Life began for Mrs. Josephine Garrett-Gray, affectionately called Big Joe, Big Mama and Ms. Josie, of Marianna, Florida on November 2, 1935, to the late Coley Sr. and Alma Garrett. She entered into eternal rest on Monday, July 16th at home. She was 82 years old.
A native of Jackson County, she was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from the Florida State Hospital as a UTR Specialist after many years of employment.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Ben Gray. They shared many wonderful years together.
Precious memories will forever remain with her sister, Nellie Garrett Black of Marianna, Florida; one brother, Coley Garrett, Jr.(Mary) of Miami, Florida; five grandchildren, Jenella Garrett Brown (Edward, Jr.), Natalie Garrett, Sylvia Garrett, Carlishia Garrett and Christy Garrett (Rashad); three grandson’s, Cedric Adams, James Barkley and Nathqrones Mullins; great grandchildren, JaVoris Garrett, Nakista Mobley, O’deisa Orange, Otis Orange, Precious & Brianna Manning, Radashia & Tytianna Peace, Adrian Washington, Elijah Brown, Edward Brown, III, Tony Brown, Micaiah Spence, Zion Perkins and Rashad Perkins Jr.; two nephews she raised as her own, Earl Smith and Kenderick Barkley; special goddaughter, Heather Johnson and children, Nykeem, NyKavian and Ny’Marion; special step daughter, Shirley Gray; special friends, Cleoa Johnson, Mable Leonard and Martha Baker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A homegoing service to celebrate Ms. Josie’s life will be held Saturday, July 21st at 2p.m. at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Dwight Cockerham, Sr., Rev. William Harvey, Rev. Freddie Roulhac and Rev. Lucious Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.
Ms. Josie’s remains will lie-in-repose for one hour prior to the 2p.m. funeral time on Saturday at Mt. Tabor.