Mrs. Gray died on Tuesday, December 27, 2005, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Mrs. Gray was born in Canton, Ky., and was educated in Kentucky, Illinois, and Louisiana. After receiving a teacher’s certificate, she taught school and music in Louisiana.
Mrs. Gray was a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith since 1918; was very active in her Sunday School class, WMU, and choir for many years; served as president of the PTA of several schools; member of Eastwood Garden Club, Sparks Hospital Women’s Board, DAR, and Chapter J.P.E.O. She was author of eight books of poetry and one of poetry and prose. She was a Life Member of the Poetry Society of America; a member of the National Leagues of American Pen Women, The Kentucky State Poetry Society, and the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas; and received many honors.
Her husband, Thomas Virgil Gray, Sr., and daughter, Dorothy Edwards, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Peer of Van Buren; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom, Jr. and Rita Gray, of Fort Smith; eleven grandchildren, Joe Edwards, Jr., Tom Edwards, John Edwards, Steven Peer, Charles Peer, Glenn Peer, Robert Cates, Rodney Cates, Rhonda Voydat, Randy Cates, and Ronald Cates; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 1400 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901, or Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956. To place an online tribute, visit www.fentressmortuary.com.