Celebrating the life of

Mary Gray Gillikin Mell Klees

May 19, 1930 - June 07, 2020

Mary Gray Gillikin Mell Klees

Mary Klees, 90, died peacefully on Sunday, June 7, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in Norfolk, VA on May 19, 1930 to the late Clemmie and Mary Gillikin. She was the eldest of eight children.

Mary loved working in her yard. Anyone that knew her, could tell you that she was rarely seen without a rake in her hand. She loved going fishing but has been unable to go as much as she did back in the day. Mary could sling a cast net, cut a rug, and dance anyone under the table. She will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Malcolm “Lucky” Mell; her husbands, Gerald “Cy” Mell, and Henry Klees; brothers, Roy and Clemmie Gillikin, Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Mell Schuman and Rosemary Mell Mullis; sons, Robert “Bucky” Mell and Gerald “Smiley” Mell, Jr. (Lisa); brothers, Everett Gillikin (Shirley); sister, Joann Hinton (Jimmy), Jeraldene Jones (Joe), Geneva Poplin (Darrell), Betty Wiggins (Larry), six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel. Private burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Many thanks to all the nurses and doctors who took such good care of mom and let us be there with her until the end. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Remler, Chris, and Jackie for taking care of mom and always being there when we needed them.

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So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary Gray, she was always so fun to be around when I was growing up and would come stay with grandma Gillikin! She was the best cast thrower I know!! She was loved by many and will be missed . Love Amy and Scott and family

- Amy Poplin Merritt , Monroe , NC

Our thoughts and prayers are with you (Smiley) and your family. It's always hard loosing your momma but one thing I know for sure, she was taken very good care of by you. May she rest in peace .


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Memories are the best things we have to cling onto. Yall have so many good memories that will keep her alive forever.

- Valerie Mell Rogers, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held