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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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.

Lucy Belt

November 8, 2018

Such a joy to see Jean almost every Sunday at St Patrick's for about ten years! A wonderful friend and mentor.
We came to church in the same color clothes nine out of ten Sundays! Always big smiles when we saw what each other was wearing.
Prayers for family and friends,

Sean McHugh

November 8, 2018

Charles, Brent, & Mr. Temple,

My heart is breaking for your family. Growing up, Mrs. Temple was always a kind, patient, soft-spoken person. Even when her son and his friends (me) were up to no good. Her house was always open to Charles' friends, and I never felt like I was in someone else's home when I was in hers. It felt like my home, and she treated me as one of her sons.

I'll never forget the van she drove when I was in Middle and High school. That old Toyota, where the driver sat in front of the wheels. I didn't know anyone else that had one of those, so although a little weird, it was cool. I think Charles learned to drive in that.

Mrs. Temple, the world is a lesser place without you in it, and you will be missed!

Theophus Smith

November 7, 2018

O Jean and Gray, you hosted in your home and co-facilitated the Blessing of a Lifelong Commitment for my beloved Bethann and me at the beginning of this year, January 1, 2018, and now as the year ends we grieve your unfathomable loss, dear brother Gray, and celebrate your inalienable homegoing, dear sister Jean, as with all the saints we make our song even at the grave, "Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!" -- Bethann and Thee+