Gray Bryant, code administrator for Surry County for 42 years, was presented the Lifetime Membership Award at the North Carolina Mechanical Inspectors Association Conference held Aug. 1-Aug. 5 in Atlantic Beach at the Double Tree by Hilton.
Before the banquet was over, Bryant was surprised with the NCMIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bryant began work in Surry on January 3, 1973 as an electrical inspector. When North Carolina started the mechanical inspections program, he organized the program within the department. He attended schools and worked his way up for certifications to serve as a mechanical inspector as well.
Bryant served on the NCMTA Board of Directors and served as president, 2001-2002. He has always been an advocate for the association and always supported the inspectors who wanted to be active in the association for their respective trade.
Bryant served 16 years on the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, being appointed by governors Jim Hunt, Mike Easley, and Bev Perdue. He served from 1995-2003 and from 2005-2013. He also served two times as Chairman, 2002-2003 and 2008-2009.
Bryant served on the Board of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors — North Carolina (Ellis Cannady Chapter) serving as president 2000-2001.
Bryant and his wife, Frances, have one daughter, Andrea, who is an attorney, one granddaughter, Madelyn, and two grandsons, Gray and Bryant.