Memorial services for Nina Ruth Henderson Gray will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec, 10, 2010, at at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with the the Rev. Patricia Banks officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

    Mrs. Gray passed away at her home Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 2010. 

    She was born Oct. 24, 1933, to Jessie and Alvena Johnson Henderson.

    She has lived in Brown County for the past 20 years. She previously lived in Odessa, Texas. On Aug. 28, 1954, she was married to J.T. Gray in Odessa, Texas.

    Nina was the first certified female peace offices in Ector County. She served as a  lieutenant with the Ector County Sheriff’s Department for over 20 years. During her law enforcement career, she had the privilege to escort Elvis Presley on stage in Odessa, Texas. When they arrived on stage, he wrapped his scarf around her neck and kissed her. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas. Her hobbies were fishing, gardening, antiques and antique glass.

    Mrs. Gray is survived by her husband, J.T. Gray of Brownwood; a daughter, Sharon and husband Thomas Worley of Fort Worth, Texas; and a son-in-law, James Schulte. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Lori Shields Laird and husband Dustyn of Brownwood, Texas; a grandson, Chris Worley of Denton, Texas; a great-grandson, Caydon Laird of Brownwood; and two brothers, Edward Henderson of Virginia and Clayton and wife JoAnn Henderson of Brownwood, Texas.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Teri Gray Schulte

    Friends and relatives my sign her online guest book at

    Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.