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Bernice (Miller) Gray
February 6, 2023
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Bernice Miller Gray was born to the late Mack and Minnie Miller of Louisville, AL. She was the youngest of eight siblings, of which all have preceded her in death. She departed this life to be with the Lord on Monday, February 6, 2023 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Louisville.
Bernice confessed Christ at an early age at the Springhill Baptist Church in Texasville, AL. Later after marriage, she joined Zion Chapel Baptist Church, where her husband Clyde Gray was a member. She was a faithful and devoted member for over 75 years in various capacities until her health declined and her death. She served her church and God with pleasure as a deaconess, Sunday School Teacher for the youth, president of the Missionary Society and one of the leaders of the choir.
Bernice attended Barbour County Training School, but due to farming chores and an issue with transportation, her school days were numbered. This unfortunate situation did not deter her from making the best of her skills and abilities. Her fine qualities of cooking, cleaning, and sewing made her marketable. She was employed as a domestic worker, cafeteria worker for the Barbour County School’s Lunch Program, meal server for the Clio Senior Citizen Center, and a poll worker for the Barbour County Board of Elections.
During Bernice’s spare time, she was a gardener of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Zenias, Mums and Periwinkles, just to name a few, were her favorites. She taught her daughters how to can and freeze fresh fruits & vegetables, and taught her younger daughter how to quilt and sew. The beauty of life skills means you have God given talent and craft that no one can take from you!
Bernice met Clyde at an early age and married early. To this union four children were born: two girls and two boys. Our hearts are still missing Leon, our baby brother. He passed in 2019. Family meant everything to Bernice and Clyde and they instilled in their children the values of honesty, love, and charity. They shared their vegetables, fruits, flowers, and meats with the church family and community.
Bernice was preceded in death by; her husband: Clyde Gray; one son: Leon Gray; one grandson: Brett Crossley; and all of her siblings.
She leaves to cherish her memories; one daughter-in-law: Terri Gray (Leon); three children: Helen G. (Rev. T. E.) Crossley, James H. (Helen) Gray, and Gwendolyn G. (Calvin L. Jr.) Green; ten grandchildren: Jamelia Hayes, Cavetta Green, Jameice Gray, Patrick “Jarvis” (Brittany) Gray, Calvin L. Green, III, James H. Gray, Jr., Jeremy Gray, Iris Gray, Jonathan Gray, and Shasta McGriff; one great grandson: Johnathan Hayes; and a host of special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.