Shelia Tanksley-Gray


Shelia Paulette Tanksley-Gray, 51, of Hensley, Arkansas, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Hollister, Missouri.

She entered this life on May 18, 1968, in Sikeston, Missouri, the daughter of Daniel Tanksley Sr. and Mildred Williams Tanksley. She was joined in marriage on Dec. 22, 2018 to Toby Lee Gray.

Shelia was a faithful member of Bingham Road Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she sang in the choir and served with passion. She had a tender heart and was a loving and caring person. Most of all, she loved her family. All who knew her will miss her dearly.

Shelia is survived by her husband, Toby Gray; one daughter, Alisha Cheyenne Meyer of Sikeston; one son, Dustin Cody Gray and wife Jamie of Little Rock, Arkansas; her stepchildren: Jennifer Tozier and Maria Meyer-Anderson, both of Metropolis, Josh Meyer of Indiana and Joe Trew of Tennessee; three brothers, Daniel Richard Tanksley II and wife Mona of Oakland, Nebraska, David Paul Tanksley and wife Debbie of Ottomwa, Iowa and Michael Shane Tanksley and wife Stacey of East Prairie, Missouri; five sisters, Almedia Payne of Charleston, Missouri, Gwen Duke and husband David, Sharon Johnson and husband J.T., Jeanie Johnson and Jackie Wallace, all of East Prairie; her mother-in-law, Rebecca Kay Brewer of Hensley; and her father-in-law, Terry Glen Gray and wife Diane of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers-in-law, Jack Wallace and Bobby Johnson.

Memorial service was held Friday at East Prairie Cemetery and on Sunday following services at the Bingham Road Baptist Church in Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bingham Road Baptist Church or to the American Diabetes Association (

Cremations of the Ozarks was in charge of arrangements.

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