Thursday, February 5, 2009


We wanted to let everyone know that all of Josie's services will be held at First Baptist Church in Millington Tn. The viewing is Friday night from 6 PM to 8 PM and her funeral will be on Saturday at 10 AM. The Burial service will take place at Morris Cemetery in Brighton Tn (Trotter Rd).


  1. My name is Paige and I wanted to just let you know that the best will come for your family . I'm not anyone that you guys would know , i go to munford but have heard about her many times . I don't know if you know Caroline Valentine but yes she is one of my friends and I'm one of Mrs. Naifehs studentss .
    I just wish the best for your family . ((:

  2. Our class has been praying for Josie and we just want you to know that we will continue to pray for your family during this most difficult time. May God give you strength and peace.

    Jay Barnes Sunday School Class at FBC

  3. Gray family,
    Sally Ramsey at FBC Millington let me know about your sweet daughter. I just want you to know that we are PRAYING for you through this time and our heart goes out to you. Praying for God's mercy and grace over you at this moment.
    Mark and Mylissa Horrocks

  4. I am a friend of Amy Stoope. I have followed Josie's blog and have wept for you and prayed for your family, as well as my class at Bartlett Hills Baptist. I will continue to lift you up to find strength and peace during this time.
    In Him,
    Julie Wood

  5. My prayers go out to your entire family. If our family can help you in any way please let us know. WE love you guys. God will give you the strength to get through each and every day. Josie might have left this world, but she will be in our hearts forever. We will probably never truly know just how many lives she has touched and even changed because of her loving and caring spirit. We will continue to lift your family up in our prayers. --Emily

  6. you don't know me, a co-worker of mine (kathryn welch) told me about your daughter, Josie. My name is Casey and I have a brother who is almost 38 with Cystic Fibrosis. My whole family has been involved with 65Roses and many other CF organizations. It always breaks my heart to know of someone struggling with this disease. There is never a respite from CF, just good days and bad days. I am so thankful to know that Josie has such a massive community of people who have (and still do)cared about her. My mother is one of the strongest people I know, because every day that you have a sick child is a heartwrenching and painful day of prayer and fervent hope.
    Just know that a family in Gadsden,TN, Memphis,TN and clear up to Podunk, IL feels for your family and sends our most heartfelt and sincere love, and prayers for heavenly comfort.

  7. You don't know me, but my wife and I DJ'd at the dance at Tipton Rosemark last month. We dedicated some songs to Josie. When we learned what was going on with her, we began praying for her and your family. We are so sorry for your loss!! If there is ANY need you have please make it known to us. We will keep you in our prayers. May God strengthen your family and all of Josie's friends.
    Frank and Laura Manderino

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  9. im really sory about Josie's loss but at the same time im glad she doesnt have to suffer or worry anymore.

    i will be praying for the gray and lyles family

    -David Summers

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  11. The visitation tonight was sad, but I know that Josie is in a better place and not in pain anymore. So many people love her so much. It'll be hard, but we all have to get through this together. God bless, we are praying for your family.
    -The Diottes

  12. I know Josie is in a better place, but I still miss her. Love,
    Hannah - Grace Pritchard

  13. your family doesn't know me but I have been praying for Josie and I'm sorry about your loss
    I don't know why but I cried when I heard about Josie.I will pray that your familys heart can heal
    love in christ

  14. The service today was the most inspirational funeral service I have ever attended. We all knew what an amazing person Josie was—but the outpouring of friends really proved that today and last night. We were all blessed to have known Josie. Josie was truly a loving and inspiring person but she got it honest. I do believe that Heather is the most loving and courageous mother I have ever known!!!!

    Our family has cried many tears over the last few days—yes we are going to miss Josie greatly. We have lots of fun memories of her being at the house, going on trips with us, etc. But much of our heartache came from knowing or thinking what the family was going through and how they were going to handle the coming days without her. She was the “center” of that entire family. Heather’s words today were of such comfort. She was right—God was there with her—holding her up—allowing her to speak such inspiring words. She had just lost a precious child but knew that Josie was now free from pain and now living with our Wonderful Savior. Her faith is so strong that there she was comforting all of us—how amazing is that. Her wish was that through all of this that Josie brought people closer to the Lord. I truly believe she did, but Heather so did you! The entire family is a great example of what God wants us to be—loving, caring, and full of faith. Each of you are a living testimony of what one can do with Christ in their lives. All of you have touched so many lives in a way that you will probably never know. I am sure the last few months were emotionally draining on the family- but yet when we would go visit, they were all full of smiles and hope and most of all faith. Even last night, they were standing there for hours comforting each of us one by one. Their faith lifted us up. Josie was blessed to have such a loving family! God knew what he was doing when he gave Josie to this wonderful family.

    All of us that know Christ as our Savior, know that we will see Josie again some day and spend eternity together.

    We know that some of the coming days will be very lonely for you. We will continue to pray that God continues to keep his arms around you to give you strength to go on.

    We love you all so much.

    “Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.”

    Steve, Tammy, Haley, Ashley, and Staci Craig

    “Best friends are like stars; you don’t always see them but you know they are there “
    I love and will miss you dearly---Haley