Erma Graham Wise

February 17, 1925September 9, 2018

Erma Lee Graham Wise, born February 17, 1925 in Big Creek, Texas, passed away on September 9, 2018 at the age of 93 following a valiant 18-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Erma is preceded in death by her parents, George M. and Ola Winslow Graham of Conroe. She is also predeceased by beloved husband Turner Ezekiel Wise of Willis as well as brothers Alton R. Graham of Houston, George M. Graham, Jr. of Corpus Christi, and sisters Verna Mae Graham Maduzia of Houston and Faye Ola Graham Johnson of Georgetown. Erma is survived by daughter Gaye Lynn Wise of Houston, son Larry A. Wise of Willis, several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and one great-great niece. Erma graduated from Conroe High School and Durham’s Business School in Houston. After returning to Conroe, Erma worked in the County Courthouse where she met Turner. They married in 1947, moved to Willis and immediately started their family. Erma became an active member of the Willis Church of Christ until physically unable to attend. She was a homemaker and stay-at-home-mom until her children started to school at which time she began to work with Turner in the family business, Wise Grocery and Hardware. She continued to work in the business until her illness forced her to stay at home. She volunteered as a room mother for her children's classes and was an active participant in the Willis PTA, serving as the organization's president for two years in the early 1960's. She also owned and managed rental property for a number of years. In lieu of flowers, donations in Erma's name may be made to a charity of your choice. Visitation will be held at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe, Texas, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral service for Erma Lee Graham Wise will be held at the Cashner Colonial Chapel, on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 12:30pm with visitation prior to service at 11:30am. Interment will follow service at Garden Park Cemetery. To leave condolences for the family, please go to


  • Gaye Lynn Wise, Daughter
  • Larry A. Wise, Son
  • Loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece, other relatives and a host of friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018

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Georgia-Charles Pierce

September 14, 2018

We always enjoyed our talks over the years. You will always be a bright spot in our hearts. You were a first-class lady.
Thanks for your care of MaMa.
We will also always remember how you were always laughing and having fun at family reunions. It was obvious you loved your family, even George.
With love, Georgia and Chuck Pierce

Archie Wilkerson

September 13, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Be Blessed.

Lewis & JoAnn Howard

September 13, 2018

Our kindest thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Philip Madeley

September 10, 2018

Erma was loved by her cousins, and will be greatly missed. Our condolences are expressed to Gaye, Larry, and all the family.

With our Love,

Philip & Carolyn Madeley