Gilda Marie Gray, 77

Gilda Marie Gray, age 77, of Kingston passed away peacefully Friday, March 31, 2023, at her home.  She was born May 9, 1945, in Memphis.  She was a faithful member of Shiloh Baptist Church.  She worked for many years as a Teachers Aide for the Shelby County School system.  Gilda enjoyed doing embroidery and was an avid reader.  She treasured spending time with her family, especially with her daughter and grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald Gene Gray in 2022; parents, Norman & Anita Ballard; brother, Jerry Ballard; brother-in-law, Robert Price.

SURVIVORS

Daughter & Son-in-law                           Jennifer Gray Phillips & husband, Sam of Kingston

Grandchildren                                          Nikki Phillips of Spartanburg, SC

                                                                     Jacob Phillips & wife, Christina of Kingston

Great-grandchildren                               Chase Cothran and Chloe Phillips

Sisters                                                         Norma Price of Bartlett

                                                                     Janet Mitchell & Allen of Cordova

                                                                     Tommye Ballard of Cordova

Brother-in-law                                          Wilbert Gray of Paramount, CA

Sisters-in-law                                            Mary Tismack of Morristown, AZ

                                                                     Joy Griffin of Wichita Falls, TX

Several nieces, nephews, extended family, and special friends

The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2023, at Shiloh Baptist Church with funeral service following at 7:00 p.m., in the chapel with Rev. Adrian Jones officiating.  Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 7, 2023, at Roane Memorial Gardens. Online register book can be signed at www.frakerfuneralhome.net . Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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