Obits — November 10, 2019


Mary Lou Russell Gray

A Time to Be Born: Mary Lou Russell Gray was born October 22, 1958 in LaGrange, Georgia to Willie Bridges and the late, Louise Russell. A Time to Be Gain: She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. A Time to Be Planted: She was educated in Troup County Schools System and attended East Depot High School. “Mae Lou Russell” as everyone affectionately called her was well known and loved in the community. The kitchen was her happy place and she knew how to dance her way around in it. She was formerly employed by Hillside, Burger King, Tyler Express, and Five Star. A Time of Peace: As the sunset, our beloved one departed from earth to Glory. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Marxavion Gray; grandmothers: Liz Russell and Mary Bridges; uncles: Bobby Russell and Clarence Bridges; and aunt, Mary A. Gates. A Time to Mourn: Mary Lou leaves to cherish the memories of her life, her beloved family: husband, Michael Gray; sons: Calvin Gray and Marvin Gray; daughter, Wanda Gray; god-daughters: Wanda (Carlos) Barrett, Keeron Jordan; sisters: Carolyn Russell, Shamonica Bridges, Pamela Bridges and Rita Young; brothers: Bobby J. Russell, Michael McCollough, Willie Bridges; special cousins: Johnnie (Renita) Russell; grandchildren: Deuntra Davis, Quintavious Carlisle, Isiah Hall, Skyler Williams, Derek Davis, Quinderrius Gray, and LaQuica Gray; great grandchildren: Aaden Thompson, Derek Davis, III, D’Kharii Davis, Dallas Davis, Deuntra Davis, Jr., and Iyunna Davis; god-mother, Pearl Baker; aunts and uncles: Mary Emma McCauley, Rubye Jennings, Ellen (Vincent) Daniels, Bernice (Hillard) Clark, Irene (Paul) Truitt, Kenneth Bridges, and Jessie Russell; special friend, Arthur Nelson; and a abundant amount of friends that she loved, cherished, and treated like family. Mae Lou Russell had unmeasurable love for her nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Time to Celebrate:  The Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:30 PM at Macedonia Baptist Church. Pastor Michael J. Jackson officiated. Interment followed at Southview Cemetery.