Mrs. Beryline Lowery Gray, 67, of 603 Brevard Street, Statesville, N.C., was born in Iredell County on May 25, 1952, and was the daughter of the late Napoleon Theadore Lowery Sr. and the late Alberta Blackwelder Lowery. She peacefully went into God’s care on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at her home.
SoulLady, as she was called, went to Dunbar High School in Mooresville, N.C., and was a member of Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ since 1976, a past member of The Lady Spades and some call her “The Queen of Rankin Town.” Ganna, as she was called by her grandchildren, was a loving family woman who enjoyed playing cards, singing, dancing and was always first on the dance floor. Above all, she loved the Lord.
On April 2, 1983, she married the love of her life, Mr. James Willard “Whimp” Gray, who preceded her in death on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Douglas Edward Lowery; and three sisters, Virginia Lowery Alexander, Gladys Lowery Smith and Roberta Lowery Portlock.
Beryl went to Dunbar High School and was a member of Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ since 1976.
She leaves to cherish the memory of her life a daughter, Audrilla D. Lowery of Statesville; a son, William T. Lowery of Statesville; an abopted daughter, Shirlyn Sloan Heilig of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Bobby D. (Telia) “BJ” Holmes Jr., Lakedra Lowery (CJ) Ramseur, William T. Lowery Jr., Tylisa Lowery, Tyquan Lowery, and Tykia Lowery, all of Statesville; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Napoleon Theadore (Phyllis) Lowery, Jr. of Mooresville and Allan (Grace) Lowery of Kannapolis; three sisters, Dorothy Lowery Reid of Washington, D.C., her twin, Meryline Lowery Wilson of Greensboro, and Sylvia D. Lowery of Statesville N.C.; three sister-in-laws, Barbara Gray, Rethlene Gray and Cynthia Gray, all of Statesville; a special niece, Shonda Lowery; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life Services and Full Complete Obituary are incomplete at this time.
Members of the family will assemble at the residence of her Grandson Bobby “BJ” Holmes Jr., 708 West Pine Circle, Statesville, N.C.
Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the family.