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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Michael Keith Gragg

February 27, 1966June 19, 2020
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Michael Keith Gragg, 54, of Ferguson passed away on June 19, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Gragg was born February 27, 1966 in Caldwell County to Cecil Gragg and Jewel Harmon Gragg.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debra Bryant Gragg of the home, sons; Neill Gragg of Hudson, Joshua Winebarger of Ferguson, Adam Winebarger of Butler, TN, daughter, Jessica Madison and husband Cody of Fayetteville, grandchildren, Joseph Elliot Greene, Caden Madison, John Hall, Chloe Madison, Mya Winebarger, Rileigh Reece, brother, Kelvin Gragg of Lenoir, Sister, Karen Greene and husband Rick of Lenoir and his favorite Aunt, Ruth Townsend of Lenoir. Also surviving Mr. Gragg are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Preceding his in death is a daughter, Jennifer Hall.

Michael was a devoted family man, treasuring his time with his family above all else. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing. He is loved and will be missed by his family greatly.

A graveside service will be held to honor Mr. Gragg on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Brian Dula and Rev. Brent Dula officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Neill Gragg, Joshua Winebarger, Kelvin Gragg, Adam Winebarger, Rick Greene and Howard Pennell.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael Keith Gragg.

  • FAMILY

  • Wife-Debra Bryant Gragg
    Mother-Jewel Harmon Gragg
    Father-Cecil Gragg
    Son-Neill Gragg
    Son-Joshua Winebarger
    Son-Adam Winebager
    Daughter-Jessica Madison (Cody)
    Brother-Kelvin Gragg
    Sister-Karen Greene (Rick)


    Also surviving Mr. Gragg are his grandchildren, Joseph Elliot Greene, Caden Madison, John Hall, Chloe Madison, Mya Winebarger andRileigh Reece.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Neill Gragg
  • Joshua Winebarger
  • Kelvin Gragg
  • Adam Winebarger
  • Rick Greene
  • Howard Pennell

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Memories

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Dena Anderson

June 25, 2020

Praying for peace for all of his loved ones!

Teresa Gryder

June 24, 2020

Keith was a gentle soul that will be missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to know him. Keith never looked down on anyone for any reason. Keith had a shy smile that would warm a bodies soul, and always had a friendly word when he saw you.
Keith love his family and his fur babies. He devoted himself to caring for them, and loved talking about the ones he loved.
I can only pray God gives each of you peace and comfort that only He can provide, to ease your heartache in the days to come.

Sandra Moretz

June 24, 2020

Keith was always a great person with a big heart.He loved his family and friends so much.He will truely be missed.Thoughts and prayers for the family

Cynthia Williams

June 22, 2020

My heart goes out to Keith’s family. Keith was always so nice and friendly. He would do anything he could to help someone. I worked with Keith for a few years. He was always smiling,and so was his wife Debby. Love them both.

Ralph & Libby Triplett

June 20, 2020

Cecil and Jewell,
We are so sorry to hear about Keith's passing...You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time...May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead...We love you so much...

Ralph & Libby

Brenda Waters

June 20, 2020

Our dear friends we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your son and love one. Please know we are lifting you all up in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and His grace during this most difficult time. We are here for you. Love Brenda and Gary Waters

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Biography

Michael Keith Gragg was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Michael always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Michael was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Michael was born on February 27, 1966 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina. His parents were Cecil and Jewel. Michael was raised in Lenoir, North Carolina. Always able to express himself well, Michael possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Michael was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Michael was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Michael was raised with two siblings. He had a brother, Kelvin and an older sister, Karen. Michael had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Michael showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Michael enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. As a youngster, he enjoyed playing baseball and riding his bike.

           On May 31, 2008 Michael exchanged wedding vows with Debra Bryant Winebarger at the Whipperwill Academy of Ferguson, North Carolina. Michael was attentive to Debra's feelings, and he charmed Debra and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Michael was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Michael identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Michael was blessed with five children, three sons: Neill, Adam and Joshua and two daughters: Jennifer and Jessica. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Elliott, John, Caden, Chloe, Rileigh and Mya.

      Michael was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Michael’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Michael was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Michael could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. He was employed for 20 years seting up mobile homes and 14 yeas in a furniture factory.

      Michael enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were Nascar, fishing and working in the outdoors. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Michael was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Michael was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Nascar and the NFL.

      Michael was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Politically, Michael was a member of the Republican Party.

      Michael held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church for 6 years. During that time, he was a member of the church choir.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Michael truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

      Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Michael’s favorites was Flooopys, and English Bulldog. They were best friends for 6 years.

      Michael passed away on June 19, 2020 at at his home in Ferguson, North Carolina. Michael was stricken with a sudden massive heart attack. He is survived by his parents, Cecil and Jewel, wife, Debra, children Neill, Adam, Joshua, Jessica and Jennifer. Services were held at Piney Grove Baptist Church and were presided over by Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home. Michael was laid to rest in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

      Michael was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Michael had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Michael Keith Gragg.

OBITUARY FOR MICHAEL KEITH GRAGG

Michael Keith Gragg, 54, of Ferguson passed away on June 19, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Gragg was born February 27, 1966 in Caldwell County to Cecil Gragg and Jewel Harmon Gragg.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debra Bryant Gragg of the home, sons; Neill Gragg of Hudson, Joshua Winebarger of Ferguson, Adam Winebarger of Butler, TN, daughter, Jessica Madison and husband Cody of Fayetteville, grandchildren, Joseph Elliot Greene, Caden Madison, John Hall, Chloe Madison, Mya Winebarger, Rileigh Reece, brother, Kelvin Gragg of Lenoir, Sister, Karen Greene and husband Rick of Lenoir and his favorite Aunt, Ruth Townsend of Lenoir. Also surviving Mr. Gragg are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Preceding his in death is a daughter, Jennifer Hall.

Michael was a devoted family man, treasuring his time with his family above all else. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing. He is loved and will be missed by his family greatly.

A graveside service will be held to honor Mr. Gragg on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Brian Dula and Rev. Brent Dula officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Neill Gragg, Joshua Winebarger, Kelvin Gragg, Adam Winebarger, Rick Greene and Howard Pennell.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael Keith Gragg.