by every one.
great deeds of his life will live for generations and the principles
has instilled into the hearts of the young men who have come within
scope of his influence will never perish. The world is the better for
his having lived in it and thousands are stronger and worthier of life
for having met and associated with him. Generations yet to come will
tribute to his memory and there will be cherished for him a tender
feeling among all who were honored with his friendship. A grand and
noble character has laid down the burdens of life. God rest his soul