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Margaret Clary Gray

November 25, 1940 December 29, 2018
Margaret Clary Gray
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Margaret Elizabeth Clary Gray

Mrs. Margaret Gray entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the age of 78 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Willie Taft Gray, and parents Salone Clary and Inez Harris Clary.

Margaret was well known for her love of music and began her study of piano at the age of five. Margaret’s mother, Inez Clary, provided daily piano lessons to Margaret and her brother Salone from the age of five through college. Margaret grew up in the Mount Hermon area of Portsmouth, VA and was a 1958 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School where she played clarinet in the band. Margaret continued her formal education at Virginia State College (Norfolk Division) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1962. She also earned a Master of Education degree in Music Education in 1975 from Virginia State College (University). Amazingly, Margaret and her mother Inez were able to graduate and complete their senior recitals together for both their bachelors and masters degrees.

This outstanding musician retired from the Norfolk City Public Schools, after 38 years as a successful teacher and supervisor of music teachers during her last year of employment. Margaret received several awards including the Black Educators Award, Delicados, Inc. and the Apple for the Teacher Award. She was a lifetime member of Mount Hermon Baptist Temple (Portsmouth, VA) where she taught music during Vacation Bible School each year. She was also a faithful member of the Gamma Delta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Portsmouth Virginia where she led the chapter’s music ensemble for many years. She served for over 50 years and was a Golden Soror.

Affectionately known as “Sister” to her family and friends, Margaret is survived by her loving son, Wendell M. Gray (Seron) and her devoted daughter, Wendy Michele Gray VanHosen (Harry); grandsons Wendell M. Gray II, Lawrence D. Smith, Jr., Lance M. Smith, and Lawson T. Smith; brother Salone T. Clary, Sr. (Carolyn); uncle James A. Harris, Sr. (Ursula); aunt Sammie L. Harris (Charles, deceased); and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ritual will take place on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the funeral home at 6:00PM.

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4:00 PM 1/4/2019 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1/4/2019 6:00:00 PM
Fisher Funeral Home

1520 Effingham Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Fisher Funeral Home
1520 Effingham Street Portsmouth 23704 VA
United States





12:00 PM 1/5/2019 12:00:00 PM
Mount Hermon Baptist Temple

2901 London Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA 23707

Mount Hermon Baptist Temple
2901 London Blvd. Portsmouth 23707 VA
United States

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Roosevelt Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1101 Campostella Road
Chesapeake , Virginia 23320

1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake 23320 Virginia
United States

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