Willie Cecil Gray

2 February 1908–25 February 1988 (Age 80)
Cleveland, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Willie Cecil

When Willie Cecil Gray was born on 2 February 1908, in Cleveland, Arkansas, United States, her father, James William Gray, was 24 and her mother, Susan C Ward, was 16. She married Gordon Keith Slade on 15 July 1927, in Ouachita, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, United States for about 5 years and Justice Precinct 6, Gregg, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 25 February 1988, in New Braunfels, Comal, Texas, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in New Braunfels, Comal, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Gordon Keith Slade
Willie Cecil Gray
Marriage: 15 July 1927
Margaret Slade
Gordon Wayne Slade
Dale Conrad Slade

Spouse and Children

15 July 1927
Ouachita, Arkansas, United States


Parents and Siblings

    James William Gray


    Susan C Ward




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 6

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

Age 21

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from Old English græg ‘gray’. In Scotland and Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach ‘brindled’, ‘gray’ ( see Reavey ). In North America this name has assimilated names with similar meaning from other European languages.2 English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Graye in Calvados, France, named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gratus, meaning ‘welcome’, ‘pleasing’ + the locative suffix -acum.3 French and Swiss French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône and Le Gray in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from Gray-laville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Willie Gray in household of James W Gray, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willie C Slade in household of Gordon K Slade, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Willie C Slade in household of Gordon K Slade, "United States Census, 1940"

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