Daragh Ann Reed-GrayJanuary 11, 1955 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 62)
Today, we celebrate the home going of one of God's most precious jewels, Daragh Ann Reed-Gray. She was born in Chipley, Florida on January 11, 1955 to Eddie William Reed and Sarah Ann Lytes- Reed. She was the fifth child of her six siblings.
A product of a devout Christian home, Daragh professed her faith in God at an early age and became a member of Mount Ararat First Missionary Baptist of Chipley, Florida under the leadership and guidance of the late Reverend R. V. Jefferson. She served faithfully and unselfishly heeding God's commandment. She sincerely loved helping others and found joy in using her talents to serve God by being of service to humanity because she knew that,
"Only what you do for Christ will last...Only what you do for him will be counted in the end".
Daragh was educated in the public school system of Washington County, Florida, graduating from Chipley High School in the Class of 1973. Upon her completion of high school she attended the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in US History/African American History. She then went to the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida where she obtained her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Instruction. Daragh Ann was employed by Washington County School District as an educator for thirty-five years until her retirement in 2016. On July 25, 1998, she was joined in Holy Matrimony to Tony Lee Gray.
Daragh was a devoted daughter, wife, sister, aunt, church member, and friend. She reared her family in the the love, respect, and admonition of the Lord.
Her motto was,
"If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody that he's travelling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain."
Daragh's life not only touched her family, but she truly gained the love and respect of friends who will miss her dearly.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, our precious Daragh was called to her eternal, heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Eddie "Buddy" William Reed, the late Sarah Ann Cynthia Lytes-Reed of Chipley, Florida; and grandparents, the late Evans Paige and Maggie Walton Reed of Graceville,FL; and the late Reverend John Early Lytes, Sr. , the late Alice Gibson Lytes of Chipley, Florida; one brother SFC (Ret.) Gene Alfred Reed, Augusta, GA.
Mrs. Daragh Ann Reed-Gray precious memories will be forever cherished in our heart: a loving and devoted husband, Tony Lee Gray; Three Stepsons: Tony (Anita) Gray Jr., Jacksonville, FL, Brandon Gray, Tallahassee, FL; Ervin Gray, Tallahassee, FL; Eight Step-Grandchildren; One Great Grandchildren; One Brother: Ellis(Jane)Reed, Chipley,FL; Three Sisters: Anetha(Robert) Bell, Saint Johns,FL; Marilyn Collins, Chipley, FL; Tawana Bowers, Greenwood, FL; Three Special Cousins who were reared with her: Janet Mitchell, Marianna, FL; SFC(Ret.)Scott Reed, Jackson, MS and Forrest Reed, Graceville, FL; Eight Sisters-in-Law: Priscilla Reed, Augusta, GA; Mattie(Odell) Lewis, Campbell, FL, Pearlie Robinson, Tampa, FL, Louise Anderson, Tampa, FL, Glades Gray, Dade City, FL, Willie Gray, Tampa, FL, Betty Jean(Willie) Lewis, Tampa, FL Two Brothers-in-Law: Robert Gray, Malone, FL, Joseph Capehart, Dade City; Her Sweet Precious Nieces: Latisha(Dr.Daniel) Ward, St. Johns,FL, Shawana "Raquel" Bowers, Tallahassee, FL, Jasmine Bowers, Greenwood, FL, Kimberly Floyd, Fayetteville, NC; Seven Nephews: Efrem Reed, Ebril, Iraq, Darwin(Sophia) Reed, Chipley, FL, Shauan Reed, Chipley, FL, Gwuan (Dr. Selena)Reed, Tallahassee, FL, Tyrone Bell, St. Johns, FL, Robert Tierney (Shomahri) Bell, Orlando, FL, Bobby Collins, Chipley, FL; Sixteen Great Nieces and Nephews: Tanita Reed, Jeremy Reed, Sharlene Reed, Kassell, Germany, Ryan Ward, Riley Ward, St. Johns, FL, Qui'Bher Reed, E'Naj Reed, Ni'Kyah Collins, Chipley, FL, Anyanna Floyd, Augusta, GA, Anaje Bell, Autumn Bell, Atiera Bell, Aliyah Bell, Orlando, FL, Sarah Reed, Tallahassee, FL, Quintarious Reed, Virgina, Matthias Reed, Dothan, AL; and a host of cousins, and close friends.