Born in Laurens County, she was a daughter of the late William Pittman Thomas, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Wilkins Thomas. Kay was a graduate of Ford High School and was a homemaker. She loved turtles and was a proud “Navy Mom”.
Her world revolved around her family and she is survived by her five children, Merry Gray Rhodes and husband Tony of Clinton, Sonia Taylor Malone and husband Mark of Laurens, Janice Gray of Laurens, James Richard “Little Ricky” Gray, Jr. and wife April of Clinton, and Thomas Corey Taylor and wife Andrea of Williamston; a brother, William Pittman “Bill” Thomas, Jr. of Laurens; sixteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; special nieces, Dianna Hill of Clinton, Cindy Davis and husband Matthew of Gray Court, and Tammy Summers of Murphy, NC; great-niece, Sonja Kay Perkins of Clinton; and the father to her children, James Nicholas “Nick” Taylor of Gray Court.
In addition to her parents, Kay was predeceased by her first husband, James Richard Gray, Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, January 11, 2018, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Richard Ashley. The family will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary one hour prior to the service.
The family will be at the home of her son, James Gray, 651 Bar B Villa Road, Clinton, SC 29325.
Memorials may be made to Laurens County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 997, Greenwood, SC 29648 or to USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20077.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.