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Ruffin Cemetery

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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Thursday January 16th, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Ruffin United Methodist Church
Friday January 17th, 2020

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Virginia Grey Wright Gay

Virginia Grey Wright Gay, age 96, of Ruffin, North Carolina died on January 15, 2020 at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, North Carolina. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, January 17, 2019 at Ruffin United Methodist Church with Rev. Lee Eggers officiating. Burial will follow in Ruffin Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Other times the family will be at 139 Wright Street, Ruffin (the home behind Mrs. Gay’s house). Mrs. Gay was born in Ruffin on March 25, 1923 to Edgar Cameron Wright, Sr. and Mabel Hatchett Wright. She graduated from Ruffin High School and Greensboro College. She made her career in education, serving in the North Carolina Public School system in Walstonburg, Wilson, Bear Creek, and North Wilkesboro, before returning to teach English at Ruffin High School after the death of her husband in 1963. She made her home in Ruffin for the rest of her life, retiring from teaching in the late 1970’s. Mrs. Gay was a member of Ruffin United Methodist Church where she was involved in the E.C. Wright, Jr. Memorial Sunday School Class, Pastor- Parish Relations committee, and United Methodist Women. She was a woman of class, dignity, humor, and wit, affectionately called “Lick” by her family. Mrs. Gay is predeceased by her parents; husband, James (“Pappy”) Albert Gay; brother, Edgar Cameron Wright, Jr. and wife, Marie Tripp Wright; sister, Cornelia Wright Morton and husband, George Daniel Morton, Sr.; nephew, George Morton, Jr. and wife, Lucy; and great nephew, David Richard Canady. She is survived by her nieces Pamela Page Starr and husband Doug, Jeanne Wright Canady and husband David; nephew, Edgar Morton and wife Libby; great nieces, Meredith Page Switzer and husband Jeff, Jessica Tripp Page and husband Chris Weed, Rachel Starr, Martha Morton, Cornelia Morton Poer and husband, Brian; great nephews, Graham Page and wife Sonia, Andrew Canady, Tom Morton, Eddie Morton and wife Hope, Jason Morton and wife Janet, and the late Daniel Morton; great great niece, Aurora Page-Weed; and great great nephews, Wyatt Stone, Tripp Switzer, Miller Switzer, Cameron Page, Gael Page, and Max Page. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Ruffin United Methodist Church, 9640 US 29 Business, Ruffin, NC 27326.

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Mrs. Gay was an exceptional teacher and person. I had the honor of being one of her students at Ruffin High School. She left such positive lasting memories. Thank you Mrs. Gay! Rest in Peace!

Susan Jones McCollum Jan 20 2020 6:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Grey Gay

Kathy Gwin Jan 18 2020 3:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Grey Gay

Nancy Raines Jan 18 2020 3:22 PM

I have never forgotten Mrs. Gay. She was a wonderful Educator and a lovely and extremely stylish Lady. She will always remain in my heart. She was always encouraging and kind to me. Heaven has another angel.

Jo Ann Huskey Corum Smith Jan 18 2020 11:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Grey Gay

Kathy Higgs Jan 17 2020 10:08 AM

Mrs. Gay was one of the nicest people I know and as someone on here said she had a distinct dignity about her. She was one of my teachers at Ruffin High School where she taught for many years. I have a lot of fond memories of this sweet lady. She will be missed greatly. My sympathies go out to her family and I am very sorry for your loss. She lived a long and happy life...

Thelma Oatman Jan 17 2020 10:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Grey Gay

Thelma Oatman Jan 17 2020 10:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Virginia Grey Gay

Tanya B.Ferguson Jan 17 2020 9:59 AM

She was the epitome of what is termed "a Southern lady" and a wonderful, wonderful teacher and mentor. I attribute much of my love for classic literature and writing to her guidance and inspiration. Mrs. Gay made Ruffin High School a very special place and with her gentleness and kindness earned a very special place in the hearts of her students. What a great legacy to have touched the lives of so many of her students! How blessed we are to have had her teach us! Her memory will never die. May God be with her family. With deepest sympathy, Mary Lee Hawkins Class of 1972

Mary Lee Hawkins Jan 17 2020 9:36 AM

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Jennifer Griffin Jan 17 2020 4:19 AM

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