Sue “Susie” Smith Russell (Gray), 77 of Birmingham peacefully passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Please join us for a celebration of life at Vino Gallery in English Village, 1930 Cahaba Road in Birmingham on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. Susie’s art will be on display at Vino.
Susie was born on Wednesday, October 7, 1942 in Anniston to the late Grafton G. Smith and Sara Faye Smith. She was raised in Birmingham from grammar school through high school and was a 1960 graduate of Shades Valley High School. She was a loving mother, daughter and grandmother. Susie was loved by all who knew her and affectionately known as Mama Sue and G-mom. She was a beautiful soul with a kind and giving heart. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren while also having a passion for painting and art. She enjoyed reading, traveling with her family and was a genius in the kitchen, especially with her famous chocolate cake.
Susie is survived by her sons, James Lamar “Jimbo” (Sonya) Gray, Jr., Bradley Grafton (Nancy) Gray; daughter, Suanne Malsby Gray; four grandchildren, Rachel Joy Gray, Charles Bradley Gray, William Martin Gray, Catherine Ann Gray.
A special thank you to the team at The Greenbriar at the Altamont for their loving care. We also appreciate the excellent care from Vickie Harris and her team at Mending Hearts, with special recognition to Cora Tyson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Banks Academy, P.O. Box 590049, Birmingham, Ala. 35259. Contributions to this school reflect her passion for children and education.

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