Marian C. Gray

Published 12:31 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

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SMITHFIELD – Marian Cook Gra

Marian C. Gray

y, 79, passed away June 23, 2023 in Riverside Lifelong Health and Rehabilitation in Smithfield. She was born in Suffolk and grew up in Newsoms. Marian was predeceased by her parents, Johnnie Perry Lane Cook and Elizabeth Taylor Cook.

Marian was a graduate of Southampton High School and Smithdeal-Massey Business School. She retired from Nations Bank as a loan collateral specialist. Going to Amish Country to shop and attend plays, supporting the Food Bank in Franklin, traveling, reading and baking were her favorite recreational activities. She was an active member of Central Hill Baptist Church and celebrating Christmas was one of her greatest joys.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 57 years, Kenneth Wilson Gray; two sons, Kevin Lane Gray (Kristi), Craig Bradley Gray (Michele); three sisters, Carolyn Shannonhouse (David), Vickie O’Berry (Jimmy) and Debbie Ashburn (Bobby) and five grandchildren, Hunter, David, Mitchell, Hugh and Jacob.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday June 30 in Wright Funeral Home in Franklin with the Rev. Tommy Reynolds officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery in Newsoms. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central Hill Baptist Church, 10270 Central Hill Road, Windsor, VA 23487 or the Alzheimer’s Association South Eastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102 Norfolk, VA 23502.