LaWanda Joe Jarrett Gray, 70, of Monticello, formerly of McGehee, died on February 3, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Mrs. Gray served as the secretary at First Baptist Church of McGehee for 35 years where she was a member and taught Sunday School for more than 40 years.
She was a former McGehee City Clerk, a member of the Ladies PEO Chapter, vice president of the Seark Concert Association, a Drew County Historical Society board member and Drew County Museum board member. She was also a member of the Honduras Mission Team at First Baptist Church of McGehee.
When asked what her greatest accomplishment in life was, Mrs. Gray said “the laughs that she shared with her family.” She had a contagious sense of humor and was an inspiration to all.
She was born on July 23, 1944 in Monticello and was the daughter of the late Joe Thompson and Marene Tucker McKinzie.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Jackie Lee Jarrett, Sr.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Gray of Monticello; a son, Jackie Jarrett, Jr. and his wife Dana of McGehee; a daughter, Debbie Jarrett Clairday of Gould; a stepson, Ted Patrick Gray and his wife, Jayce of Monticello; a stepdaughter, Tess Gray Kilcrease and her husband, David of Monticello; a brother, Damon “Butch” Thompson and his wife, Mickey of League City, Texas; grandchildren, Jill Ashley Jarrett Barber and her husband, Kevin, Jarrett Tyler Cox, McKinzie Jarrett, and Courtney Joe Clairday; great-grandson, Jackson Cash Barber; step-granddaughters, Channing Hathcoat, Kailyn Hathcoat, and Karson Kilcrease.
Visitation will be February 5 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral services will be held February 6 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of McGehee with Dr. Ed Balducci and Matthew Gray officiating. Burial will be at Tillar Cemetery in Tillar.