Martha Gaye Clevenger, 71 of Grayson went to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2018 after a sudden illness. Gaye was born January 6, 1947 in Carter County, KY a daughter of the late Lona Griffith. She was preceded in death by a son, Lyle Scott Clevenger; two brothers, Paul Griffith and Billy Joe Griffith. She is survived by one son, Jeff (Kim) Clevenger of Grayson and one grandson, Brayden Clevenger. She is also survived by two special nieces, Pam Wilburn & Gina Griffith of Grayson, a special friend who was like a daughter to her, Sheila Binion Rice of Grayson; and a host of nieces and nephews who all mourn her passing.
Gaye’s greatest joy in life after serving her Lord, was being a devoted mother to her son Jeff and “Nanny” to her one and only grandchild Brayden. As Jeff was growing up and attending Hitchins Elementary School, Gaye was a presence at the school daily. She enjoyed working with the PTA and worked tirelessly to raise money for the school for items that would benefit not only her son, but all the children at Hitchins Elementary. While Jeff was in school she loved to watch him play basketball for the Hitchins Tigers. She would often reminisce about the years spent at that little school and the memories and friends that were made there.
In 1987, Gaye went to work for Diversicare at Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation as an activities assistant. Gaye ultimately worked her way up to the role as Activity Director after obtaining her Activity Director Certification through Shawnee State University. Gaye enjoyed planning activities and social events for the residents and employees at Carter. She received many awards while serving as Director including Activity Director of the Year. She also received special recognition from Kentucky State Representatives Robin Webb and Charlie Borders for her service. Gaye also was a Kentucky Colonel. Gaye retired from Carter Nursing and Rehab in 2013 after more than 20 years of service. It is clear Gaye had a heart for service. Her goal in life was to leave people better than she found them. She was very involved in the community even after retirement; most recently serving at the Olive Hill Senior Citizens Center.
Gaye enjoyed cooking, planting flowers, spending time out on her porch swing enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson Brayden. She enjoyed cooking his favorite foods, playing games with him, treating him to Dairy Queen ice cream, and watching him play soccer and archery. Most of all she enjoyed watching him grow in the Lord. She enjoyed hearing him quote the scripture and prepare for Bible competition. She was so proud of her family and enjoyed serving the Lord alongside them and worshipping with them and her church family at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in Ashland.
Services will be conducted Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. at Malone Funeral Home with Jimmy Mitchell, minister. Burial will be in the Lindsey-Pactolus Cemetery. Friends may call from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be; Talmadge Duncan, Shannon Johnston, Steve Johnston, Steve Hartman, Bryan Whitt, and Jiggs Rice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.malonefuneralhome.com.