Frances Terry Gage

Published 3:07 pm Thursday, February 15, 2024

Frances Terry Gage joined the heavenly ranks of praise and worship musicians on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the age of 96 years.

She was born to Joseph Stanford Terry and Kathleen Gist Terry on Aug. 22, 1927, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Miss., in the midst of that city’s recovery from the flood of 1927.

Frances grew up in Greenville and attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Frances met her husband Robert Douglass Gage, III (Bob) in 1946.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

Bob had just returned from the Pacific Theater where he served as a Second Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Miller.

Frances and Bob married shortly thereafter and moved to his hometown of Port Gibson in 1947, following Bob’s graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

In 2004, thirteen years following Bob’s death, Frances moved to Ridgeland.

Frances was a longtime faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church in Port Gibson and later joined New Christian Fellowship Church in Port Gibson.

It was at New Christian Fellowship Church that Frances’s talent as a pianist emerged. She would spend the second half of her life immersed in the playing of praise and worship music.

Her house was filled with sheet music and cassette tapes of the great contemporary Christian artists.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Joseph and Kathleen Terry; and brother, Joseph Stanford Terry Jr. of Vicksburg.

She is survived by three children, Terry Gage Quin (Marvin) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Robert Douglass Gage, IV (Jacquelyn) of Port Gibson and William Massie Gage (Ginger) of Ridgeland; eight grandchildren, William Cornibe Quin, Elizabeth Quin McCann (John), Virginia Gage Thames (Lee), Robert Douglass Gage V (Sarah), Travis Alexander Gage, Spencer Andrew Gage, Logan Massie Gage and William Joseph Gage; and great-grandchildren, Virginia Gage McCann and John Robert McCann III. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Frances Terry of Ridgeland; and one niece and two nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson.  The service will be officiated by the Rev. Randy Burge.

Memorials may be made to New Christian Fellowship Church, 208 Oak Street, Port Gibson, Mississippi 39150.