11/10/09 — REV. MIKE GRADY

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Oct. 2, 1944-Nov. 9, 2009

"How shall they hear without a Preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent." Romans 10:13-14

The Rev. David Michael "Mike" Grady, 65, went to be with the Lord he served so faithfully Monday morning at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be tonight at 7 at Woods Grove Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Hill Family Cemetery near the home.

Mike was born in Wayne County Oct. 2, 1944, to Dell Whitley Grady King of Mount Olive and the late Jack Larma Grady.

He was ordained to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ June 21, 1977, and did so for 34 years.

Along with his wife of 45 years, Hilda Grace Tyndall Grady, they had pastored at Free Gospel Tabernacle Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church and Woods Grove Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. They served as pastor of Woods Grove for more than 22 years.

Mike had also worked with R.G. Barry of Goldsboro for more than 25 years.

For those who knew Mike, he will be remembered as a caring, compassionate man and loyal friend to so many. He had preached more than 5,000 sermons and more than 180 funerals. His dedication to serving God was admired by all. The love in his life was God, family and friends. Even during his illness, he never gave up or let go of his firm belief in the power of prayer. Mike's determination to let it be God's will was inspiration to all who knew him. He will be missed by many.

In addition to his wife and mother, Mike is survived by his daughter, Michelle Grady Gurley and husband, Chris, of Goldsboro; his son, David Michael "Mike" Grady Jr. and wife, Tracey, of Goldsboro; his sisters, Linda Vinson and husband, Jimmy, of Seven Springs and Annette Rouse of Seven Springs; his stepbrother, Mike King and wife, Carolyn, of Mount Olive; his brother-in-law, David Ray Tyndall and wife, Pat, of Raleigh; one aunt, Betsy Ann Whitley of Goldsboro; his wonderful grandchildren, Drew Grady, Jackson Grady, Morgan Gurley, Caroline Gurley and Madison Gurley; and several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Leonard Rouse Jr.

The family will receive friends tonight following the service at the church, and other times at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Chris Gurley, 169 E. Wayne Road in Goldsboro.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Woods Grove Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 4009 Central Heights Road, Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.


Published in Obituaries on November 10, 2009 1:47 PM