Grace Alicia Gray

By January 8, 2015 Obituaries
Grace Alicia Gray of Mt. Pleasant, SC, died Tuesday, January 6, in a traffic accident.  Alicia was three days short of her 63rd birthday, having been born on January 9, 1952, in Beaumont, Texas.  She is survived by her mother, Bettye Parrish of Mt. Pleasant; brother and sister-in-law Warren and Margaret Gray of Lynch, Kentucky; one nephew, Shannon Gray of Campbellsville, KY; and one niece, Tamara Michelle Kendrick of Lawrenceburg, KY, along with one great nephew, Caleb Kendrick, and two great nieces, Sarah and Rachel Kendrick, also of Lawrenceburg.  She is also survived by a great number of other family members and friends, including a lot of very devoted ones acquired during the last two years in South Carolina as well as long-time friends and family living in Texas and various other places.  She was preceded in death by all her grandparents and by her father, Frank Gray and her stepfather, Mike Rose.
Alicia grew up in Beaumont and Houston, Texas, graduating from South Park High School in 1970.  She was raised in a close-knit family in Beaumont, with aunt, uncle, two cousin, and grandparents living in three adjacent lots, more or less as one family.  In later years, she lived in a variety of places–mostly living in Texas and Tennessee, but also spending some time in Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, and out west.  She worked for years as a travel agent, though she took a break from that to get a degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Dallas in the 90’s before eventually returning to travel agency work.  She also had excellent clerical skills, great musical talent (both as a singer and a guitar player), and artistic ability as a painter.  She loved to travel and visited Thailand, Peru, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, England, France.  Those trips were mostly tours; her favorite trip was one to Ireland, where she simply rented a car and traveled around the country, north and south, on her own, staying in bed and breakfasts, doing things at her own pace.
She always had the courage to try new things, yet lacked the self-confidence to stick with one thing and make the most of it in one place.  She found that self-confidence, that happiness, that new kind of courage here on the coast of South Carolina, and we who love her so much are so very grateful that God led her to that.  We will miss her, but we keep her fondly in our minds and feel her spirit still with us.
This evening, January 9, on Alicia’s 63rd birthday, the local restaurant Coconut Joe’s will close down for two hours from 6:00 to 8:00 for a service of celebration and remembrance of Alicia Gray.  Her friends and family in Texas and Kentucky, most of whom could not make this observance, will get together for another service sometime in the near future.

15 Comments

  • Bonnie Nolan says:

    Love and light from your cousins in Texas “Aunt Alicia”. Forever missed, but always with us.

  • Kevin Murphy says:

    A lovely tribute to her, Warren, and again I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Lisa horton says:

    Warren, the words in the obit were very nice. You described your sister’s free spirit, loves very well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. God bless you all. I will miss my beautiful cousin so much. Love you all.

  • Beverly & Eddy Gray says:

    Warren and Margaret,
    Our prayers continue to be with you and your family.

  • Beverly & Eddy Gray says:

    We were so sad to hear the news. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Patricia Baker says:

    Warren, I am so sorry. My prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Vicki says:

    So sad right now, I don’t know words are not enough. I know everyone is in shock and we will miss Alicia very much. How hard to lose a family member the extent of the loss will take time. Alicia lived her dreams which is hard for most people to do, living the adventure and making the most of her life. We really got to know each other when she stayed with me for the summer while trying to find work here in Texas. I’m so glad we had that time together. Love and hugs to everyone that is hurting now.

  • Jan Thompson Corder says:

    Warren, I am sad for your loss of Alicia. Your tribute is beautiful. You just miss her so much! Prayers and hugs to you, Margaret and your mother.

  • Judy Layne says:

    Warren, Margaret and family.
    I am so sorry to read about the loss of your sister, Alicia. Thank you for sharing your tribute and it was
    so beautiful. Many prayers for you and all your family as you comfort each other in the loss of your sister.
    Give your mother my love. God bless and much love to everyone.
    Judy Layne

  • Vic & Wanda Foster says:

    Warren and Margaret, We were shocked and hurt for you all to hear of this tragic event in your family. We suffer with you and pray for you. Our strength during times like this has been our faith in God and His love for us. We know that He has a plan for each of us and we trust and pray that He will uphold you, sustain you and establish you with his peace that only He can give. Our prayers continue to go up in your behalf.

  • Sandy Foret Courts says:

    I went to school (South Park High School), with Alicia and she will be missed. Prayers go out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace, let her sing and play her beautiful music for the Angels in heaven.

  • Susan Little Kidder says:

    I went to school with Alicia at South Park. I saw her at our last reunion and talked a long time, catching up on our lives. She had a sweet soul and I know the Class of 1970 will miss her when we all meet again this summer. My prayers go out to her family and many friends.

  • Vicki Doze says:

    Dear Warren, Margaret, Shannon and Tamara,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister and aunt. Losing a loved one is hard enough, losing one so tragically is even harder. Please share our condolences and sympathy with your mother. May God bless her at this time of sorrow.
    Love, Kent and Vicki

  • PAT CHESHIRE says:

    Dear Warren, Margaret, and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Alicia. I am glad she found happiness on the coast of South Carolina. That was a beautiful picture of her at the beach, and those were beautiful words written about her. I know she was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    May you all be comforted and surrounded by God’s love and peace.
    Sincerely,
    Pat Cheshire
    South Park High School Class of 1966

  • Bruce and Barbara Ayers says:

    Warren and Margaret,

    We were so sorry to learn about the loss of your sister,, Alicia.

    While we had never met her, we feel as though we know her from your beautifully-written obituary. Your words speak of family and love in an uplifting and inspiring way. I am sure that had we known her we would have been as fond of Alicia as we are of you and Margaret.

    May God bless and keep you during this difficult time,

    Bruce and Barbara