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Gwendolyn Stinson Gray
GWENDOLYN STINSON GRAY Gwendolyn Stinson Gray, beloved widow of Dr. Samuel James Gray, passed away January 4, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was born in Cotton Plant, AK on February 6th, 1922 and was the last surviving sibling of 11 children, 7 born to Hyder Moralton Stinson and Leona Darby Stinson, and 4 from a previous marriage. She is survived by her three daughters, Diana Gray of Jamaica, NY; Dr. Charmaine Gray of Atlanta, GA; Antoinette (Tonye) Gray of Wilmington, NC; 2 step children, Dr. Arthur Gray of New York, NY and Rosalind Gray of Jamaica, WI. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 10 nieces and nephews and many cousins. Gwendolyn Gray was an accomplished concert pianist who studied at The Juilliard School and the American Conservatory of Music. She was also very active in the area's musical community including work within New Hanover & Pender County Schools, UNCW and the Thalian Association of Wilmington. Her faith was deeply rooted in the Presbyterian Church as evidenced by her study at McCormick Theological Seminary and she was a great supporter of the Catholic community in which her children were raised, especially the St. Thomas Parish. She and her husband were well respected within the business communities in Wilmington, and were prolific entrepreneurs founding many businesses which were cornerstones of the African American community, including but not limited to Greyhound Taxi and Rainbow Laundry. Along with her husband, she played an integral part in the development of Topsail Beach. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date. Condolences to the family may be sent to 4800 Grouse Woods Dr., Wilmington, NC 28411. In lieu of flowers, the family of Gwendolyn Stinson Gray has established a fund through the Arts Council of Wilmington to honor her lifelong passion for classical music. Donations may be made to Arts Council of Wilmington care of the Gwendolyn Stinson Gray Classical Music Fund.
Published by Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2014.
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Charmaine,
I regret never having the opportunity to meet your mother. She must have been a beautiful person because she has a beautiful wonderful daughter in you. Please let me know if there is anything that you need.
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Loreen Doyle-Littles
January 15, 2014
Charmaine, So sorry to hear about your mom. You were able to live a long life with her. That's a blessing. You are in my prayers. Darcel Stewart
January 14, 2014
Dear Charmaine,
I will miss your mom. What a wonderful women. You and your family were blessed to have her for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope to see you soon so I can give you a big hug. Laura and Derek
Laura Alphran
January 14, 2014
Dear Tonye, Charmaine,Diane,Rosalind & Arthur: We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Gwen's passing.May you find solace in the coming year and know that you are always in our thoughts and heart.
Peace and Love.
Your cousin Judy Baker Belinfanti (New York)
January 8, 2014
Tonye, Charmaine, Diane,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Know that your mother is resting in peace, as her life was well lived and well spent.

The Chestnuts (Fanny, Barbara, Robert)
Fanny Chestnut-Hairston
January 7, 2014
Thinking of you and praying for you during this time of grief for the loss of your mother.
Dennis and Sandra Armstead
January 7, 2014
Charmaine and Family,
You had a very special mother. My prayers are with you who had to let her go on
barbara sweeney
January 7, 2014
Dr Gray,
Thinking of you and send my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Tim Lamb
January 7, 2014
May GOD continue to to give you Strength to Face each day, One day at a time. With his help and presence, it will get eaiser. Look to him for each day. Joy do come in the Morning.
Love,
Yolanda V. Patterson
January 7, 2014
We're keeping you on our minds and holding you in our hearts.
The Tyehimba Family
January 7, 2014
Dearest Charmaine, Tonye, Diane, Arthur, Rosalind and all the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Aunt Gwen always. I will miss her dearly but she is now resting comfortably with our Father in heaven. Love always, your cousin Carol and family
Carol Williamson
January 6, 2014
She sounds like an amazing woman! Thinking of you all.
Amy Mangus
January 6, 2014
Diana Charmaine Tonye Arthur Rosalind and
Grandchildren.
My prayers are with all of you and I know that your Heavenly Father will give you comfort by taking you all in his arms. May the memories we share of mom be with us always.
Love Nembhard
Raymond Nembhard
January 6, 2014
Dr. Gray I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I lost my mother two months ago and I know there is no greater love than that of a mother. May God comfort you and your family during this hard time
Sonja Carter
January 6, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lilian Bacian
January 6, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother has left a great legacy in her children. You are in my prayers.
Vicki Peek
January 6, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss.
Charlotte Cohen
January 6, 2014
My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
January 6, 2014
You are in my prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss.
January 6, 2014
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