Miss Amanda Norrell Gray

b. 05 Sept 1906 - Newport News, VA
d. 15 Jan 1991 - Ordinary, Gloucester, VA - age 84

Newport News High School, Class of June 1923; Longwood College, B. S.

Drama, Sponsor of the Class of 1948

Elizabeth Turner - Captain (probably seated on the floor with the ball), Virginia Rosenberger - manager, Ellen Fox, Ruth Clark, Frances Volk, Amanda Gray,
Mildred Baylor, Gladys Gillet, Ruth Fitchett, Gladys Ford, Loutrell Llewellyn, Annette Sibley, Hettie Jenkins; Miss Mildred Rucker, Coach
1923 Beacon, Girls Basketball Team 1948 Anchor, p.90 1955 Anchor, p.11
Courtesy of http://www.familyoldphotos.com/6c/2n/
at the suggestion of Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA - 07/11/07
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/25/04
WOW!  What a treasure! 
Thanks, Dave!
  "Miss Brewer, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Clark, and Miss Gray laugh heartily as Mrs. Thomas reads aloud some of her papers."  
1961 Anchor, p.27 1964 Anchor, p. 55 1966 Anchor, p. 12
02/10/07 02/10/07 02/10/07

...I viewed with great interest the picture of the girls basketball team of 1923 and wondered if Amanda Gray was THE Amanda Gray that taught drama when I was in school,( Class of '58.) What a terrific teacher. She had marvelous volumes of white hair and could make you cry when she was reading a play. Not to be confused with Dorothy Crane, THE MISTRESS of drama teachers. Dorothy and Helen Hayes had a summer stock theater in New England- somewhere.

- Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 07/13/07
WOWZERS! Great call, Sepi! Thanks so much!


Amanda "Chubby'' Norrell Gray, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, in her home.

, a native of Newport News, retired from the Newport News school system as a fifth-grade teacher at John W. Daniels School in 1966 after 40 years of service.

She was affiliated with Trinity Methodist Church.

She was a graduate of Longwood College and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teachers sorority. She was active in Newport News Little Theater.

Survivors include a sister, Dora Lee Peebles of Gloucester; two nephews, David Peebles, Gloucester and Kenneth W. Peebles of Newport News; and two nieces, Beverly Peebles Kelly of Newport News and Janet Peebles Host of Smithfield.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, by Rev. Dennis Schmidt.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Mrs. Dora Lee Peebles, Lisburne Lane, Gloucester.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center or the Virginia Living Museum.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge.

Published in the Daily press on 1/16/91.

Comedy-Tragedy Masks clip art courtesy of http://www.hscripts.com/freeimages/icons/human/face-mask-clipart.php - 03/25/06

Obituary added on 04/21/08

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