Martha Gray Hardison

November 2, 1935 - September 19, 2010
Martha Gray Hardison


Martha Gray Knott Brownie Hardison 74, of Wilmington died Sunday September 19, 2010 at her North Chase home.

Martha was born in Fayetteville, NC November 2, 1935. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Wheeler Knott, father Erving Stanley Knott, Sr., 2 brothers, Erving Stanley Knott Jr. and William Douglas Knott, also by her husbands Charles Eugene Brownie Sr and Jack Eugene Hardison and a nephew Paul Knott.

She is survived by 3 sons, Charles Eugene Brownie Jr. and wife Grace of Honolulu, Hawaii; Ray Brownie Sr. and wife BJ of Leland, NC; and Tony Beale of Wilmington, NC, five daughters, Betty Ann Brownie and Jacqueline Hardison Shackelford and her husband Rudolph (Shack) of Wilmington, NC, Barbara Brownie Reynolds and Debie Brownie Shelley of Leland, NC; Carol Mills Williams and husband Lee of Roanoke Rapids, NC, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and several dear in-laws.

A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday September 22, 2010 at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service. The family will see friends immediately following the service.

The family would like to thank Shawn Johnson the hospice nurse for all the special attention she showed to the family during Martha’s illness.

The family would like memorials be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401

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


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  • September 21, 2010
    Gina Holdford says:
    Debie - my condolences to you and your family, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • September 21, 2010
    Wanda Weiss says:
    Jackie and family - martha was very special to me and i miss her greatly. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

  • September 21, 2010
    Kelly Best Mathis says:
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Its was a long time ago when we were all run up down middle sound road. My God wrap his arms around you in this time of grief.

  • September 21, 2010
    Gary says:
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know if you need anything at all.

  • September 21, 2010
    Virginia & Jean McPhail says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We pray God will comfort you. We know she is in a far better place! She had a very special place in my heart as did her parents and brothers. She lives in our memories and we will see her again! We love you, Virginia & Jean McPhail