Mrs. Willo Dene Gray, 93, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at her residence.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Gore Springs Cemetery with Rev. Gladwin Carpenter. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM Saturday at McKibben and Guinn. Due to current health concerns, the family requests that all in attendance wear a mask and practice social distancing.
She was born April 5, 1927 in Carroll County to James Oliver and Mary Myrtle Vance Grantham. She was a skilled homemaker and a loving, devoted, caring and nurturing soul to all.
She took great pride in her home and always kept her appearance bright and beautiful. Being a pastor’s daughter first and a pastor’s wife in the end, helped to create the remarkable woman that she was. To know her was to love her and there was nothing she loved more than her sweetheart of 73 years and her family. The impact she made and her selfless, loving nature will forever live on in the hearts and minds of so many.
She will be remembered for her strong Christian values that touched the souls of many near and far along with her commitment to her husband. At the time of her death, she was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Carroll County where her husband served as pastor and she served as pianist. Her absence will leave a huge void, but her crowning moment and much anticipated reunion with those passed on before her brings comfort and peace.
Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Rev. John E. Gray, Jr.; son, Johnny Greg Gray(Sandy); five grandchildren, Randy Gray(Tracy) of Grenada, Laura Gray Bloodworth of Grenada, Derek Gray(Sunny) of Tampa, Fla., Elizabeth Gray Miller(Rob) of Lakeside, AZ and Donald Gene “Chip” Gray of Carrollton; and six great-grandchildren, Justin Bloodworth, Devin Bloodworth, Katelyn Bloodworth, Rileigh Miller, Elliott Miller and Camdon Gray.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Donald Gene Gray and two sisters, Jean Schiele and Ellene Trussell.
Pallbearers will be Devin Bloodworth, Chip Gray, Derek Gray, Randy Gray, Lanny Lancaster and John Stevens.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the last precious moments a little more bearable. An extended recognition of gratitude goes to the staff at Sta-Home Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.