Lula Hines Jenkins Wray, age 91, entered Heaven’s gate and was embraced by her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 27. Lula was the last remaining child of Jarvis Owen and Addie Pearle Hines. She was born on November 1, 1930. Siblings preceding her in death were brother William Hines; sisters, Marie Apple, Mattie Baynes, Alma Smith, Gertrude Welch and brother, J. O. Hines. She is also preceded in death by grandchildren Martin Jenkins, Michael Smith, and Chuck Smith.
Lula (who was affectionately known by family as, simply, “Grandma”) was primarily known for two key attributes, her faith in God and her love of her family. She was a faithful follower of Jesus, a rock-solid prayer warrior, and a long-standing active church member at Covington Wesleyan Church in Reidsville.
Lula was born in Rockingham County and raised in Wentworth. After meeting on a blind date, she married Henry William “Pop” Jenkins of Greer, S.C. The couple wed in 1950. They raised four beloved children: son, Bill Jenkins (wife, Judy); daughter, Lola Petty (husband, Sam); son, Randy Jenkins (wife, Sally), and daughter, Jeanette Arthur (husband, Steve).
Following Henry’s (“Pop”) passing in 1998, Lula became reacquainted with a high school classmate, Paul Wray. Lula and Paul married in 1999. Paul preceded Lula in death in 2020. Paul and Lula are survived by his son, Gary Wray (wife, Debbie).
In addition to loving her Lord and her family, Lula had numerous interests. She loved to travel, with the Holy Land and the Grand Canyon being two noteworthy destinations. She was an incredible cook, a skill many in her family still aspire to match. She was accomplished as a seamstress and quilter. She was also an avid Statler Brother’s fan and had seen them in concert on several occasions.
Amongst her greatest pleasures was preparing and enjoying a family dinner following Sunday services while surrounded by the family she loved.
Her living legacy includes, in addition to her four children and spouses, 15 grandchildren Justin Jenkins, Charity Cooper (Landon Cobb), Keith Petty (Renee), Kristie Saul (Sammy), Joshua Jenkins, Gordon Jenkins, Lola Renee Jenkins, Will Jenkins, Daniel Jenkins, Rebecca Jenkins, Joseph Jenkins, Stanton Jenkins, Larry Jenkins, Nicole Jones (Ben), Brittany Payne (Lee); 14 great-grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. At a recent family Christmas celebration more than 50 immediate family members were in attendance.
Lula retired from GTE/Sylvania following a successful work career spanning decades.
While the family grieves Lula’s passing, they rejoice in her presence in Heaven, the incredible joy she has singing praises to Jesus, and their assurance of eternally reuniting with her.
All services will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Reidsville NC on Saturday, October 29,2022. Family visitation will be at 2:00PM and the Celebration of Life Service will follow at 3:00PM. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jim Dotson will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Lula’s grandsons.
The family will welcome friends at the home of Lola Petty, 166 Woodberry Drive in Reidsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Covington Wesleyan Church, 3218 Vance Street Extension, Reidsville, NC 27320.