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Subject: Tn-Shelby Co. Obituary (GRAY-Beattie (Bo)
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Shelby County TN Archives Obituaries.....GRAY-Beattie (Borland), Mary (Mollie) Melbourne February 17, 1938
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Northwestern Arkansas Times, Feb 18, 1938
Copy from Arkansas History Commission
GRAY Obit from Northwest Arkansas Times (formerly The Fayetteville Daily Democrat)
Fri Evening, Feb 18 1938
Mrs. O. C. Gray Dies in K.C.; Burial Here
Step-Mother of Carl Gray, Union Pacific President; Funeral Tomorrow A.M.
Mrs. Mary Beattie Gray, step-mother of Carl Gray, president of the Union Pacific
railway, and wife of the late Col. Oliver Crosby Gray, for many years a resident of
Fayetteville and Little Rock, died yesterday in Kansas City.
The body was cremated in Kansas City today and accompanied by Carl Gray and his
step-sister, Mrs. John Beattie Bell of Belzoni, Miss., is expected to arrive in
Fayetteville for burial tomorrow, over the Frisco lines.
The funeral party will reach here at 9:35 a.m. and proceed at once to Evergreen
cemetery where the ashes will be buried beside Col. Gray. Friends of the family who
care to do so are asked to join the funeral party at the train and accompany them to
the cemetery where funeral services will be said.
Rev. Harry Goodykoontz, pastor of First Presbyterian church of which the Gray family
were members during their residence here, and in which Col. Gray was an elder during
his local residence, will officiate.
Col. Gray was a veteran of the Confederate Army, third Arkansas Cavalry, and was
buried in Fayetteville with Confederate military honors following his death in
Little Rock where he served as head of the blind school for a number of years after
leaving Fayetteville where he was on the University faculty.
Col. and Mrs. Gray and Col. Gray's son, Carl Gray, and Mrs. Gray's two daughters
resided in Fayetteville on Dickson street near the Frisco station where Carl Gray
got his first railway job. A portion of the home is still standing.
Mrs. Gray was the former Mrs. Mary M. Beattie. Besides her famous step-son, she
leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Bell of Belzoni, Miss., who accompanies the ashes,
and Miss Grace Beattie, an instructor in the Colorado School for the Deaf at
Boulder[sic, Colo Sprs], Colo., who is unable to be present.
Mrs. Gray lived here from her marriage to Col. Gray in 1889 until the family removed
to Little Rock where Col. Gray died.
Her husband returned to Arkansas after the War Between the States to resume his
teaching in which he was engaged before hostilities. He first was principal of St.
John's Junior College in Little Rock and later its president from which office he
and his family came to Fayetteville where he was professor of mathematics on the
University faculty from 1875 to 1886. In 1886 Col. Gray resigned from the University
faculty to accept principalship of Fayetteville public schools, which office he held
two years, after which he returned to the University, a position he held until 1895,
when he was elected superintendent of the blind school at Little Rock. From 1899 to
1901 he was principal of the Speers-Langford Institution at Searcy. In 1901 he was
re-elected blind school superintendent, a position he held until his death.
He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Virginia L. Davis, (Carl Gray's
mother) to whom he was married in 1857. In 1889 he was married to Mrs. Mary M.
Beattie who with her two daughters, mentioned above, and his son, survived him.
Mrs. Gray for a number of years has been ill in Kansas City and her death was not
Born Mary Melbourne BORLAND 28 June 1850 in Hot Springs, AR while father was U S
Senator from Arkansas,Solon Borland, M D, moved to Memphis with older sister, poet
Fanny Green (Borland) Moores in 1869, married Johgn Beattie Feb 1872, who along with
sister;s husband died of yellow fever in 1878 epedimic, following year yellow fever
took her sister poet Fanny B Moores. Mary removed to Little Rock becoming Matron of
Deaf School till marriage to Gray in 1889.
Sadly, there are NO markings, nor records other than the above obituary that she is
buried next to husband Oliver Crosby GRAY in Evergreen Cemetery
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