Virginia Braboy Gray, 86, of Murray, Kentucky, and former resident of Cadiz, died Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Murray, from non-COVID pneumonia.
A private graveside service will be conducted by John Thompson at East End Cemetery in Cadiz Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St., in Cadiz.
She was born May 9, 1934, in Trigg County, to the late Boyce and Martha (Terrell) Braboy.
She was a certified professional secretary; retired from Johnson Controls after 28 years, being the first employee hired at the Cadiz Hoover facility. She also was the first employee to be hired at the American National Rubber Cadiz plant, retiring as administrative assistant.
Virginia was a 1952 graduate of Trigg County High School and a graduate of Draughon’s Business College in Nashville, Tenn. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Murray and the Praise Sunday School Class there. Prior to that, she was a former 44-year member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Cadiz.
She belonged to Woodmen of the World, Cadiz Camp 20, and the Parkinson’s Support Group of Murray. She had been a member and officer in the National Secretaries Association, Cadiz Chapter, when it was active, and received her CPS rating in 1976. She and her husband, Marshall, were interested in genealogy and Indian artifacts. They enjoyed traveling and were devoted fans of Southern Gospel music.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Marshall Gray, to whom she married on Nov. 26, 1952; a sister, Bernice Braboy Brown; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Andrew and Lola Gray; a brother-in-law, George Gray, and wife, Marilyn; a sister-in-law, Stella Gray Thomas, and husband, Alton; a niece, Taylor Brown; and a nephew, Jarrod Holloman.
She is survived by a son, Ronnie (Reta) Gray of Murray; two daughters, Lydia Gray (Scott) Bosse of Madison, Alabama, and Marcia Gray (Steve) Rutland of Murray; a sister, Janice (Joe) Powell of Cadiz; a brother-in-law, Jesse Reide Brown of Glasgow, Kentucky.; a sister-in-law, Jewell (Bobby) Prescott of Cadiz; six grandchildren, Jennie Rutland (Bill) Dart of DeForest, Wisconsin, Katie Rutland (Ben) Nelson of Mobile, Alabama, Garrett (Emily) Bosse of Huntsville, Alabama, Jonathan (Meeda) Bosse of Hartselle, Alabama, Scottie Rob (Carla) Gray of Hazel, Ky., and Ryan (Tiffany) Gray of Murray; 11 great-grandchildren, Addison Dart, Bentley Grace Dart, Abigail Nelson, Aiden Nelson, Josiah Nelson, Allison Bosse, Nathan Marshall Bosse, Jared Gray, Lyric Gray, Layla Gray, and Jaidee Gray; and three step great-grandsons, Tripp Cleaver, Jhanzen Cleaver and Ayden Lee.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 65, Cadiz, KY 42211, or to the donor’s charity of choice.
The family extends a special “thank you” to the Brookdale staff, sitters and hospice.