April 9, 1935 – November 6, 2020
Jean Allen McGraw, age 85, of Winston, Georgia, passed away Friday November 6, 2020. Jean was born April 9, 1935 in Stanly County, North Carolina, to the late Julian S. and Edna Walters Allen. She retired at age 80 from Walmart, where she enjoyed conversation with the many friends she met there. She was a great listener and advisor.
Granny, as known by many– not just her family, looked forward to annual trips to Vegas with her daughters. She was an avid card player and worker of jigsaw puzzles. Granny got the most pleasure from being with her family. She especially loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, of whom she was so proud and gave unconditional love. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Thad K. McGraw.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Gary Porter and Micki and John Nicholson; her grandchildren, Blair and Lee Peeples, Carrie and Doug Bailey, and Erik and Elizabeth Nicholson; and her favorite loves, her four great-grandchildren, Madison and Harrison Peeples and Laina and Aubrey Bailey.
A private graveside service was held by the family on November 9, 2020.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jean's name by donating blood to your local Red Cross or donating to the Endometrial Cancer Research, online at: Winship Cancer Institute Honor or Memorial Giving or download the “Winship Online Giving Form” and send a check to: Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Development Office, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322. If you have any questions or need help, please call 404-778-5175
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Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134
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November 19, 2020
Jean will always be a queen to me. I will tell the story why and it will make more sense. I am writing a Christian devotional, and Jean inspired the December 25 entry that follows. The names and location were altered, but the heart of the story is true.
December 25 A Christmas Memory
“Jesus looked at him and love him.” Mark 10:21
In a rare mood of holiday cheer, the men sitting in a small circle in a downtown shelter were sharing their most memorable Christmas stories. Most were about gifts they’d received and the impact these had. Given time to think, the last man knew instantly what he would say. He’d thought about it many times since then.
“When I was 30, a neighbor asked me to eat dinner with his family the night before Christmas. I was a surprise guest and it was a great dinner. Afterward, each of the family members opened one gift, mostly for the kids. About halfway though, I saw the mother call her daughter aside and kind of whisper something to her, a little whispering back and forth. The daughter left the room. While everything else was going on, she quietly came back and slipped a present on a table and then sat back down. When all the presents were opened, the daughter said, “Oh, one more. This is for Jerry.” And she went and gave me the gift. It was a nice bottle of cologne, English Leather. Later, I put the pieces together. It really wasn’t my gift because I was kind of unexpected. But the mother knew everyone would have a gift but me, so she got her daughter to go and change a name tag on somebody’s Christmas gift so that I would have something, too.”
Gestures from the heart always edge out gifts from the store.
Contemplation: Everyone gets included.
The year was about 1985, The story actually took place in Jean and Thad's house in Douglas. Jean was the mother, Blair was the daughter (actually granddaughter), and Jerry was me. My circumstances weren't much different from living at the shelter; at the time I was far, far away from God.
November 16, 2020
Jean, you meant a lot to myself and Brenda Westbrook. You always had a word of encouragement and weren't afraid to speak your mind. I will always cherish the memories I had with you and Wal-Mart. I have always had the utmost respect for you and your family. You will me missed!! Kay Thomas and Brenda Westbrook
November 15, 2020
I can not believe this sad news. It breaks my heart. I met Jean when I was in High School. We worked in the snack bar at Walmart. She was not only my best friend but she was like a Mom to me.
Anytime she seen me buying something she would always ask if it was a "need" or a "want"! I would always laugh! Most of the time it was a "want"! Ever since then I would catch myself asking that question!! She was a great influence!!
We would talk on the phone for 45 minutes or longer. I was always making her laugh and she would tell me how crazy I am! I loved hearing her say that. I'm going to miss her precious smile and laugh. I love and miss you sweet lady❣
November 15, 2020
She loved her 4 “greats” so very much and they absolutely loved and adored her. They truly were her pride and joy. We miss you terribly Granny.
November 12, 2020
The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the McGraw Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.
November 12, 2020
Mrs McGraw, as she was called when Cynthia and I were in high school, was a pearl of great price as the Bible says. Always happy, joyful, welcoming, loving. She and Mr McGraw showed great love for each other and their girls. I am so sad to hear of her passing but look forward to seeing her again in Heaven. God bless her family. It is a great loss.
November 11, 2020
WE LOVED HER SO MUCH SHE WAS A PATIENT IN OUR PRACTICE FOR 37 YEARS AND OH HOW WE WILL MISS HER. WE SHARE IN THE GRIEF WITH THE FAMILY. SHE WAS INFECTIOUS WITH HER JOY AND LOVE FOR EVERYONE. REST EASY MS. JEAN WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN IN THE MEANTIME WATCH OVER US. LOVE YOU LOTS. DOUGLAS DENTAL STUDIO
November 11, 2020
My sweet Granny,
You have been a treasure to me,
a priceless jewel. Thank you for your gifts of love and friendship. I miss you so much it hurts.