Friends and neighbors agree, 89-year old Faye Gray made a huge impact on the city of Slaton. Residents of the 1400 block of West Crosby said she always offered up a wave and a smile. She lived in her Slaton home with her son Jay. Gray had another son and was a widow.
Teri Browder lived down the street from Gray. She said she saw her everyday and knew her 21-year old healthcare worker as well.
"When it was a pretty day she would come out on her porch and sit in her glider. So she knew me and she knew Bud" Browder said.
Browder takes her dog Bud on a mile run every morning. However, she said her dog was acting strangely Tuesday morning. She believes that her dog heard the shot and prevented her from going outside. She says that Gray will be missed.
"Blessed lady. I hope in situations like that the Lord steps in at intervenes and takes her out of the tragedy," Browder said.
Chris Downer is the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Slaton. He has been Gray's pastor for the past 12 years. He hopes people focus on the life that she lived.
"We've got 89 years of a great life that we can reflect on, as opposed to one day of tragedy... We'll miss her, but she leaves behind a legacy of kindness and service," Downer said.
Downer also hopes that this tragedy will bring together the community of Slaton.
"Slaton is a great place to live and we'll look out for one another. Bad people do bad things whatever community they may live in," Downer said.
Faye Gray owned West Texas Seed with her husband. Her two sons are currently managing the company. Gray started the Slaton branch of Meals on Wheels and she was named woman of the year in the 1980s.
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