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Winnifred “Winnie” Graham

Funeral service for Mrs. Winnifred “Winnie” Graham, age 95, of Fayetteville, will be conducted Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Ward and Rev. Will Wells officiating. Burial will follow in Blanche Cemetery. Mrs. Graham passed away Friday, February 5, 2016 at Southern Manor.

Mrs. Graham was a native of Caldwell County, MO, the daughter of the late Robert William and Bessie Burgess McBeath. She was a teacher in Lincoln County, Madison County, AL and Missouri and a member of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son Steve (Lorraine) Graham of Taft, grandchildren Misty (Jason) Allen of Huntsville, AL, Scott (Whittney) Graham, Brett (Lauren) Graham all of Taft, brother Robert McBeath of Everglades City, FL and 8 great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Claude Graham, daughter Claudia McVay and grandson Brandson McVay.

Special Thank you to Mrs. Graham’s friends and family of Southern Manor.

Visitation with the family will be Saturday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

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#1 Comment By Tina Peel On February 5, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending your family hugs and prayers.

#2 Comment By Gary and Brenda Badenhop On February 6, 2016 @ 1:39 am

Sending our condolences to your family. May you find comfort in your memories of your mom/grandmother.

#3 Comment By Gary and Brenda Badenhop On February 6, 2016 @ 2:25 am

Steve and Family,

We are thinking of you at this difficult time in your family’s life. May you find comfort in your happy memories of your Mother.

#4 Comment By carole whitted On February 6, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

Rest in Jesus Mrs. winnie

#5 Comment By Gloria Heller On February 6, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

Miss Graham was one of a kind and will be missed very much at SMLC. I know for certain I will miss her! May the Lord comfort you and your family at this time……..

#6 Comment By Tippy Ingram On February 6, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

I am a resident at Southern Manor and met Mrs. Winnie in May of 2015.. I had great respect for all the heath issues she dealt with so bravely. We shall miss her pretty face and loving spirit May God Bless you, her family, during this difficult time.


#7 Comment By Darlene Lockwood On February 6, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

I have been blessed that the Lord crossed my path in life with Ms. Graham’s. It has truely been an honor to have assisted her @ Southern Manor. She like my Mother was an inspiration to me on a daily basis and will be missed. I was also honored to share prayer with her that the Lord find a very special and beautiful place in his garden for this wonderful lady. Rest in peace Ms. Winnie until we meet again I know you will be waiting for me along with my Mother in heaven … God bless the Graham family may you find peace in loving memories.

#8 Comment By Cindy Harwell On February 6, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

Steve…so sorry to hear about Winnie. My family and especially Mom thought a lot of this sweet lady. Heaven has them laughing and talking together again.

#9 Comment By Beverly Watson ONeal On February 7, 2016 @ 1:22 am

What a beautiful person and such a loving, caring teacher (1964). I have 7 siblings and I think most were in her class. As many of that time, we sometimes didn’t have proper clothes or enough food. She made sure we were able to eat at school and were never penalized because we didn’t have books or paper when needed. I recently told my 10 year old granddaughter about the most wonderful teacher I ever had. She wanted to know why I cried when I talked about her. I told her she made a huge difference in how I felt about teachers, education and love. I feel blessed by knowing her for such a short time. Enjoy your memories as I will mine and know that she is in a much better place where her love will continue to shine.

#10 Comment By Mary Lee Pitts On February 7, 2016 @ 2:43 am

Steve I loved your Mother.Winnie was a great lady .We still talked up until a few months ago . I am sorry for loss .

#11 Comment By Mary Lee Pitts On February 7, 2016 @ 2:46 am

Winnie was a great person and I thought the World of her . Rest in peace Winnie .

#12 Comment By Tina Twyman On February 7, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

It tells us several times in the bible to be strong and courageous. There is no one who exemplified that more than Ms Winnie. She had many physical struggles including her mobility issues and her failing eyesight, but that never made her give up. She faced each new day with a plan to live it to the fullest. She participated in as many activities as she could. Everyday she got up dressed, including jewelry that matched the outfit, fixed her hair, put her makeup on, and put a brave smile on her face and enjoyed the day. she attended church as often as she could and could quote scripture as well as anyone. She would always say “I’ fine, fine”. She never wanted to be a burden. She was a wonderful example for us all. I hope I can always remember to be as strong and courageous as Ms Winnie Graham and never forget the inspiration she was. You will be missed Ms Winnie. I know you are dancing with the Angels today and your sight is as clear as a child’s. We love you

#13 Comment By Audrea Edwards On February 8, 2016 @ 5:42 pm

Ms Winnie was one of the sweetest ladies I had the honor to meet and talk on several occasions with at Southern Manor. She was a very dear Christian lady who will be missed by so many. My prayers are with the family.

#14 Comment By Nelson and Kathy Boice On February 10, 2016 @ 5:10 am

She was a wonderful person. Our son, Scott Boice had a brain tumor and she always wanted to know how he was doing. What a sweet lady!