Jean Temple

April 11, 1943November 5, 2018

Jean D. Temple, 75 of Shakerag, died on November 5, 2018 after a prolonged illness. Jean was a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for almost 30 years. She was a decades-long fixture at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, and she traveled the world with her husband, Gray, who survives her. She is also survived by her sister, Cathie Eyre, her two sons, Charles and Brent, and by four grandsons.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 10, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, which is located at 4755 North Peachtree Rd. The family will receive guests afterward, and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Ovarian Cancer Institute (, or to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Don and Sue Clark

January 1, 2019

Grey, we just learned of your loss. There are no words to express our grief. Jean is among the most memorable student and friend. I will never forget the moment she turned around and saw me in my priest collar for the first time. She was so happy.
We will always love you both.
Don and Sue

Joan Casey

December 20, 2018

Dearest Gray, Charles, Brent & Family,
My heart goes out to all of you this Christmas. Jean was my second Mother, my wings and my soul. The day I heard of her death, I went to her office and sat in my “ seat”, knowing it was my last time, to take in every sight and sound and truly feel her being from our 16 years together. I felt so close to her. I attended the memorial and, thankfully, got to see her beautiful family....Charles’ and Brent’s words were inspirational and accurately fulfilling. I miss my sweet Jean every day. I brought my ten year old twins to meet her this past summer and feel so thankful for that. I pray that you are all healing from this tremendous loss. Jean Temple is an Angel to me and my family. I will ALWAYS love her kind, gentle and supremely intuitive soul. She is truly a Gift from God. I pray that the memories of her life on this earth will comfort and sustain you. My heart is with you all, especially through Christmas and the new year. She will be in my heart and soul til I take my last breath. May God Bless you all through your grief. Know you are thought of daily and loved through my connection to sweet Jean. Sending much love and prayer to you all. Joan Casey

Theophus Smith

November 14, 2018

Brent and Charles,
Your funeral eulogies for our beloved Jean were priceless. Lucid and genuine, illuminating her life and singular genius.
As you said, yes: she could look at you straight on without self-distraction, fully present. And yes, she showed a few flaws like leaving the caps off of bottles and jars; but not the soul-marring flaws that hinder true presence.
To share such vivid memories of her: certainly you two are the eloquent sons of your consummately articulate parents.
Please forward me copies, without pressure to edit or finesse the text. Notes are fine as you read them. --The Rev. Thee Smith, seminarian under Gray at St. Patrick's in the late 1990s and Priest Assoc., Cathedral of St. Philip,

Nancy Haberland

November 10, 2018

To Gray and Family: Chris and I send our sincere condolences to you on the loss of Jean. We remember her as a deeply caring person who always went out of her way to minister the love of Jesus to everyone, ourselves included. She leaves a legacy of that love with all who were privileged to have known her. May our Lord comfort and strengthen you as you bear this loss in the days ahead.

Nancy & Chris Haberland
128 Preserve Pkwy.
Ball Ground, GA 30107

Len Sykes

November 9, 2018

Dear Gray,
I was stunned today when Tom and Lucy Belt told me of Jean‘s passing. After my first wife’s death she was a true Godsend to me for many years as my counselor. She was kind, gentle, wise, and very godly. She helped me fall in love with the Lord Jesus. She will always have a special place in my heart. May our Lord’s tender mercies be with you and your children and grandchildren. Len Sykes

Jose Ortega-Betancourt

November 9, 2018

My heart is saddened by the loss of a true and great friend. She did in all respects represent the Spirit of Jesus in the world. For that reason I rejoice in her present glory, reigning together with Him whom she inspired us to serve.

See you soon Jean.


Katherine Hilton

November 9, 2018

Jean and Gray cover two parts of my life and in each one I remember them very fondly. First, when Gray took over St. Luke's in Boone, NC, I was about 10 years old. He and Jean were friends of my family and such a strong, energetic presence. Later, at Camp Henry, they were beautiful leaders for us kids, who thought they hung the moon. With many happy memories and love,

Shay Taylor

November 9, 2018

I met Jean and Gray at Superstar Camp. Now 60, I was a 6th grader then, and Jean’s joy and grace were a wonder to behold. The love with which Gray looked at her was an example to me of how marriage should be, emphasized by how my own parents were together. I wanted to be like Jean, when I grew up. And I named my son Gray. Fleeting moments in our lives often touch others profoundly. I was so touched by Jean and Gray during that week.

Dan Henderson

November 9, 2018

I was one blessed to have known Jean and Gray back to the late 60s / early 70s through The Episcopal Church and Camp Henry. I had the privilege to work with them several times as a counselor at Camp - and later in the late 70s / early 80s when I was a director at the Camp I modeled my sessions around their always creative work. A few times after their move to Atlanta our paths were fortunate enough to cross, and each moment was a blessing, May God send His Angels to be with Gray and all of the family as they mourn yet celebrate truly a life well lived. And thank you Jean for your part in helping me become the person that I am... Rest in peace...

Tracy Councill

November 8, 2018

I so admired Jean! She was smart and fun and kind and adventurous. I hadn’t seen Jean and Gray for years, but I am grateful to have known you when you were in Boone.