June Cordella Gray, of Vestavia Hills, cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on May 18, 2019 at the age of 96. June was born in Freeman, West Virginia on June 24, 1922, to Sidney Harrison Tabor and Carlie Cordella Tabor. June came from a large family and was next to the youngest of fifteen children.
June was a graduate of Bramwell High School in Bramwell, West Virginia. Upon graduation she embarked to the West Coast where she worked at the defense contractor, Kaiser Ship Yards, in Vancouver, Washington. It was there she met her husband, Jim, of 73 years, and started her family. She was a member of Mountain Chapel Methodist Church in Vestavia, AL. She lived in Nashville, TN while her husband graduated from Vanderbilt before moving to Birmingham, AL where she made her permanent home for 70 years.
An outstanding homemaker and southern cook who believed her place was in the home and at the center of the family. She dedicated her life to creating a loving and home for her family. She enjoyed music, singing, and bridge in her earlier years and classic movies. Most of all she enjoyed her family whom she raised with love.
She is preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her husband, James Wallace Gray; her daughters, Daphne Elaine Gray of Birmingham, Deborah June Gray Congdon (David) of Altus, OK, and Stephanie Denise Gray Ward of Birmingham; her two sons, James W Gray, Jr. (Pat) of Dallas TX and Michael Rodney Gray (Lois) of Chattanooga, TN; 11 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and all her loved and adored her.
The family will receive friends from 10-11, Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home, 2701 John Hawkins Pkwy in Hoover 35244. Service will follow at 11 AM in the chapel, Jim Profetto officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South.
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