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Juanita Mae Gray

December 1, 1945 ~ July 31, 2022 (age 76)

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THE LIFE & LEGACY OF

a Great Woman...

The golden gates were opened, and a gentle voice said come with farewell unspoken,  she calmly entered home.

It broke our hearts to lose her, but she did not go alone for part of us went with her the day God called her home.

 

Juanita Mae Gray, was born December 1, 1945 in Greensville County, VA, to the late Rachel Mae Tucker and Edward Gray. She slipped peacefully into eternal rest Sunday, July 31, 2022 in Richmond, VA at Henrico Doctors Hospital on Forest Avenue.

She received her education in the Greenville County Public School System where she attended and graduated in 1965 from Edward W. Wyatt High School. After high school, she was an employee at the Emporia Diner until she decided that her heart was with children and became a childcare provider for the family and community.

Juanita accepted Christ at a very young age and joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Skippers, VA. Juanita was active in church for many years and taught the children in her care about the love of Jesus. The first two children to ever sing in church under her care was Tia Davis & Shante’ Faison with their rendition of, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" at the age of about five. As the years passed, the church needed a youth choir to sing for youth day and Juanita along with her sister Carrie came to the rescue, forming a children’s choir with the children in their care. This group was named; the C&J Singers and they had their debut performance at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for Youth Day.

Through the years, the children traveled all over Virginia and North Carolina singing God's praises. For Juanita not only educated children in her care she showed them to love Jesus Christ through song. One thing Juanita would not let you forget when her health began to fail and she could not attend church anymore, was to make sure her tithe made it to church each Sunday morning. Through the years, Juanita reared and raised more than 100 children in the community. These children included family and friends, friends of friends and community that heard of the great care their children received in her care. The one thing parents never knew before they dropped their bundles of joy at C&J School is, that after day one their children would no longer be their own. Their kids would prefer from that day forward to go to C&J’s house rather than to their own. As they grew older and ventured away from home, the C&J house would be the first house they visited when they came home. If you were a C&J kid you will never forget Juanita’s famous jelly rolls, Fun Day, Graduation Day (and no one could say that it wasn’t a real graduation, there were graduation hats!) or the endless amounts of food and fun.

Juanita fondly leaves to cherish her memories: her sister, Carrie Tucker of Emporia, VA; three aunts; two uncles; special cousins, Elonza Ferby (Janice), Angelina Ferby and Darnell Tucker all of Emporia, VA, Michael Ferby of Annandale, VA, Cornell Williams (Darlene), Sharon Williams of Richmond, VA, Angela Williams Friend (George) of Chesterfield, VA and Steven Hatchett of Newport News, VA; a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

 

Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Ms. Gray's  tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  

 

The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Ms. Juanita  Mae Gray.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

 "Diligent in Business; Fervent in Spirit." - Romans: 12:11

 

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Services

Viewing
Friday
August 5, 2022

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

Viewing
Saturday
August 6, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
700 TAYLORS MILL ROAD
EMPORIA, Virginia 23847

Celebration of Life
Saturday
August 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
700 TAYLORS MILL ROAD
EMPORIA, Virginia 23847

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
August 6, 2022

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
700 TAYLORS MILL ROAD
EMPORIA, Virginia 23847

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