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May 15, 1924-Aug. 30, 2008

Gladys Minshew Gray, of 790 New Hope Road, Goldsboro, died at the age of 84 on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Seymour Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Woods Grove Pentecostal PFWB Church located at 4009 Central Heights Road, Goldsboro followed by interment at the Gray Family Cemetery on Parkstown Road, LaGrange. The Rev. Mike Grady will officiate.

She was born to William F. Minshew and Ada Kearney Minshew on May 15, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Richard A. Gray. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Joe Minshew, and a grandson, Jeff Watson.

Mrs. Gray was a member of the Woods Grove Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro which she attended for 39 years. She was a wonderful mother to her four daughters; a good grandmother to her seven grandchildren. She was a hard-working woman up until the last year of her life when her declining health kept her from being as active as she had been. In addition to making a home for her family, she loved to work in the yard and grow beautiful flowers. Her love of Christmas was shown every year by the pretty decorations she would put up in her yard.

Among her survivors are her four daughters, Ann Butts and husband, Donnie, of LaGrange, Peggy Watson and husband, Frankie, of Goldsboro, Rose Hinton and husband, Rick, of Princeton, and Brenda Peele of Goldsboro; six grandchildren, Diane Strickland, Don Butts, Jimmy Watson, Brad Peele, Chris Peele, and Austin Hinton; 10 great grandchildren, Pam Jessup, Stacie Strickland, Ben Strickland Jr., Cameron Strickland, Katie Watson, Alex Watson, Jesse Watson, Natalie Peele, Layton Peele, and Katie Peele; and three great-great- grandchildren: Ally Strickland, Delaney Jessup, and Luke Jessup. One sister, Thelma Cherry of Wilson, and a brother, William F. Minshew "Junior" Jr. of Stantonsburg.

Although flowers are appreciated, donations may be made to Woods Grove PFWB Church, 4009 Central Heights Road, Goldsboro, N.C. 27530 or Home, Health and Hospice, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.


Published in Obituaries on August 31, 2008 11:04 AM