Anne Cary Wynne Young Graybeal, entered into her eternal home, Monday, March 13, 2023 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Anne was born August 12, 1931 in Lexington, Va. She grew up on college campuses where her father taught chemistry, first at the Virginia Military Institute, and later at Emory & Henry College. She was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and she was also active in the Girl Scouts. Anne graduated valedictorian from William King High School in Abingdon, Va. in 1948, and from Emory & Henry in 1952, where she was a member of the Kappa Phi Alpha sorority and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She met Burke Graybeal at a student social in her family’s home when she was 15, and they were married in that same house on November 28, 1951. Anne taught school in Charlottesville while Burke attended law school at the University of Virginia. Upon his graduation, they made their home in Marion, Va. where she taught mostly fourth grade.
She retired from teaching when her sons Daniel Young Graybeal and David Whiting Graybeal, the prides of her life, were born. After they were raised, she returned to the school system to volunteer for many years, as a reading tutor and teaching assistant. She was twice honored as the Volunteer of the Year, first for Marion Primary School in 1999 and again at Marion Elementary School in 2016. For Anne, teaching was a joy and a delight. She loved to talk abut the students she met across the years. She also loved books, gift-giving, good food, birds, flowers, chocolate, the color yellow, and her cats; but most of all, she was entirely devoted to her family.
Anne was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, where she taught Vacation Bible School, and participated in women’s circles, Bible studies, and her Sunday school class. In 2018 Anne moved to Athens, Tenn. to be close to her family, especially her grandsons, Noah and Wesley, of whom she was so proud; and then she followed them to Signal Mountain, Tenn. in 2022, until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Douglas Burke Graybeal; parents, Whiting Faulkner Young and Lucile Marston Young; sister and brother-in-law, Catherine “Kitty” and Max Bowman; and several siblings-in-law who were like brothers and sisters to her.
Anne is survived by her sons, Dan and Dave; daughter-in-law, Tracy Gartmann; grandsons, Noah Burke Graybeal and Wesley John Graybeal; numerous relatives and friends, many of whom affectionately remember her by the nickname she somehow acquired along the way “Bubba.”
The family would like to especially thank the staff of Athens Place, Signal Mountain Senior Living, and Hospice of Chattanooga, for their loving and tender care of Anne in her later years.
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion VA 24354. A Celebration of Anne’s life will begin at 1 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Bennington officiating. Burial will follow at Holston Conference Emory & Henry Cemetery, 30461 Garnand Drive, Emory VA 24327. Family and friends are asked to meet at 3 p.m. at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion VA 24354, Emory & Henry College, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 950, Emory VA 24327, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation online at www.cff.org.
To share memories of Anne Cary Wynne Young Graybeal, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Anne’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.