Climelia "Cli" Black Gray

  • Born: January 21, 1939
  • Died: July 10, 2020
  • Location: Easley, South Carolina

Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory - Powdersville Road

1425 Powdersville Road
Easley, SC 29642
Tel. (864) 442-1800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Cli by adding your memories and photos.

Lydia Climelia "Cli" Black Gray, 81, widow of the late MSGT Ret. Johnie Lafe Gray, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020.

Cli was born January 21, 1939 in Easley, a daughter of the late Morris and Pauline Watkins Black. She was a 1957 graduate of Easley High School. She was a dedicated homemaker and mom while her husband served our country in the Air Force. She was a beloved member of Flat Rock Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.

Surviving are her son, Morris "Mo" Gray (Robbin) of Easley; three daughters, Charlotte Burgess (Mike) of Easley; Carol Gray of Asheville, NC; and Celeste Bowie (Steve) of Six Mile; two sisters, Beth McDonald of Toccoa, GA; and Beverly Merry of Easley; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday, July 13, 2020 from 10:00am - 10:45am at Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am in the chapel. Interment will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited to 50 people. Scroll to the video player below to view the service.

Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to Flat Rock Baptist Church, 115 Slab Bridge Road, Liberty, SC 29657; or to the American Diabetes Association, 107 Westpark Blvd #220, Columbia, SC 29210.

Click the play button in the video player below to watch the service.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory-Powdersville Road, Easley.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Beverly and family. Dale and I were so sorry to hear about Cli, we want you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please don't hesitate to let us know. We love you all.

Posted by Dale & Kay Wood - Easley, SC - Family Friend   July 19, 2020

Charlotte, I was so saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. She was one of my Mom's favorite friends at Magnolias. I liked her from the second that I met her. She was always sweet, talkative, and had the cutest sense of humor. Mom and I will miss her. Prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Karen Stephens - Easley, SC - Friend   July 17, 2020

We were so very sorry to hear of Cli's passing away. She was at Magnolias when my daddy, John Fred Parker, was there. She was one of his best Porch Posse friends (the nickname that Nicole, the nurse, gave to their group of nine) who would sit out on the porch together. They all had so much fun laughing and enjoying one another's company while reminiscing with their old stories. She was one of our favorite people and such a fine, wonderful, and caring lady. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

Posted by Dan and Ann Hancock - Easley, SC - Friend   July 16, 2020

Our sincere condolences Charlie for the loss of your Mother. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by Mary Reddy - Easley, SC - coworker   July 14, 2020

Cli was a close friend from Grade 1 through 7 at Zion Elementary School, and also through high school at Easley High School. After graduation I was honored to serve as a bridesmaid at her wedding with Johnnie at Carmel Presbyterian Church. We were again in contact while she was at Magnolias in Easley. She has always remained my good friend thru the years. May God give her family peace and joy as we all remember Cli. Rachel Ann (Roper) and Carlos and family

Posted by Rachel R. Watson - Pickens, SC - Friend   July 14, 2020

To Cli's family, My mother, Lib Tompkins, was at The Retreat with Cli. From the time she moved in, Cli was so friendly and caring. She talked to our family, and made a point to make mom feel welcome. She will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you! Sherry Booth

Posted by Sherry Booth - Easley, SC - Acquaintance   July 13, 2020

My sincere condolences to family and friends. May God bless you all with peace and comfort as only He can.

Posted by Mark Hardison - Oneonta, NY - acquaintance   July 13, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by Josephine Garrett - Memphis, TN - friend   July 13, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family and friends.

Posted by Connye Gregg - Southaven, MS - Friend   July 13, 2020

When I attended Flat Rock Baptist Church, I would always sit behind Mrs. Cli and Mr. Johnny. They were my entertainment at church and always made me laugh. She was a sweet, spunky lady and will be missed. My prayers are with the family.

Posted by Tonya Bledsoe Bledsoe - EASLEY, SC - Friend   July 13, 2020

I always had a friend in Jonny and Cli and was blessed to sit with them in the kitchen many times. Cli was always faithful to choir and a whole lot of fun in ladies ensemble! Bonnie and I were privileged to be her friend.

Posted by Jeff and Bonnie Barrett - Liberty, SC - Family Friend   July 12, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you

Posted by Diana - Collierville, TN - Friend   July 12, 2020

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Rita Dodgins - Easley, SC - friend   July 12, 2020

She is at home with JL now. They are complete again. Barb Walker

Posted by Barbara Walker - AR - family   July 11, 2020

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