Maebelle Outlaw Grady, 89, of Kinston passed away peacefully at her home on the evening of August 3, 2021.
She was born and raised in the Outlaw's Bridge area of Duplin County. She was born May 3, 1932 to the late Paul Outlaw and Donnie Simmons Outlaw. She was the youngest of five children and attended Outlaw's Bridge Elementary School and graduated from B.F. Grady High School in 1950.
Maebelle married Grover Cleveland Grady on Christmas eve of 1950 at the age of 18 and half and they were married for 41 years until Grover's death in June of 1991.
Maebelle was often called "Ma" by family members and friends. She and Grover were long time owners of Grover Grady's Texaco on Richlands Road 258 South in Kinston. In the late 1970's, the two of them converted this old country gas station to a restaurant they named Ma's Hot Dog House. She served her famous hotdogs with their secret chili recipe that only a few family members know today.
Mrs. Grady has been a long time member of Rivermont Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings, Daisy Simmons Outlaw Fields, Edna Joyce Outlaw Grady, Helen Gould Outlaw Frick and only brother Alger Everton Outlaw.
She is survived by two sons, Danny Grady and wife Donna of Wilmington and Lynn Grady and wife Vikki of Kinston.
Grandchildren are Brad Grady and wife Melissa of Kinston, Tyler Grady and wife Angela of Wilson, Michael Grady of Kinston. D'Ann Lettieri and husband John of Washington, DC and Daniel Grady and wife Lorryn of Savannah, GA.
Great grandchildren Kayla and Evan of Kinston, Matthew of Wilson, and Jack, Rose and William of Washington , DC and Ethan and Declan of Savannah , GA.
Special thanks to niece, Barbara Grady for her wonderful caregiving over the last month.
Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 6, 2021 at Rivermont Baptist Church. Funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon with Pastor Luis Miranda officiating and Richard Parker with special remarks. Burial will follow the funeral service at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
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