Rosa  Gray


Mrs. Rosa Young Gray was born on September 26, 1926 in Worth County to the late Willie C. Young, Sr. and Sarah Thompkin Young. At an early age she joined Oak Grove Baptist Church of Sylvester, GA. Upon moving to Bartow, FL., she joined St. James AME Church. She was a member of the choir, taught Sunday School, and she held other positions in the church. After retiring, Rosa and her husband moved back to Ty Ty, GA., and they reconnected with Solomon Chapel AME Church. She served God in various capacities while at Solomon Chapel including Christian Educator Director, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School, Choir Member, Stewardess, Trustee and a life long missionary. Building on her faith, she diligently served in the youth department.

Rosa was educated in the Worth County Public School System. After graduating from High School, she attended Albany State University and Fort Valley State College where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She began her teaching career in Ty Ty, GA. Later, she moved to Bartow, FL. She taught for 30 plus years in Polk County Public School. She had a passion and dedication for educating the youth. She empowered her own children to embrace life and have faith in God, believing that through Him, all things are possible.

In 1948, Rosa met and married the "love of her life," Daniel Gray, Sr. Through their union, two children were born: Daniel, Jr. and Jimmie.

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Rose peacefully entered in eternal rest and went to be with her Lord and Savior. She leaves her cherished legacy and memories to her sons, Daniel (Barbara) Gray and Jimmie Gray; step-son, Fred (Vivian) Gray; brothers, Willie C. Young, Jr., Robert (Lendia) Young, and John (Percilla) Young; sisters, Elzena Kearney, Julia Love, Myrtice Blakely, Sylvia Daniels, and Shirley Parker; eight grands; eight great-grands; one great great grand; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Young, Ruthie Gordon, and Queen Ester Gordon; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other sorrowing relatives, church family members, and grieving friends.

A special "Thank You" to her dedicated and devoted caregivers: Jimmie Gray, Mary Billington, and Shirley Parker.

Service and repast will be at Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Ty Ty, Georgia. Burial will be at Brown Cemetery in Ty Ty. The wake will be Friday from 5-6 p.m. at Southview Mortuary Chapel. To sign the guestbook, please go to
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