Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Michelle Gray Campbell


Michelle Gray Campbell, 40, a lifelong resident of Granville County, returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Michelle was the daughter of Ross and Debbie Gray. She was an active and devoted member of Oxford Baptist Church and was immersed in a Christian community that was her lifelong support from an early age. Michelle was blessed with three beautiful children. She has raised them with patience, discipline and humility. From the very beginning she dedicated her children to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of their faith. She graduated from J.F. Webb High School and went on to get her Bachelors degree from East Carolina University. She worked at Smart Start as a Reading Readiness Coordinator with the literacy program for many years. She was kind and compassionate and had a zest for life that could be felt by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by so many, who find comfort in knowing that she is finally at peace.

Other than her parents, Michelle is survived by three beautiful children; Haleigh Grace (11), Hunter (9) and Brooklyn (6), her grandmother; Ruth Williamson, Hunter Campbell, Charity Campbell as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and an endless number of friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oxford Baptist Church Music Ministry, P.O. Box 398 Oxford, NC 27565 or contributions to Michelle Campbell’s children’s trust fund at Union Bank.


  • Kathy Boyd Posted May 6, 2020 10:49 pm

    Debbie and Ross,

    My heart is heavy and aching for you. I’ve known Michelle since she was a baby. She was a beautiful soul throughout her short life. Please know that you and the children are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s love carry you through the coming days. Know that you are loved. Kathy, Kristin, Jocelyn, and John

  • Linda Frederickson Posted May 7, 2020 12:08 am

    Michelle was a wonderful person and served thousands of families and children during her tenure at Franklin Granville Vance Smart Start. Her gentle nature and sweet smile will be greatly missed. Prayers for comfort and peace for Michelle’s family and friends. Rest in Peace Sweet Lady.

  • LaShunda Thorpe Posted May 7, 2020 12:10 am

    I have known Michelle since kindergarten and we graduated high school together. She was sweet inside and out ! I supported her through fundraiser from afar and prayed that she would beat the deadly disease. I have learned that God has a garden and he chose this perfect flower to compliment his work. My condolences sent to Mrs Debbie that Is also have known bc she was my nurse and her dad along with her precious babies. My heart is sadden.

  • Chanel mangum Posted May 7, 2020 12:21 am

    Mrs. Debbie and Mr. Ross. Words can’t express how deeply sorry I am for you. My heart aches. Michelle was such a beautiful person, and always encouraging others. Even while she was going through herself. She always stayed positive and kept that beautiful smile on her face. I will miss seeing her. My prayers are with you. ❤️

  • Patrice Gray Posted May 7, 2020 12:21 am

    Michelle was by far the absolute most humble, loving, free spirit and an all around sweetheart. You are missed and loved by so many including myself. Continued prayers for Sweet Haleigh, Hunter, Brooklyn her Sweet mom Ms. Debbie and her Dad. “May the work I’ve done speak for me”. Well done Michelle Well done! Rest easy sweetheart..🤍🕊🤍🕊

  • Sarah Whitenack Posted May 7, 2020 12:56 am

    My heart is breaking upon learning of Michelle’s passing. I met Michelle in grad school. We lost touch afterwards, but she found me years later on Facebook. She and I both had our sons the same week and kept in touch through the past several years. What I will remember most about her was her sweet, southern accent and most of all her warm smile! I will miss her and pray for those precious children.

  • Chris Claiborne Posted May 7, 2020 12:59 am

    Such a beautiful soul. The world was such a better place with her in it. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Cameron Pendergraft Posted May 7, 2020 1:32 am

    Michelle was a beautiful soul. We will miss her light. What a loving mother she was. God bless you all.

  • Lynne Hardee Denis Posted May 7, 2020 1:55 am

    Debbie and Ross. I am truly sorry for the great loss of your daughter. How sad my heart is at this difficult time. I remember what a gorgeous little girl Michelle was and it was such a pleasure to have been able to be a part of her early life.Just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.

  • Bess Reece Posted May 7, 2020 2:07 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl and my heart just breaks for you all our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • John Tovey Posted May 7, 2020 2:16 am

    You were such a sweet loving person, who cared so much for your family , your friends and your church. I had only known you a few years, but I was always impressed by your strength and love of life.
    R.I.P. Michelle. My most sincere condolences to family.

  • Kendrah Small Posted May 7, 2020 2:51 am

    Such a very sweet and kind woman. My condolences goes to the family. You all are in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Jill Archer Posted May 7, 2020 4:05 am

    I never saw her NOT smiling. I had the pleasure of knowing her through Our Church family and knew from the beginning that She was such a kind soul. She had a heart of gold and an unbelievable strength and faith. Our prayers are with her entire family. She will be greatly missed. 💙.

  • Sandy Davis Posted May 7, 2020 7:57 am


  • Veneal Shearin Williams Posted May 7, 2020 11:12 am

    Ross and Debbie, my heart aches for the loss of your beautiful daughter, Michelle. I can tell from what I read, she was a special light and blessing to many. Praying for God to provide the strength, guidance and comfort needed each day. Keeping you and your family in my heart and prayers. In Him, Veneal

  • Candice Morgan Sanford Posted May 7, 2020 12:07 pm

    This is sooo sad the hear!!! Class of 97’ My prayers sent you the entire family and friends… She was the most sweetest, humble, kind hearted person.. she always lended a helping hand where needed!! God has TRULY RECEIVED AN ANGEL … she was a ANGEL ON EARTH AS WELL😢

  • Fred carswell Posted May 7, 2020 1:21 pm

    My heart and prayer go out to Michelle,, and her family.J too have lost a member of my family to cancer, someone who I truly adored.Michelle truly loved her children , she tried every avenue to be their for them.My heart and blessing go with Michelle, and her family. May God hold you close, and ease your pain.Much love FredCarswell

  • Jeanette Metzger Posted May 7, 2020 1:46 pm

    This is one amazing lady. The Odyssey class at Central Baptist Church has prayed for her and now the Lord is holding her. May the family know God’s precious love.❤️

  • Cindy Smith Posted May 7, 2020 2:29 pm

    Michelle is seen in her children’s smiles, actions & intellect…her legacy lives through them…beautiful, kind & loving…they brighten our Salem Farm Community & they will be watched over & loved by all those who adored their special mother…God Bless this family…

  • SONYA FALLS Posted May 7, 2020 2:54 pm

    At a time when we can’t gather to comfort this family, words seem weak but they are heartfelt. This young woman was a true example of strength, love and beauty. A quiet, gentle person is gracing heaven today.

  • Sandra Thompson Posted May 7, 2020 5:57 pm

    Debbie, I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your daughter; I pray God will send you peace and comfort; Keep her alive with memories and the love of her children

  • The Brown Family Posted May 7, 2020 6:24 pm

    We are praying for you and thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. What an amazing gift is to know Michelle. We are so grateful for the time that God gave us with her!!

  • Jimmy and Kathy Carroll Posted May 7, 2020 8:10 pm

    We did not know Michelle personally but from reading comments and posts, we did not need to know her personally to know that she was a beautiful, loving, and caring person. All these words have spoken with volume and are a wonderful tribute to Michelle. Debbie and Ross, our hearts ache for you and the children, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  • Tom and Betty Eaves, Pam and William Ayscue Posted May 8, 2020 12:27 am

    Ruth, Debbie and the rest of the family, we were so sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and prayers your way.

  • Alvin Donna Clark Posted May 8, 2020 12:45 am

    They say that when you hear a bell ring than an angel gets there wings. Michele has that and so much more. It is said that we each have a gift that only you can give, we all have been touched by Michele and the gifts God gave her. Count that as a blessing. We will see her again when we all get home and we will remember her as we all care ,pray, and watch Haliegh, Hunter Jr and Brooklyn grow up. For her parents we ask that they find comfort in knowing how much she loved them. She often shared how grateful she was to have so much. She lived life as she believed God meant her to. For all of us that were blessed to have been around her, we can say that there are angels among us. She believed it was better to forgive than to be right. She has gone ahead to prepare for the day we all see her again. For her family and children and friends, we ask that you love each other as she loved you.

  • roni Posted May 8, 2020 2:16 pm

    I am truly sorry to hear that Michelle has passed on, yet, she is the lucky one, she is with Jesus now and she suffers no more. Sending much love to the children and family and prayers for courage and strength to make it through the days to come.

  • Tony Cozart Posted May 8, 2020 5:07 pm

    Michelle’s passing saddens my heart. I had the special pleasure of working closely with her at Smart Start for 5 years. The agency was truly blessed to have such a considerate and competent team member. Her fairh in God and love for her family were evident in all conversations. I pray a special comfort upon her family.

  • Danny and Jane Posted May 9, 2020 2:54 pm

    Dear Debbie and Ross, words are so inadequate at this time. We loved Michelle and supported her and will continue to support all of you through the upcoming trials and difficult months ahead. You know how much we love you both and Th e children. They are so precious and so loved by so many. Michelle also knew how loved they are. We are here for you and I will visit once things settle a little. Brooklyn has been taken care of and the three have a nurturing school community who will always be there for them in all of their years there. We love you all and continue to hold you all in our thoughts and prayers. She fought the battles and she won the war! She is safe with her Heavenly Father!

  • Claudette Scales Posted May 10, 2020 4:01 pm

    My condolences and prayers to the family. Michelle was so kind and supportive when I worked as the Pre-K Coordinator for VCS. I’ll always remember her kind and gentle spirit.

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