On a beautiful Saturday, October 14, 1939, Ruthie Lee Gray was born to the late Rubin Holliday and Velma Brooks –Holliday of Simpson County, Mississippi. She gained her wings on July 16, 2021, to rest in the arms of Jesus and to be reunited with her “momma” once again.
Ruthie joined Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisville, Mississippi at an early age professing her life to Christ under the leadership of the late Rev. Hines. She rededicated her life to Christ under the leadership of the late Rev. Joe G. Walker. As life move forward, she joined Anderson United Methodist church in Jackson, Mississippi by Christian experience and stayed a faithful, dedicated member until her health begin to decline.
Ruthie attended New Hyman High School in Pinola, Mississippi. She was employed for many years at River Hill Club in Jackson Mississippi. After retiring from River Hill Club, she began working at River Oaks Hospital as a Dietary Nutritionist in Flowood Mississippi. Years after, she retired from River Oaks Hospital. Ruthie continued her journey as a proud Co-owner of Gray’s Auto Shop, alongside her husband for many years. Giving her the title “Sheriff”.
Ruthie was united in marriage to Milton L. Gray Jr in Jackson, Mississippi to this union a son was born Master Milton Lee. “Slick” Gray III., in which he preceded them in death.
Ruthie’s unwavering love for Family was extremely important to her. She strived to keep a balance amongst all of us, crowning her Matriarch of the Holliday/Gray family. She enjoyed monthly trips with her church family and family vacations to Panama City Beach, Florida. In her past time, she loved reading her Harlequin Romance novels, solving crossword puzzles, watching old Westerns faithfully. She was a collector of elephants with the trunk's up, symbolizing good luck. She was an amazing cook, Ruthie was well known for her old- fashion schoolhouse Cornbread dressing, her signature cakes, especially the coconut cakes, her secret- seasoned Gumbo, salmon patties, and soups. Ruthie had a sense of style and elegance that was impeccable especially her red /plum hair.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Rubin and Velma Holliday, sibling Master Jimmy Dale Holliday, Maternal grandparents Margie (Bertha) Brooks, Parental grandparents Ed (Alice) Holliday, father / mother in-law Milton (Mary) Gray Sr, a special Aunt, cousin and nephew: Clementine Bryant, Luvenia Kelly and Malcolm Jones, a brother-in-law Charles O. Spratley and a sister-in-law's Rita Holliday,
Ruthie leaves to cherish her beautiful life a devoted husband of 51 years Milton L, Gray Jr, Jackson Mississippi. Three sons, E Lawrence (Sharon) Holliday, Flowood, Mississippi, Gregory (Connie) Holliday, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Warren (Barbara) Holliday of Jackson Mississippi, a special niece whom she cherished as a daughter -Taunya (Bryce) Bilbrew of Jackson, Mississippi.
Four Sisters: Mertis (Darnell) Wilson, Jackson, Mississippi, Lillie Welch of Gluckstadt, Mississippi, Deborah Spratley of Bakersfield, California, Cynthia (Barry Sr) Murray of Pensacola, Florida and 1 stepsister Belva Wheeler of Harrisville, Ms.
Five Brothers: Randy Holliday of Morton, Mississippi, Lawrence (Mary) Holliday, Jackson, Mississippi, Vassar (Jenny Sue) Holliday, Clinton, Mississippi, Deacon Marvin (Juanita) Holliday Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Timothy Holliday of Harrisville, Mississippi. Four grandchildren:
De ’Andria, Courtney both of Jackson, Mississippi, Erika Holliday of Flowood, Mississippi, Travis Holliday of Ridgeland, Mississippi. A host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephew of whom she loved dearly, many cousins and friends.