Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Harris Gray, age 88 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on February 1, 2015 at the St. Thomas-West Hospital in Nashville.
She had retired from Batesville Casket Company in Manchester;was a co-owner and operator of the Hillsboro Telephone Company; a homemaker and a member and Elder of the Hillsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Gray was a Past Worthy Matron of the Manchester Order of the Eastern Star #339 and served as Grand Page at Grand Chapter OES in 2014. She will be remembered as one who loved spending time with her family, gardening, farming, growing flowers and sewing.
Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her husband, the late Melvin Gray; parents, William Vannoy Harris and Effie Ellen Gibbs Harris; great-granddaughter, Megan Parker; son-in-law, Richard Koslick; and brother, William Harris, Jr.
She is survived by her children, James E. Gray (Linda) of Murfreesboro, TN, Linda Koslick of Hillsboro, TN, Robert E. Gray (Jane) of Tullahoma, TN and Boyd W. Gray of Manchester, TN; sister, Mildred Crownover of Gadsden, AL; brother, Robert L. Harris of Austin, TX; seven grandchildren, Shelby Gray (Kendall), Jonathan Gray, Michael Gray (Nicole), Leah Perhac (Chris), Amy Coble, Lesa Reed, Chris Parker (Rita) and Lona Bailey (Chris); eleven great-grandchildren, Matthew Gray, Taylor Gray, Drew Perhac, Ashley Perhac, Ashleia Coble, Saige Coble, Conner Reed, Cassidy Reed, Brianna Parker, Sarah Parker and Christopher Parker; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Central Funeral Home.
The Funeral Service and Order of the Eastern Star Service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Central Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at the Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery.