Virginia "Ginny" K. Fleshman Gada

May 28, 1937January 1, 2019

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Gada, age 81, died on January 1, 2019 in Raleigh, NC. Ginny was born on May 28, 1937 to the late Dr. and Mrs. Kenna & Ruth Fleshman in Rainelle, WV.

After graduating Valedictorian of her High School class, Ginny attended The College of William & Mary, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in Music & Education. In December, 1958, Ginny married Lt. J.G. Preston H. Gada. Ginny taught 1st grade in Coronado, California while Preston finished his Navy service and then in Richmond, VA, while he completed medical school. They then lived in Hingham, MA, while Preston completed a surgical residency. In 1969, Preston’s career brought them to Raleigh, NC.

Ginny’s lifelong love of music and teaching led her to dedicate many years to the Children’s Music Program at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Ginny was a member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and served as a docent at the Governor’s Mansion. Some of her fondest memories were of traveling for adventure, art, music, history, and cuisine. Preston and Ginny shared a love for cycling and found themselves on their tandem bike throughout Europe and the United States, including Hawaii.

Ginny is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Preston Gada; by her two children Kathy Love and Dr. Will Gada; and by her beloved grandchildren, Nick & Grace Gada. She is preceded in death by her parents.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Jane Bell Gathering Space at White Memorial. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ginny’s honor to the Children's Music Program at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, or to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements through Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC 27605.


  • Children's Music Program at White Memorial Presbyterian Church


  • A Service of Witness to the Resurrection, Reception to Follow Saturday, January 12, 2019

Virginia "Ginny" K. Fleshman Gada

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Cyndy Schenker-Ratcliffe

January 30, 2019

I worked with Ginny for many years. I always considered her a good friend. Her gentle, caring and soft-spoken demeanor was a soft place to land in this busy world.
I will always remember her hospitality, her gentle sense of humor, and how she was grateful for the small things in life.
One of my favorite memories of Ginny was the tradition we had of sharing a big white fluffy piece of cake after a job well done.
My heart goes out to Preston, her children and grandchildren, as I know what a treasure you are missing.
Cyndy Ratcliffe