|Virginia Gray Durham, beloved wife of Rev. Floyd M. Durham, passed from this life to the glory of her heavenly home, February 14, 1973. She was the daughter of Claud Estes Gray, a well-known Methodist layman in the Little Rock Conference and a lay preacher in the Louisiana Conference following his retirement, and Margaret Morris Gray.
Born September 23, 1918 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and having met her husband as schoolmates at John Brown University in Sioam Springs, Arkansas, was married to him October 6, 1940.
Following his military service, she served with him at Perrin-Barton in the North Texas Conference. Having a degree in Elementary Education she worked to help her husband through Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology. Coming to Louisiana in 1950, she served with him at Berwick-Patterson, Mer Rouge, Hall Summit Larger Parish, Trinity- Shreveport, Curtis Park (now St. Stephens) in Bossier City, Bernice, returning to Shreveport for the Chaplaincy at Confederate Memorial Medical Center also serving Oil City and Rodessa, and finally into a full time Chaplaincy with the Veterans Administration assigned to the Shreveport VA Hospital.
Mrs. Durham was a Life Member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service presented to her by the Bernice Society, the Order of The Eastern Star, the Paxsonettes, and a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Shreveport at the time of her death.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Jean—Mrs. R. J. Harkness of Shreveport, and Margaret—Mrs. J. C. Varnado of Grand Saline, Texas; a sister Dorothy—wife of Rev. A. D. Smith of Calvert City, Ky., and five grandchildren.
Virginia was a committed Christian, loving her family and her Church, always acceding to where she might serve best with her husband in its ministry.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 135 By James M. Poole|