The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 6, 2013



LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. — Laura Gail Brearley of Lawrenceville, Ga. passed away October 22, 2013 at Vitas Hospice from complications of rheumatoid arthritis.

A native of Tarboro, Gail was the eldest daughter of Rudolph Sexton and the late Lucille Joyner Sexton. She was a 1966 graduate of Tarboro High School and a 1970 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gail  was married to Mike Brearley of Derby, England for 39 years. The couple lived in Greensboro and Florida before settling in the greater Atlanta area of Georgia.

Gail's gifts for music and the visual arts were recognized early in her life and nurtured by her teachers in the Tarboro public school system. As a young person she studied piano under Louise Fleming and Emily Hart and painting with Rose Kittinger before going on to earn a degree in fine arts. Upon graduation, she taught art in the Guilford County public school system.

Gail is survived by her husband, Mike of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her father, Rudolph Sexton (now of Greensboro), sisters Martha Hicks of Siler City, and Ellen Weiner of Greensboro; and brother David Sexton of Raleigh. She is also survived by nieces Anna Nickles and Natalie Gail Weiner, nephews Zach Weiner and Wyatt Sexton and by beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to say a special thank you to members of the First Baptist Church of Tarboro for their love and support throughout Gail's life and especially during the many years during which she struggled with chronic rheumatoid arthritis.

To honor Gail's special love of her cats, memorial gifts may be made to the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia (PO Box 1416, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 ) to assist in their mission of rescuing, treating and finding homes for companion animals.