Gray, Paris Lee

October 20, 2006

Affectionately known as Pfoto or P born October 31,1961 to Barbara Miles and Joseph Gray in Baltimore, MD. Departed this life October 15,2006 at his residence after a brief illness. He was 45 years old. Paris decided to become a photographer during his sophomore year at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1982. His original major was graphic design and illustration, but he always liked photography, so he decided to take classes, ultimately changing his major. He started his career at the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, the oldest black-owned newspaper in the country as an intern, later staying on fulltime as a staff photographer. He later moved to Philadelphia, Pa where he worked for the Philadelphia Tribune, the second oldest paper in the country. In 1994 , he began his tenure with the Courier Post as a staff photographer. During his first year his was nominated for his Pulitzer for his photography of the Victoria Hoffman funeral. He enjoyed everyday challenges of photojournalism, not knowing what each day would entail. In addition to working at the Courier Post, Paris also taught spinning classes at Club Fitness and LA Fitness. He is survived by his wife Gloria E.(Nee House) affectionately called GiGi, stepson, Marcus House; Grant, his canine buddy and friend; 1 brother; his Mother-in-law Barbara Jones and Fathers-in-law Clarence Jones and Hugh A. House, Sir.; Nana, Alberta Baynard; Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in law, Edward A. House, Sir., Hugh A.. House, Jr. Beverly A. House -Kerr, Patricia R. House, Cheryl D. Grant; long-time devoted friends, JT Smith, Tina Markoe Kinslow; 11 nieces and nephews; along with an extended church family and a host of family and many friends. Services: Saturday- 2:30pm at the Straight-Line Church 1055 North Broad Street- Woodbury, NJ where friends may view from 1:30pm until service time. Interment will be private. Flower donations can be sent to the church. Donations can be made in Paris memory to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Carl Miller Funeral Homes- Camden and Lawnside New Jersey.

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