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OBITUARY: Gayle Driggers Spivey

Gayle Driggers Spivey (Nannie) was born Jan. 18, 1953, in Richmond County.

She was the daughter of the late Evangelist Agnes Parker.

Gayle is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Savannah Locklear; sister, Margie Barmer; and brother, Wayne Parker.

Gayle was a hard worker, working in textiles for over half a century. Her greatest accomplishments were her children, grandchildren, and now, great-grandchildren. The most valuable quality that her children acquired was her hard work. To her grandchildren, she was Nannie. Many weekends were spent playing with figurines and exploring imagination. She didn’t hesitate to sit in the floor and be one of the children.

Gayle dedicated her life putting others’ needs before her own. Even at her worst, she would tell you, “I’ll pray for you baby.” Although her failing health limited her mobility, she remained strong minded and determined.

Gayle is survived by her estranged husband, Samuel Spivey; and daughters, Elizabeth Ann Locklear and Tammy Locklear. In total Mrs. Spivey had nine grandchildren, Rebecca Locklear (Rick Scott), Jessie Grant, Savannah Locklear, Michelle Lammonds, Myranda-Lynn Bodie (LaMark), William, Nicholas Johnson, Madison and Jacqueson Freeman; and eight great-grandchildren.


A memorial service to celebrate life will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at 3 p.m. at McNeill Funeral Home in Rockingham with the the Rev. Ronnie Wayne Chavis officiating. Tributes can be made to McNeill Funeral Home at 1101 Rockingham Road, Rockingham.

Gayle fought a long battle of kidney failure and was a dialysis patient for over five years. The family would like to give thanks to the DaVita Center in Hamlet for providing care, Zip Transportation, and her special Certified Nursing Assistant Adriane Holligan (twin).

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