Opal P. Graves

Published 5:00 am Friday, June 1, 2007

Services for Opal P. Graves, of Meadville, were 11 a.m. Friday,June 1, at Providence Baptist Church in Franklin County, withburial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Wiley Reid and the Rev.Kevin Griffin will be officiating.

Visitation was Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m. at Franklin FuneralHome and Friday at the church from 10 until 11 a.m.

Mrs. Graves, 87, died May 30, 2007, at Franklin County MemorialHospital in Meadville. She was born in Attala County on Jan. 25,1920, to Zebudee and Zenia Pee Pullen.

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She was retired from D.R. McGeehee Insurance Agency inMeadville. She was a member of Meadville Baptist Church and aprevious 60 year member of Providence Baptist Church where sheserved in many capacities. She served several terms on theMississippi Baptist Women’s Missionary Union Executive Board and inevery position of her local WMU Association. She was a member ofthe Franklin Woman’s Club, the Pine Burr Garden Club and theFranklin American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid golfer and acharter member of the Middlefork Country Club where she was thefirst female to record a hole-in-one.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Carey E.Graves; and five siblings.

Survivors are her son, Harold Carey Graves and his wife,Catherine, of Meadville; daughters, Wanda Jean Cothern and herhusband, Wendell, of McComb, Diane Graves Mize, of Meadville, andCheryl McNerr, of Bossier City, La; brother, Billy Pullin, ofCharleston; sister, Earline Burton, of Tutwiler; 13 grandchildren,Valerie Simmons, Patricia DeRouen, Denine Howell, Brian Mize, BarryMize, Chris McNeer, Lauren Almefty, Kelly McNeer, Coleman Graves,Katelyn Graves, Madelaine Blackwell, Avery Blackwell and SavannahBlackwell; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Chris McNeer, Billy Joe Graves, MauriceWhitehead, Dr. Elmo Gabbert, Dr. Ben Yarbrough and Semmes Ross.

Memorials can be made to Meadville Baptist Church or toProvidence Baptist Church Building Fund.