Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray

Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray

November 9, 1954 — December 20, 2018

Sherry Elizabeth Smith Gray, age 64, of Troy, formerly of Burnet and Copperas Cove, was tragically taken from this life on Dec. 20, 2018 in Temple, Texas.

Sherry was born Nov. 9, 1954, in Killeen, Texas to Hansford Bernard Smith and Sibyl Cordie Brooks Smith.

She graduated from Copperas Cove High School with the Class of 1973. After graduation, she attended Central Texas College in Killeen, the University of Texas in Austin, and Tarleton State University of Stephenville, where she received her Bachelor of Science in May 1980. She later attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, and Tarleton State University of Stephenville, where she received her Master’s Degree in 2000.

Sherry loved being a teacher, a profession she was a part of for 34 years total in Copperas Cove Independent School District until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Shelly Gray Fidler.

Sherry leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Robert Larry (Bob) Gray of Troy; a grandson, Cord Fidler of Temple; a sister, Tina Sherese Smith Warlock; a sister-in-law, Lanell Gray Jackson; a son by marriage, Mathew Paul Fidler and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Gray family received guests for a time of visitation Friday, Dec. 28, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. A memorial service celebrating Sherry’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Lea Ledger Auditorium at Copperas Cove High School.

In place of usual remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the GoFundMe account set up to help Cord Fidler at

Services have been entrusted to the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.

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