Jean McCall Gray

May 22, 1933 - September 13, 2012
Jean McCall Gray


Jean McCall Gray, 79 of Burgaw, NC passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Jean was born in Transylvania County, NC on May 22, 1933 to Floyd and Clara Hensley.

She was a graduate of Brevard Junior College and Western Carolina University and earned a Masters in Education Degree from North Carolina Central University. Jean was a Math teacher at Carr Junior High School and an Algebra teacher and later served as an assistant principle at Brogden Junior High School in Durham City Schools before retiring in 1993.

Jean was a member of Poston Baptist Church in Wallace, NC. She lived out her Christian faith by sharing her incredible gift of teaching. She taught children of missionaries in the school year 1994-1995 in Bonne Finn, Haiti. She tutored children in her community and in the after-school program at Poston Baptist Church. She was an outstanding adult Bible study teacher. Her hobbies included making baskets, cooking, gardening, reading, and traveling to see her children and grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by two husbands, William H. (Bill) McCall and Eugene E. Gray.

She is survived by four sons and their wives; Gary and Janice McCall, Tampa, FL; Ken and Jo McCall, Wilmington, NC; Joe and Pam McCall, Hillsboro, NC; and John and Joy McCall, Chugiak, AK. She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren and great-grandmother of one great grandchild. Other survivors include two brothers, Steve Hensley, Spiro, OK and Joe Hensley, Etowah, NC, and one sister, Jerri Derouen, Biloxi, MS.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM, at The First Baptist Church of Wilmington, NC. The family will receive guests at the church beginning at 1:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina in Thomasville, NC (www.bchfamily.org).

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


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  • September 20, 2012
    Paula Hester says:
    So sorry to hear about Mrs. Gray's passing. I have known her for many years. She will be missed greatly. I will keep the family in my prayers.

  • September 21, 2012
    Paul & Jeanette Henderson says:
    We are saddened by your loss. All our thoughts, prayers, and love to Gary, Janice, and family.

  • September 20, 2012
    John & Debbie Blazon says:
    Our deepest sympathies to Gary and Janice and the entire family of Jean Gray.

  • September 21, 2012
    Benny & Sonya Perez says:
    We send our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. We did not know her but we know she raised wonderful spiritual children. May God welcome her with open arms of joy. She served Him well.

  • September 21, 2012
    Patricia Mitchell Drumheller says:
    TO: Gary, Ken, Joe, and John McCall: I was saddened to see that your mom, Jean, had passed. As life happens, we lose touch with those we've known as neighbors and friends. I hope that your lives are going well, and I have fond memories of your mom and dad. I've traveled a lot, but live 20 min. from Durham, have been married for 29 yrs., and have a 27 yr. old son. Life is funny.... you never know what will surprise you. Deepest sympathy, Patricia Mitchell