Mary Gray, was one of the two children born to the late Matthew and Lousinda Gray. Both of Mrs. Gray’s parents were teachers, so she naturally developed a love for teaching and learning. She was educated in Harding County School System, where she graduated high school and worked as a substitute teacher. She later attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, receiving her Bachelors of Science Degree, and became a teacher Harding County at the very school she graduated high school from.
She later moved to Bedford County and was offered by Mr. Sydney Harris to teach in Bell Buckle, TN. He later offered her to take over Mrs. Sydney Harris’ music class, she accepted with pleasure as she loved music. She spent a few terms there and was later approached again by Mr. Sydney Harris and offered a position to become an English Teacher at The Bedford County Training School.
She decided to return to school this time receiving her Master’s of Science Degree in 1963. Mrs. gray was the first black teacher to be moved during segregation. She taught until 1975 when she decided to retire from teaching in the public school system.
Today, with her chalk board always ready for a note, mind as sharp as ever she still reads the newspaper front to back everyday, keeping up with current events. Sharing the knowledge of her travels to Chicago, Germany, Russia and France, doing what she always taught, enjoy your mind and you will enjoy your life.