Christopher Todd Gray was born on November 28, 1965, in Anadarko, OK, the youngest son of Jarius “Jerry” and Geneva (Fischer) Gray. He entered the Kingdom of Heaven on July 19, 2023, running to the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ.
In January 1982, while attending Lookeba-Sickles High School, Todd met the love of his life, Tawnja Stephenson, and knew immediately he would someday marry her. Tawnja wasn’t so sure, but after two years of molding him, she finally agreed to be his bride on June 2, 1984, in Binger, OK.
The small town of Binger was not big enough for the newlyweds, so they moved to Hydro where they helped out on Todd’s dad’s farm and attended SWOSU in Weatherford.
After a few career and location changes including Clinton, Weatherford and Binger, Todd, Tawnja and their three children landed in Mustang, OK, when Todd became Director of Development for Feed the Children in OKC. He oversaw a large staff and a region that covered five states.
In his free time which he always managed to have, Todd would be found building or remodeling something for his kids. He absolutely loved being “Poppa” to his six grandkids.
He served as Community Pastor for Forward Church in West OKC, in which he was a founding member. His church family was an extension of his own and he would be found laughing, crying, and praying with them. A handshake was never enough, as he usually went in for a bear hug.
Todd became involved in Rob’s Path to Miracles Ministry, which serves men recovering from substance abuse. Todd would mentor, pray, or just listen to these men on their road to recovery.
Todd loved and was passionate about Jesus and people. He took every opportunity to tell people about Jesus, and vice-versa. He told his family often that the first order of business once he was promoted to Heaven was to find all those he led in the “Sinners Prayer.”
Todd is survived by his wife Tawnja of the home; his children Christopher “Jantzen” and wife Nicole of Yukon, OK, Jacoby and wife Amy of Yukon, and JaKenzee Nuzum and husband Dillon of OKC; six grandchildren, Harper Gray, Kollins Gray, Kohen Gray, Kobi Addison Gray, Finn Gray and Oliver Nuzum; his mother Geneva Gray of Lookeba; three brothers, Doug Gray and wife Roberta of Elk City, OK, Terry Gray and wife Jamie of El Reno, and Scott Gray and wife Angie of Mustang; step-father-in-law Brice Whitfield; brother-in-law Donnie Stephenson and wife Gayla of Binger; sister-in-law Darla Smith and husband Barry of Mustang; beloved nephews and nieces Jeremy Gray and wife Dezaree of Canute, Joby Gray and wife Haley of Elk City, Logan Gray and Sheridan Gray of Yukon, Sydney Miner and husband Josh of OKC, Andrea Purkey and husband Luke of Mustang, Deanna Williams and husband Nick of Tuttle, Wisper Howell and husband Jordan of Binger, Destinee Kibler and Ryan of Odessa, TX, Shadow Stephenson and wife Ruby of Binger, Chazen Smith and wife Erin of Mustang, Shayden Smith and wife Becca of Yukon, Stori Bass and husband Kenny of Yukon, and Chandin Morrow and husband J.W. of Yukon; as well as countless other relatives, friends, and colleagues.
Todd was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Gray; in-laws Melva Stephenson Whitfield and Franklin Stephenson; grandparents O.R. and Edith Fischer, and A.A. “Shorty” and Helen Gray.
Donations in Todd’s memory can be made to:
- Forward Church, 1312 S. Morgan Rd, OKC, OK 73128, http://www.Forward.Community
- Path to Miracles Ministry, 501 E. Grand Ave, Sayre, OK 73662
- Feed The Children, http://www.Feedthechildren.org
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at Discovery Church, 900 E. Main St., Yukon.
Officiating are Pastor Jantzen Gray, Pastor Mark Morrow and Jeremy Gray.
Burial will be in the Yukon Cemetery, Yukon.
Services are under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Binger, Oklahoma.
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com, turnerfh.net or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).