May Gray King

January 9, 1919 - November 21, 2018
May Gray King

May Gray King, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the Liberty Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Wilmington, NC.

She was born in Charleston, SC on January 9, 1919, the daughter of William Frederick Gray and Julia Pinckney Gray.

May worked for many years as Assistant to the Dean of Admissions to the Medical School of Duke University.

She was also a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, the Colonial Dames 17th Century, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and she served on the board of directors for the Duke Hospital Auxiliary for many years.

She is survived by her two sons Kenneth Gray King and John Frederick King, their wives, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A Service to Celebrate May’s life is to be arranged at a later date.

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  • December 09, 2018
    Ken King says:
    Best Mom a Son could ever have!

  • December 11, 2018
    Melissa Diel says:
    I have many fond memories of going to visit Nana in N. C. Eating breakfast out on her screen porch, going to lunch, sitting out back on the deck at night talking with Nana. But my most special memory, was when Nana woke me up, and only me; it was very very early in the morning. She wanted to show me the dolphins that rarely showed up in the stingray infested waters. We walked along the beach and watched them. It was a special moment for me because she knew how much I would appreciate seeing the dolphins and it was one of our few times we had together just the two of us. I will miss you Nana. You lived a long, full life. - Melissa

  • December 12, 2018
    Dawn says:
    Nana - You are missed each and every day! I treasure all the memories I have of you! I loved each and every visit with you from childhood on to recent visits! You are forever in my heart...I love you, Nana!

  • December 16, 2018
    Jean Carden says:
    I was director of Duke Hospital Auxiliary for over 30 years. I was very fond of prissy May. I often drive down Dixon Road and try to remember which home was. May’s......just yesterday. My heart goes out to her family.

  • December 16, 2018
    Fran Ferrell says:
    May King was a precious soul who was a member of my General Davie Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Durham. As long as she was able, she faithfully the DAR meetings. I stopped by her home on Dixon Road many times to bring her a treat or just talk with her.