Thomas "Henry" Gravely was one of 12 children born to William B. and Pearl Gravely. He was born June 11, 1953, and departed this earthly life on July 17, 2014.
Henry expressed a love for Christ at an early age and joined in the church family of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Carbondale. While there, he became an associate pastor and later became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hansford and remained pastor until his death. Henry retired from Elkem Metal in Alloy.
On July 17, God, in his infinite wisdom, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness, spoke to one of the dispatching angels to go guide Henry home. There's nothing on earth he needs to be concerned with now. Work undone is now considered finished.
Henry was preceded in death by his mother and father, William and Pearl Gravely; sisters, Madeline Gravely and Priscilla Patterson; and brothers, Robert Gravely and Bill Gravely.
Left to cherish many fond memories and the lovely smile he always carried are his loving wife, Won "Ann"; children, Teresa Smith of Buffalo, N.Y., Chong Ann (Ronald) Ford, Thomas Henry Gravely Jr., Linda (Rod) Coles and John (Tonette); sisters, Mary (Eddie) Price, Dorothy James, Bernice Gravely and Diane Walker, all of Buffalo, N.Y.; brothers, Walter (Linda) of Montgomery, Wayne (Maria) of Columbus, Ohio, and Rick (Tina) of Charleston; one uncle, Garfield Bohanna Sr. of Montgomery; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and church family.
Service will be noon Saturday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Carbondale, with the Rev. Cornell Byers and the Rev. Robert Morton officiating. Entombment will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, and also from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Carbondale.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.