Sarah Parrish Gray

Born on August 16, 1922

Departed on September 2, 2012 and resided in Knoxville, TN

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Gray, Sarah Evelyn Parrish

Mrs. Sarah Gray originally from Crocker Springs Road, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at age 90 on September 2, 2012 at Tennova Residential Hospice in Knoxville, Tennessee after an extended illness. Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Francis William Gray and by her husband of 12 years, MacRae Smith. She is survived by a son, Francis William (Bill) Gray, Jr. and his family, Peggy Chang and daughter Cassandra Mellon; a daughter, Linda Nell Gray; granddaughters, Rosanna Gray-Swain and Amanda Gray-Swain; a brother Clarence Webber Parrish of Naples, Florida; and a sister, Bobbie Allen of Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Gray will be greatly missed by many others including her many nephews and nieces; special friends Bob, Linda, and Stephen Mahley; as well as her friends at Heritage Assisted Living Facility of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mrs. Gray attended Vanderbilt University and graduated as one of the first female microbiologists in the state of Tennessee. Mrs. Gray worked as a well-respected microbiologist at St. Thomas Hospital and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during the course of her career.

Remains are at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The hours of visitation are 4:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3. Graveside service will be conducted at Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tennessee at 1:00 on Wednesday, September 4.

If desired, friends are requested to make donations to their favorite charity in remembrance of Mrs. Gray in lieu of flowers.

6 Comments to Sarah Parrish Gray

  1. Mac Wheeler
    April 12, 2009 12:00 am

    I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Sarah. The last couple of times I visited her in Knoxville she would be all dressed up & sitting outside waiting for me. I choose to believe that she will always be waiting for me, for all of us who follow. Rest in Peace Aunt Sarah, Love Mac

  2. Genie Lane Gray
    April 12, 2009 12:00 am

    Rest in Peace Aunt Sarah. You were a kind and generous person.

    You had a wonderful life and all of us will miss you.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Billyand your family linda Nell and your daugthers, and Aunt Sara’s sister and brother.
    Genie Lane


  3. Jim and Elsie Brown
    March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    We will always remember you as a strong,intelligent,and caring person. You will be missed and always fondly remembered.

  4. Judy Simpson
    March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    Sarah- I will miss you so!! You were the kindest person I have ever known. Love, Judy

  5. Webber Parrish
    March 12, 2009 12:00 am

    My big sister whom I loved very much and we never had a cross word in the 78 years we were sister and brother.
    Rest in Peace sister.

  6. Jacqueline Cahelo
    February 12, 2009 12:00 am

    I have so many special wonderful memories of and with Sarah. She had so many whose hearts and lives she touched during her brief time in Knoxville. So many of us will greatly miss her, but she lives on in our hearts. It was an honor and a privelege to have known and loved her.

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