Mary Alice (Campbell) Gray

July 18, 1948 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Mary Gray Obituary

MARY ALICE CAMPBELL GRAY was born on July 18, 1948 in Isney, AL to the late Mr. Nance Columbus Campbell, Sr., and Mrs. Inez Sims Campbell, "Doll" as she was affectionately called, was the bey of the family of two boys and nine girls. As a child, she attended Gin Creek Baptist Church, Gilbertown, Alabama, later she joined Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Mississippi.

She met the love of her life, Morgan Gray, and they united in marriage on June 22, 1992. They started a life together in Waynesboro, Mississippi. Morgan and Mary shared a wholesome life together until his demise on July 17, 2018.

Mary's story at St. Luke Baptist Church, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, was that she found love and acceptance by her new church family. She was a faithful usher until her health failed. She contributed to the church financially in so many ways wherever she saw a need or was asked to contribute.

Doll was very active at both churches, St. Luke Baptist Church, and Gin Creek Baptist Church, where she also was an active supporter.

Doll obtained her high school diploma from Melvin Public School System, Melvin, Alabama, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Daniel Payne College, of Birmingham, Alabama. Later years, while teaching school as an elementary teacher in Wayne County School District, Waynesboro, Mississippi, she extended her education and obtained a Master's Degree in Education from William Carey University. Throughout the years, she was employed to teach various grades in Wayne County Public School for more than thirty years. She nurtured, loved, and respected her students. She bragged about their successes in becoming leaders in their careers.

As fate would have it one of her beloved students, Dr. Charles Stokley, MD, became one of her most respected and caring doctors, who cared for her when she became incapacitated. He nurtured her as if she was one of his parents until her demise.

Art was a very important part of Doll's life. She enjoyed pursuing art in many genres and was very talented She especially enjoyed decorating her home and landscaping her yard.

During the seasons, you could always find something beautiful growing inside and outside of her beautifully decorated home. Of course, she boasted about her lovely garden. She was very proud of the lovely floral arrangements she made, and the decorative ornaments displayed in her home, which she changed very often.

Doll was genuine and you didn't have to second guess her, because she would let you know - good, bad, or indifferent.

She had a great sense of humor, always laughing and joking with all she met. With her outgoing personality, she easily met friends and acquaintances who enjoyed her company.

Over the past weeks, she resided at Brookwood Villa Personal Care Home, Waynesboro, Mississippi, where the staff (she also taught some of them) was attentive, caring and they pampered her. Doll was a loving sister, aunt, and godmother. She loved her family. She will be sadly missed by the family and all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morgan Gray; her parents, Inez and Mance Campbell; sisters, Lucille Everitte, Maxine Sledge and Voncille Wilbert; brother, Rex Campbell; brothers-in-laws, Christian Henry Yarbrough, and Robert Staten Tyner, Sr.; sister-in-law, Virginia Gamblin Campbell; nieces, Earnestine Yates, Carolyn Everitte; and nephew, Donald Everitte.

She leaves to mourn her passing: siblings, Eunice Ritchie, Inez Lever Gilmore, Mance Columbus Campbell, Jr., Christine Yarbrough, Dr. Delois Campbell, and Ruby Campbell; nieces and nephews, Lela Everitte, Catherine Howard, William Alvin Gilmore, Jr., Shugana Williams (Lysunder) and Shewanna Gamblin; God Children: Edward Jr., and LaCedric Powe, Jordan and Jalyn Davis and a host of cousins; extended family and friends.

Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled.-John 14:27.

Funeral services will occur Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke MB Church. Rev. Donald E. Miller will officiate the services. Interment will follow at Gin Creek Cemetery in Gilbertown, AL. 

There will be a viewing period Friday, March 8, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Turner Funeral Home, and Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Luke MB Church, prior to the services. 

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Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Luke MB Church (Gin Creek Cemetery, Gilbertown)


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