Ila Gray Hocutt Garner

Ila Gray Hocutt Garner

November 9, 1923 – August 18, 2021

Wendell – Ila Gray H. Garner passed away on August 18, 2021. She was born in Johnston County to the late Leamon and Dimock Hocutt. She devoted her life to her family and will be remembered, as a loving and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years, James, and by her much-loved sister, Gertrude H. Brewer. She retired from employment at Bellsouth/AT&T in 1980, with 37 years of service.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Beverly Smith; granddaughter; Kimberly Russell (Chris); great-granddaughter, River Alexis Russell; nephew, Wray Brewer (Sue), great-nephew, David Brewer (April), and many friends.

Funeral Service will be conducted graveside at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, 13450 NC-96 N, Zebulon, NC, 27597 at 10 am, Saturday.  Available later at

The family will receive friends at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC, 27591 from 6-7:30 pm, Friday.


  • Steven A Smith Posted August 20, 2021 11:37 am

    I met miss Ila Gray once with my great aunt. She was my great-grandmother Imogenes first cousin. She was a very welcoming and nice lady and had plenty of stories about my grandma growing up. My condolences to the family.

  • Jacona Hester Posted August 20, 2021 12:50 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We love you and we are praying for strength and comfort for you all! Love Paul, Jacona and Family

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