Grady Kenneth Day

October 16, 1934 - March 6, 2011
Grady Kenneth Day


Grady Kenneth Day, 76, died of melanoma cancer on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at his home in Wilmington.

He was born on October 16, 1934 in Burke County, the son of the late Thomas Hamilton and Lilla Mae McNeely Day. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister Gaynell, his older brother, Brevard Hamilton Day, his older sister Caroleen Rector, and his younger brother, Garva Day.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Patman Day, sisters, Willadean Rector of Drexell, Reba Huffman, of Birmingham, Kathleen Hoyle of Hickory, his brother, Troy Larkin Day of Kannapolis, sister-in-law, Betty Day of Morganton and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grady graduated from Valdese High School and Lenoir-Rhyne University, served in the National Guard a number of years and was an independent KFC franchisee for over 40 successful years. After retirement, Grady had many adventures owning an Ostrich farm in Colorado, and later a Llama farm in New Mexico. After moving to Hilton Head in the 90’s he continued his serious pursuit of the challenging game of tennis and upon moving to the Wilmington area continued the sport while making loyal friends with whom he shared many wonderful times. His family is most grateful for the cares and concerns of all. He will be gravely missed.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM. The family will receive guests in the Church parlor following the service.

If desired, in lieu of flowers a remembrance to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 would be most appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation , 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 11, 2011
    Paul says:
    Dear Susan & Family, Im one of Gradys multitude of tennis buddies. Ive enjoyed his acquaintance for many years. Several months ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and Grady was first to call and wish me well. Since then weve had several in depth conversations about cancer , life, etc. and he was always a posative force to me. Sorry hes gone, we will miss him but he is in a better place Im sure and hopefully watching out for you.

  • March 08, 2011
    Tayler Bingham says:
    I am sorry we have lost Grady. He was such a brave, fine person and will be missed. Unfortunately we will not be able to make the Friday service as we are traveling.

  • March 08, 2011
    Donna Huffman Summerville says:
    Susan, I am sorry I cannot attend Uncle Grady's funeral. Testing and distance prevent it. I did want you to know how much he meant to me. He was one of the first people I remember in life who made me happy just to be around him. He knew how to make me laugh and he always made me important and special. He is truly missed. If you are ever in the Houston area, please let us know. We would love to see you anytime. God's blessings to you and everyone there... Love, Donna

  • March 08, 2011
    Wayne A Jackson says:
    The Day Family, Grady was a neighbor who always reminded us of a distinguished Captain of the Seas and enjoyed life , especially tennis and biking. He shared his love of swimming with us in his wonderful backyard pool alongside his mate, Susan. Rest in peace, Grady. We all will miss your stories,your wit, and the times we shared together at Gray Gables. Our deepest sympathy for his loss and prayers to you , his family , in your grief. Wayne Jackson , Gray Gables Friend