About Joyceann Gray
Retired US Army, Author, Independent Historian and Genealogist
Mrs. Gray was born Oct 13, 1948, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to William and Wilma Pegg. She is the middle child of five children and after graduating from Erasmus Hall in 1966, retired from the Army with her occupational specialties in communications, administrative management, and marketing.
While on active duty in the Army stationed at Fort Gordon, GA in 1995, she volunteered as the Director of the Heritage Unity Festival for Augusta, Ga. that was presented in 1996 and again in 1997. The festival was hailed as the largest festivals ever in the Augusta-Richmond area bringing in over 15,000 people. The size of the first festival in 1996 was second only to the grand opening day of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta the same day. With over 500 performers and four active stages, 75 vendors, and 300 volunteers from the Fort Gordon community including the Deputy commander offering opening remarks.
The Mayor of Augusta-Richmond, Larry E. Sconyers, declared 18 July 1996 “Unity Day” and on 20, July 1997 he declared “City Wide Annual Unity Day.”
Next, she went to work with her brother Bill and together they built a major Real Estate Teaching and Appraisal firm employing over 25 people in northern California. Mrs. Gray developed and taught an accredited appraisal course during this time. Her focus of collegiate studies was in Communications earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 and graduate studies in Psychology in 2016.
Mrs. Gray’s historical and genealogical research focus is primarily on her family movements from Virginia to Canada & Liberia. From Kentucky and Tennessee to Kansas and from South Carolina, Kansas, and Canada to Nebraska. Her book “Yes We Remember” covers between the 18th through the 20th centuries. Her goal is to bring alive the stories of achievements and legacies that her ancestors left for the present and future generations.
Of late, Mrs. Gray has presented some of her historical work during the AAHGS October 2015 Conference in Richmond, VA. Also, she has presented to the Middle Potomac History Researchers at the Josephine School Community Museum in Berryville, Virginia. She recorded her research on the Hatter family, for E-Learning- Jim Surkamp Presentations for American Public University System. Lastly, she is a contributing writer for BlackPast.org.
Joyceann is married to Kenneth Gray Sr and they have five children and seven grandchildren. Living in Northern Virginia, she is in the process of researching for her next novel.