Barbara Mae (Van Winkle) Gray

April 2, 1943February 15, 2021

Barbara Mae Goodpaster Gray, born April 2, 1943 at home on Walnut Hill Pike in Fayette County, Kentucky, passed away February 15, 2021 at age 77.

She was the daughter of the late Floyd Ray and Lillian Frances Van Winkle Goodpaster. Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Gray, Mobile, AL; Son Robert William Gray, Saraland, AL; daughter in law Heather Abner Gray, Granddaughters Brianna Hanson and Jocelyn Alise Gray and a sister, Helen Fortune Goodpaster Rogers, Sacramento, CA.

Preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Ray Goodpaster Jr., his wife Ruth Griffith Goodpaster, two sisters Mary Jane Goodpaster Bowling and Linda Lucretia Goodpaster Clarke; and a great niece Audrey Mae Bowling Bittinger. Survivors also include nephews Bobby Akers, Mike Tejeda (Wanda), Bobby Musto, Larry Wayne Estes (Kelly), Martin Robertson, and nieces Deborah Frances Goodpaster, Anna Carol Tingler and Lisa Marlene Santilian, Destiny Clarke, as well as many great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces.

Barbara graduated from Henry Clay High School, Lexington, Kentucky in 1961, then worked at the University of Kentucky for close to fifteen years. Last position held there was Payroll Manager of the University Hospital. She married a Navy career man, Robert, and they moved to Orlando, Florida where he was transferred. After three years there, he was transferred to Little Creek, Virginia so they spent three years there. Barbara was Ombudsman of her husband's ship, the USSEdenton. When Barbara's husband was transferred to Kings Bay, Georgia, they moved there. They lived there 17 years before moving to Alabama.

The family will receive friends on Monday February 22, 2021 from 8:30Am until 9:30AM at Radney Funeral Home, Saraland, AL. Graveside services will be held at Pine Crest Cemetery on Snow Road, Mobile, AL. on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10AM.


  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, February 22, 2021


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Deborah Goodpaster

February 17, 2021

I will never forget that first time we spoke! You heard that Mike and I had finally reunited after 40+ years, and you called every hotel in Lexington until you found me. That was one of the most blessed days of my life when I finally got to know such a kind, generous and loving Auntie! I'll love you endlessly, and forever! Your loving niece.

Rebecca Hood

February 16, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. Barbara and Robert were our neighbors in Orlando. We developed a close relationship then. We both had newborn infants and shared many good memories. We had a lot in common and it was a honor to call her a friend. May God give Robert and Rob peace and healing. She was such an amazing woman. so talented and kind. Rest in Peace Barbara. You will be missed!!