|Mrs. W. T. Gray passed away in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a native of Cleburne, Texas, and lived all of her early life there.
She was married to Rev. W. T. Gray and they served pastorates in the Central Texas and the Northwestern Texas Conferences. She was closely associated with the work of the Methodist Home for Children in Waco, Texas, as her husband was field secretary for that institution for sixteen years.
She came to Louisiana with her husband In 1933 and was known and loved in the Louisiana Conference for her faithfulness in the church, the parsonage and the community in which they served so well. They served pastorates at Mangum Memorial in Shreveport, Many, Felicity in New Orleans, Franklinton, Indian Bayou and DeQuincey. They retired from the DeQuincey Church after serving for forty-five years as pastor and parsonette.
After their retirement, they moved to Waco and they were very happy in their home of other years and among friends and neighbors they had known during the years they were connected with the Home for Children.
Surviving are two sons, George and William, both of Port Arthur, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Brannon B. Taylor of San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. Harold Hassman of Dayton, Ohio.
Mrs. Gray was a very consecrated Christian woman and proved her worth so often in her church, the parsonage home and the community. She was an inspiration to all she met and particularly, do I recall her kind and loving words of encouragement as well as her many deeds of kindness during the earlier years of my ministry. Surely, such a spirit as Mrs. Gray portrayed lives on and one In the lives of family, friends and congregations.
Her late years were filled with illness and suffering, yet, she remained calm and confident. She had lived the faith of Jesus Christ in Its fullness. Her rare and radiant spirit will be a lasting benediction to all who knew her.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 218, 1950 by W. Carl Barham.|