Josephine A. Grainger
October 29, 1925 – February 11, 2020
Catherine Josephine Atkinson Grainger passed on February 11th, 2020 at home in the loving company of her family. Catherine Josephine Atkinson was born October 29, 1925 in the town of Fork (Dillon County), South Carolina on the kitchen table, where she was known to everyone as the 9th child of 14 born to Dick Cleveland ‘D.C.’ Atkinson and Sarah Fleetwood ‘Fleety’ Carmichael.
She became Josephine Livingston on April 10, 1943, when she married Joseph ‘J.B.’ Benjamin Livingston. Jo and J.B. had 4 children together, Linda (Frankie) Vereen, Gail (Tommy) Griffin, Tommy Livingston, and Deborah (Lee) Dreyfous. They were happily married for 25 years until J.B.’s passing in 1968 at the age of 48. She married Howard ‘Bubba’ Grainger in 1971 and became Josephine Grainger. Over the years she became Mama Jo, Grandma Jo, Aunt Jo and Miss Jo to many.
She is survived by her children, Linda, Gail and Deborah along with 9 Grandchildren: Joey (Michelle) Vereen, Andee (Jeff) DiCola, Mindy (James) Jackson, Duane Griffin, Thad Griffin, Shawn (Nickie) Griffin, Paige Livingston, Melissa (Travis) Roberts, and Tara (Andy) Emrich. She is also survived by 16 Great-grandchildren: Avery Vereen, Nick DiCola, Matt DiCola, Xavier Griffin, Zoe Griffin, Greyson Griffin, Noah Griffin, Nash Griffin, Zane Griffin, Delinda Gilmore, Tommy Hall, Matty Roberts, Chloe Roberts, Kaitlyn Emrich, Aliyah Emrich, and Ava Jackson. She is also survived by 4 Great-great Grandsons, Xaiden Griffin, Leo Roberts, Lincoln Roberts, and Hayes Griffin. She is also survived by one sister, Peggy Estep of Lakeland, FL. and so many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, it is impossible to list them all.
She was preceded in death by her husband J.B. Livingston, husband Howard Grainger, her parents, her sisters, Mary Wright, Vernon Turner, Myrtle Weeks and her brothers, Dick Atkinson, Bennie Atkinson, Jim Atkinson, Cleve Atkinson, Harry Atkinson, Edward Atkinson, Willie Atkinson, Jerry Atkinson and her brother #8 in line next to her, Tom Atkinson who was killed in the Normandy invasion. Her son, Tommy, named after her brother, passed in 2003.
She always said she never worked for anyone, that she was always the boss. She and J.B., her first husband, built and operated in 1946 what is now Griffin’s IGA. Her daughter Linda and her husband Frankie bought from them in 1962 and took over that business of course with her help working in the store and with the bookkeeping. In 1986, it was sold to her grandson, Thad. She then went back to work in the store helping Thad with his bookkeeping while at the same time working with her daughter Deborah and her husband Lee, in their business at Grand Strand Sandwich Company. She always helped her family in their businesses.
She and J.B. started and operated Waterway Furniture Company in 1956 then sold the business to their young salesman, the late J.R. Jordan. Waterway Furniture Company is still in business today operated by the Jordan family. After J.B.’s passing, she also owned the Anchor Inn Motel and managed the Cypress Bay Golf Course. After she and Howard ‘Bubba’ Grainger married, they developed Grainger Lake in Longs.
For her semi-retirement, she continued to work only with her daughter Deborah at the Grand Strand Sandwich company until she retired at age 90.
She always remarked that the Lord was always good to her and as evident by her surviving family and her success in business, the Lord has indeed blessed her with a very abundant life. She will be greatly missed by all.
The family has designated North Myrtle Beach Christian School, 9535 Hwy 90, Longs, SC 29568 for memorial contributions.
A funeral service will be held at Wampee Baptist Church, 9530 Hwy 90, Longs, SC 29568 on Saturday, February 15 at 11 am. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Longs, SC.
A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
- North Myrtle Beach Christian School
- Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Burial Saturday, February 15, 2020
Josephine A. Grainger
February 16, 2020
Our family is so sorry about Aunt Jo’s passing. She was blessed with a wonderful family who loved her a great deal, and she was a shining example of how to love. She made a great impression on this entire community and those who call it home. May she rest in peace and may her family take comfort in that she is at rest in Heaven.
February 14, 2020
As a child I have wonderful memories of my Mom and Aunt Jo playing baseball and dodge ball with us on Sunday afternoon. Moving forward as a struggling student trying to get by she mailed me $100. dollars. I will always remember her kindness. Rest In Peace. You will be missed by many . Love you Sissy Livingston Price.
February 14, 2020
I only knew her as Grandma Jo even though I never met her. That was my loss. I thought very highly of her. I know she is in a better place. Ya’ll are in my prayers for peace and comfort. God bless.
Pam McClellan Weidner
February 13, 2020
Deepest sympathy to the family. Prayers for God's peace and comfort in your time of grief.
February 13, 2020
All my love and prayers to my cousins, Deborah, Gail, Linda, and families. You were so blessed to have a Mother as precious as Aunt Jo. She has always been there for us all, the perfect Aunt who always cared. I will always treasure the wonderful memories of her in my heart. Fly high Aunt Jo and give my mom a hug for me and all your brothers and sister and Grandparents.
February 12, 2020
Grandma Jo was an amazing inspiration for her family and many women to see what she accomplished in her amazing 94 years. She will forever be missed. she leaves behind and amazing legacy to be carried on by many of the family! She was an inspiration for many of us. May she rest in peace and join her love “Bubba” in Heaven and Tommy, her son, and all her family that has passed. Prayers and my condolences. My deepest sympathy to all.