Barbara L. Gray, 86, of Paducah, died at 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at her son’s home in West Paducah.

She was a member of Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from The Paducah Sun newspaper as an editor.

She is survived by three sons, Damaris Lamond Gray, of Paducah, Rev. Wendell D. Gray of Arlington, and Jerry Wayne Gray Sr. of West Paducah; five grandchildren; several great and great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by husband, Marshall Gray Jr.; one sister; and one brother. Her parents were Robert Lee Carter and Laura Louise Moody Carter.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Wendell D. Gray and Rev. Raynarldo Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Maplelawn Park Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to the funeral hour Saturday at the church.

Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may light a candle or leave online condolences at

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