November 22, 2021, 95, Mount Olive –
Mrs. Mattie Baker Grady, at the age of 95, in the late evening hours of Monday, November 22, 2021, left the comforts of her “little home,” to go be with her Lord and Saviour and to dwell in her heavenly mansion that He had prepared just for her.
Known as Granny to family and friend alike, she was the epitome of a fine Christian and her life exemplified what a Godly woman should be. After graduating from Brogden High School, she soon married and began a life of hard work being a homemaker and farmer’s wife. In all that she did, the love of her Heavenly Father was evidenced through her gentle spirit and pleasing smile. Always selfless and humble, she was faithful to meet the demands and desires of her family, whether in the hot fields of summer, by the stove in the kitchen, behind the ironing board, at the clothes line, in the yard, at her church, or just out and about in the community, she was one to be counted on.
Excellent sewing skills caused family and neighbors to seek her out for garment creations without a pattern, extensive alterations, or simple tasks such as zipper replacements, sewing on a button, hemming a skirt or pants, she was an accomplished seamstress. In later years, she worked in the cafeteria at Brogden Middle School.
Loved ones she leaves behind include her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Grady Langston and Paul S. Langston of Mount Olive, Susan Grady Lewis and Freddie Lewis, also of Mount Olive, and Renee Grady Sutton and Lane Sutton, of Dudley; six grandchildren, Michael Langston and wife, Amy, Jamie Langston and wife, Dana, Ashley Lewis Locklear, Kelly Lewis Brock and husband, Brandon, Ethan James Sutton, and Abby Lane Sutton; and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Mitchell, Megan, and Jonathan Langston, Kaydynce and Willow Locklear, and Braydon and Mattie Grace Brock. Being the matriarch of her five-generation family, she was blessed to briefly be a part of the life of her first great-great-grandchild, Brantley Boutin. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly, including niece with whom she was vital in her upbringing, Phyllis Wilbourn, and a special friend, Tara Britt. She also leaves behind her beloved feline companions, Taboe and Blackie.
She now joins in death her husband, James Henry Grady; their son, Toby Allen Grady; a nephew raised as a son, Danny Williams; her parents, John Allen and Vennie Anderson Baker; sisters, Ethel B. Williams and Melba Baker; and brothers, Russell, Bill, Dewey, and George Baker.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Community Home Care and Hospice for excellence in caring for Granny. They also are indebted to the folks at Vidant Duplin Hospital for the compassionate care they gave Mrs. Grady.
The life of Mrs. Mattie Grady will be celebrated in a worship service to be held Friday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Mount Olive where she was a faithful member. Officiating will be Pastor Jeffrey Dail. Interment will be private. The family welcomes all—family, friends, neighbors—to the Grady home to share condolences and to remember the life of this wonderful lady. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made to First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 130 Ed Edmundson Road, Mount Olive, NC 28365.
She loved us all, and we loved her “A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck…” May she sweetly rest in the arms of Jesus.To send flowers to the family of Mattie Baker Grady please visit our Tribute Store.