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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

Josephine W. Graves

January 25, 1928September 5, 2020

Josephine Love Williamson Graves, 92, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on September 5, 2020 surrounded by her children.

Jo was born an only child on January 25, 1928 in Crystal Springs, MS to Walter Delos and Ruth Chapman Williamson. She grew up active in her church and later enrolled in Draughn’s Business College in Jackson, MS. Needing a ride to Jackson, she met a nice young man working in Jackson at Lane Moak Pontiac that was eager to include her in a carpool. That man, Earl “Bud” Graves, later became her husband of 65 years.

Jo was a beloved mother of five children, grandmother to 11, and great-grandmother to 15. She raised her family and grandchildren all while working at the S&H Green Stamp Store and the Children’s Clinic where she became a friend to all. She served as room mother, troop leader, and Sunday School teacher through the years and will always be remembered for her humor and wit.

Most of all Jo will be remembered as an amazing Godly wife, mother and constant caregiver to her family. She lived her faith and made sure her family knew that Jesus loved them all unconditionally. Jo loved her church family at Raymond Road Baptist Church and the senior citizens group.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Earl Graves), and grandson (Christopher Cottrell). She is survived by her son, Randy Earl Graves, and daughters, Susan Graves Bumgarner, Patrice Graves Queen, Jewel Graves Moore, and Lorrie Graves Driver; 10 grandchildren, Kasi Graves MacFarland, Will Joseph Etheridge, Nicholas Earl Graves, Lana Queen Wakefield, Jaimee Jo Bumgarner, Forrest Earl Moore, Kendall Anthony Queen, Meredith lane Moore, Morgan Driver Hartley, and James Trent Driver; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jo’s memory be made to the Senior Adult Ministry at Raymond Road Baptist Church. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the caregivers at Riggs Manor – Smith House and Baptist Hospice.

Services

  • Private Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Memories

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Cheryl Walton

September 10, 2020

I would to thank the family for allowing the staff at Smithhouse to take care of their loving mom. She was the life in Smith house and we all miss her dearly it’s just not the same anymore. We love Mrs. Graves.

sharon gardner

September 10, 2020

Lorrie, I got to know a little of you mother from sweet Facebook post. Enough to to know she was a good person who cherished her family. Bless you dear Lorrie and family.

Brenda Blakely

September 9, 2020

Didn't have the privilege of knowing your Mom except thru the beautiful daughter she brought into the world, nurtured and loved. Thank You for the blessing.

Courtney Queen

September 9, 2020

Oh how much she loved all the babies! My most cherished memories of Mamaw was when my daughter Audrey was younger we would visit Mamaw at Riggs as often as we could. Especially when she was a baby. Mamaw would sit and rock and sing to her. Rub her feet and legs and back. “The baby whisperer” Her and Audrey would have conversations only the two could understand. A special bond.
Watching Mamaw love Audrey made my heart smile. She was truly one of a kind and the best great grandmother to my child I could have ever asked for! Mamaw you left such a huge mark on my life! For that I can’t thank you enough! It was more than an honor to know you!

Kendall Queen

September 9, 2020

I have a lot of memories of my grandmother she was in every part of my life. There is one memory that tops them all. In 2013 when I came back home from being gone for 3 years I had major issues and could not function in life. I was struggling severely and was headed downhill. I met my wife and found someone that actually made me better and kept me alive. We got married that year and it was a small wedding in my mother’s house. The best part of that wedding was the memory of my grandmother. She came up to me and pulled me aside and told me she loved me and she knew that I met the person her and my mother prayed for to keep me alive. She told me that Courtney was my angel to keep my dark memories locked away and focus on a life that I didn’t think I would have. She told me a saying that I will never forget and use to this day. Even when the darkness has taken over and you feel like there is no way out, look hard enough for the light and u will always make it out. Live by that to this day. She smiled at me and went over to my mother and aunt and started being silly and having fun again but that small moment of hope she gave me has burned since. Love and miss you mammaw you will always be remembered

Will Etheridge

September 8, 2020

My mother ask that people share their memories of my grandmother on the funeral home website.

I thought to myself and teared up as I wrote something that I want to share to honor Joe Love my mam maw

She was in every single memory of every single holiday or special event in mine or my children’s lives. She was devoted and supportive to her family unconditionally
She was the best grandmother that anyone could ask for and always present. She even was at the airport the day I left for basic training as I waved to my mother and her in tears, then walked in the tarmac and thought how loved I was. I am so great full that God blessed me with her in my life. I will miss her and her strength dearly.
my favorite saying of hers
“well heavenly days”

Sincerely
your grateful grandson

Will Etheridge

September 8, 2020

She was in every single memory of every holiday and special event in mine or my children’s lives. Absolutely devoted and forever backing and supporting her family
She was the best Grandmother that could ever be asked for. I loved her dearly and am so thankful God blessed me with her as my mam maw.

Sincerely
Will Etheridge

Brenda Jordan Bozeman

September 8, 2020

I loved coming to your house as a young girl. Your mom always made us feel so special. I know that you miss her until you see her again, but remember that she loved you with every breath. Love you, Brenda

Lorrie Driver

September 8, 2020

The most amazing mother and grandmother ever. I was blessed with the best ❤️🙏🏻
I miss you so much but thankful you are perfectly healed. I look forward to seeing you and Daddy again and we can celebrate Jesus together.

Cholie Hickman

September 7, 2020

I will definitely miss this beautiful lady and all her made up words . I thank god that I was able to meet her and she treated me like one of her own daughters and I will always cherish the days I sat with her eating all those snacks ,painting nails and looking at photos books . I love you so much mom Jo but God loved you more and needed you home .

FROM THE FAMILY

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