Obituaries G


Gann, Raymond Dwight

Gant, Charlie Thomas

Gary, William

Gaston, Katherine Jones

Gaston, Velma Crowson

Gates, Edwin Parker

Gates, L. C.

Gibson, Ethel Lee “Lil Sister”

Gilley, Ella Doris Bailey

A memorial service will be held for Ella Doris Bailey Gilley of Amarillo, TX (formerly Marks, MS) on Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Locke Station Baptist Church.  Ms. Gilley was born on January 18, 1940, near Crowder, MS and passed away on Monday, November 14th in Amarillo, TX after a brief illness.  She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Gilley; parents Walter and Florie Bailey of Locke Station; and sisters Juanita Douglas of Hernando, MS and Mary Alice Little of Locke Station.  She leaves four children Ricky Melton of Amarillo, TX; Teresa Chavez of Memphis, TN; Terry Melton of Memphis, TN; and Eddie Melton of St. Petersburg, FL; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  She leaves two brothers, James Bailey of Locke Station, and Eugene Bailey of Batesville; two sisters, Jeanette Hannah of Locke Station, and Kristen Mitchell of Crowder, MS.

During the 70s, Mr. and Mrs. Gilley lived in Marks, MS where he worked for Willis Body Shop.  Ella Doris was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Bailey.

Quitman County Democrat, November 24, 2011


Gilliam, Jr., Clinton “Buster”

Gilliam-Bowman, Diana

Diana Gilliam-Bowman of Chicago, formerly of Quitman County, age 48, died Friday, September 26, 2008.  Funeral services were Saturday, October 4, at Ruwach Ministries in Lambert with the Rev. Leroy Peggs officiating.  Delta Burial Corporation of Marks had charge.

Born March 30, 1960, to Jimmy Dale Gilliam, Sr. and Ruby Jean Gilliam of Marks, she joined Friendship Church under the leadership of Rev. E.N. Jude at an early age.  She attended elementary school in Lambert and Quitman County High School in Marks.  She later moved to Chicago, IL, where she was united in marriage to Timothy Allen Bowman of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby J. Gilliam, a son Lamarkian Bowman and three brothers, Jimmy Gilliam, Jr., Roosevelt Gilliam and Jeremy Cole.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Timothy A. Bowman of Chicago, five children, Tywonne Willis (Gregory) of Marks, Terence Gilliam, Tyrus Gilliam of Tunica, Angelina Travis, Timothy Travis of Chicago; her father, Jimmy Gilliam, Sr. of Lambert; one sister, Jameka Johnson of Clarksdale; four brothers, Willie Gilliam of Clarksdale, Lonnie Gilliam (Toytoa) of Marks, Roy Gilliam of Milwaukee, WI, and Jarvis Cole of Lambert; 11 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and close loved ones.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, October 9, 2008

Givens, Jerry Lee

Services were held for Jerry Lee Givens of Lambert on Saturday, September 18, at New Life Church of God in Marks, with Elder Ivory Sims officiating.  Burial was in Lambert Cemetery.

He was born February 4, 1952, in Vance to Martha Hoskins Washington and Albert Givens, Sr.  He departed this life on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at his home.  He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age.

He served his country as a Third Class Petty Officer in the U. S. Navy.  He recently retired as correctional officer at Ms. State Prison.  He was a Home Health Care Provider and served many with loving care in numerous other capacities.  He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and carpentry.

Jerry was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Catherine Ballard; his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

He leaves to cherish fond memories Tracy Given, his wife and beloved mother of Demarkus (Jamie) and Kimberly Givens of Indiana; Rosemary Bowman, beloved mother of Jerry DeShaun Givens of Jackson, MS; a dear and devoted companion, Doris Hoskins; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He also leaves six sisters, Diane Washington of Lambert, Kathi (Bruce) Bell of Morganfield, KY, Deanna (Larry) McClelland of Southaven, MS, Carol (Jerome) Malone, Norma Givens, Valerie (Eddie) Cheatem of Indiana; five brothers, Carl and Steven Washington of IL, Albert Jr. (Eleanora), Kenneth (Sheila) and Christopher Givens, all of Missouri.

Quitman County Democrat, September 23, 2010


Glover, Jessie W. “Wimpy”

Glover, Maggie

Maggie Glover was born March 6, 1909, to Les and Paralee Taylor of Heidelberg, Mississippi.  She was one of twelve children (six boys and six girls). Eight lived to full adulthood (two boys and six girls).  When the family moved from the hills of Mississippi to the Mississippi Delta they eventually came to Marks, Mississippi.  By that time Maggie had married Willie Glover and gave birth to two children Willie Jr. (who died) and Anita.  Years later they adopted a wonderful little boy, Mark, who was accidentally killed at age twenty.

Maggie completed 10th grade in Sunflower County Mississippi Public Schools and later passed the GED, attended Poro Beauty College in Chicago for two years and became a beautician.  She was a seamstress and later added upholstery to her basket of skills.

Maggie, with the rest of the family, joined Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Marks.  Her 65-year journey through the church was with love and enhusiasm. Over the years she served as an Usher, Stewardess, Trustee, Class Leader, Missionary, Church Secretary and Steward. She served as Director President of the Lay Organization and was  elected Delegate or Alternate to several General Conferences.  In 2001, Maggie came to live with her beloved daughter Anita Heard in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, due to ailing health.  She transferred her membership to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Woodbury.  Bethel embraced her with loving arms.  She became an honorary Steward.

“God never asks about our ability nor our inability — just our availability.”  Maggie Glover, a committed Christian, always available to serve the cause, was a pillar of the community of Marks, Mississippi, where she lived most of her 97 years of life.  She was a God-fearing woman whose faith and inner strength always saw her through life’s many challenges.

She possessed a forgiving spirit and was known for her hearty laugh, ready smile, and candid speech.  No hidden agendas for Maggie Glover, she would tell you exactly where she stood on any issue and would not be the least bit disturbed if you disagreed.  Her children and grandchildren enjoyed knowing that her love for each of them was unconditional.  She always looked for the best in them, even when their behavior was displeasing to her.

Maggie leaves to cherish her memory; her loving daughter, Mrs. Anita Heard; one granddaughter, Rosalyn Sistrunk; one sister, Louise Holloway; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

“To know the Will of God is the greatest knowledge, to find the Will of God is the greatest discovery, and to do the Will of God is the greatest achievement.”

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, November 9, 2006


Glover, Malcom

Goddard, Helen Tate

Helen Tate Goddard, 79, of Brazil, MS died on Sunday, December 16, 2007, at Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta, GA of cancer.  Helen was born on April 6, 1928, in Brazil, MS, the daughter of the late Harriet Maude and Baxter Laney Tate.  She graduated from high school in 1945 and was valedictorian of her class.  She attended the University of Mississippi and received a B. A. degree majoring in Education.

In 1950, Helen married Atwell “Strick” Strickland and adopted a daughter, Starwyn Stelene, in 1961.  After being married for 14 years they divorced in 1964.  Helen returned to the Universtiy of Mississippi in 1968 to obtain a Masters in Education.  She taught multiple grades and almost every subject in her teaching career.  For 15 years she was Reading Supervisor for the Quitman County Public School System, and she helped many elementary school children learn to read.  She was very curious and loved learning new things.  She was an avid reader, liked to travel, and loved collecting gemstones and rocks.

In 1983, she married the late Henry B. Goddard, a banker from Memphis, TN.  She is survived by her daughter, Starwyn Strickland Stark and her step-son Henry “Hank” B. Goddard, Jr. of Crofton, MD; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 2 PM at the Webb-Sumner Methodist Church in Webb, MS on Highway 49 with Rev. C. Jerry Wages officiating.  Flowers are welcome.  Arrangements by Cremation Society of the SOUTH, 595 Franklin Rd., Marietta, GA 30067.  770-420-5557.

Quitman County Democrat, December 27, 2007

Golden, Earnestine Todd

Golden, Elmer Earl

Golden, James Vernon

Golden, Larry Bennett

Golden, Jr., Ozell

Golden, Rachel

Goldman, Ellen Eason Covington 

Goodnight, Ilor Pauline Rea

Goodwin, Willie Bob

Gordon, Sr., James

Gore, Velma King

Velma King Gore of Lambert, 75, homemaker, died of heart failure Saturday, August 29, 1998, at South Panola Community Hospital.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, at Lambert Methodist Church with burial in Lambert Cemetery.  Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks had charge.

Mrs. Gore, the widow of Curtis Leroy Gore, leaves two daughters, Katheryn Ragon and Loraine Gore, both of Batesville; three sons, Jerry Gore of Springdale, AR, Johnny “Bo” Gore of Mobile and Ricky Gore of Jackson; a sister, Mary Ruth O’Bryant of Sidon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat, September 3, 1998

Gorton, Ophelia Mack

Gory, J. D.

Graeber, Frances Clark 


Services held March 17 for James P. Graeber

Funeral services were held Monday, March 17, at Marks Presbyterian Church for James Peyton Graeber, who died March 14 at Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford after a long illness.  The Reverend Dr. Laurie Jones, church pastor, conducted the service.  Burial was in Marks Cemetery.

Mr. Graeber, 83, was born March 22, 1919, in Yazoo City.  He was a founding partner of Graeber Bros., Inc., propane gas distributor, which serves all of North Mississippi.  He was a Ruling Elder and Stated Clerk of the Session at Marks Presbyterian Church and had served on various Presbyterian committees.

He served as Director on the Board of Union Planters Bank North Mississippi Division.  He was a founding member of Delta Academy in Marks, Burke Hunting Club, and the Riverview Land Co.  He was a member of the Clarksdale Country Club.

He served in Europe during World War II as Captain in the U. S. Army.  He attended Rhodes College, then Southwestern at Memphis, until leaving to serve in the war and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Jewell Graeber of Marks; two daughters, Gay Grafton Graeber of Oxford and Ethel Graeber Gibbs of St. Matthews, SC; a son, James P. “Skip” Graeber of Clarksdale; a sister, Aileen Graeber Clark of Lauderdale; two brothers, Lewis A. Graeber, Jr., of Marks and Henry Grafton Graeber of Como; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, Delta Academy, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, March 20, 2003


Graeber, Jewell Younger

Services held for Lewis A. Graeber, Jr.

Lewis Adolphus Graeber, Jr., of Marks, Mississippi, died March 22, 2008. Visitation was at the family home from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, March 24.  Services were held Tuesday, March 25, at 11:00 A.M. at the Marks Presbyterian Church, a church his parents helped found.  Burial was at the Marks Cemetery.

He was the son of Lewis Adolphus Graeber and Neva Grafton Graeber.  He was educated in the Marks Public Schools and at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College).  Except for the four years he spent in the Navy in World War II, stationed at Pearl Harbor, being discharged a Lieutenant Commander, he lived in Marks his entire life.

Mr. Graeber and his brother, the late James Peyton Graeber, and their father founded Graeber Brothers, Inc. in 1937, and also Dixie Gas, Inc., and they farmed Caledonia Plantation.  He was an Elder in the Marks Presbyterian Church, a past Moderator of Covenant Presbytery (PCA), a past president of the Marks Rotary Club, being named a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a member of the Chancellor’s Trust at the University of Mississippi Loyalty Foundation, and he and his wife established the Frances and Lewis Graeber Scholarship.  Though his wife was an alumnus, he loved to say he was “Ole Miss’ biggest walk-on alum.”

Mr. Graeber’s board memberships included the National Propane Gas Association, being elected president twice; French Camp Academy; Bellhaven College; LeBonheur Children’s Hospital; Mississippi Safety Council; Mississippi Economic Council; Alderman of the City of Marks, Quitman County Planning Commission; Delta Area Council of Boy Scouts, receiving the Silver Beaver Award.

Mr. Graeber was co-founder and trustee of the Graeber Foundation.  He was a trustee of the Cassidy Foundation and founder and trustee of the First Marks Cemetery Association.

He was a past president of the Clarksdale Country Club and a retired member of the University Club of Memphis.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Clark Graeber; daughter Geri Graeber Pitts (Henry) of Memphis; sons Lewis Adolphus Graeber, III of Jackson; John Clark Graeber (Bookie) and William Mims Graeber (Dede), both of Marks; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Aleene Graeber Clark (Grady) of Lauderdale; and a brother, Henry Grafton Graeber (Becky) of Oxford.

The family would appreciate memorials to Delta Academy, P.O. Box 70, Marks, MS  38646 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, March 27, 2008



Grantham, Myrnita B.

Greene, Dorothy

Griffin, Cedrick Michael

Griffin, Edna Mae

Griffin, Lillie Mae

Lillie Mae Griffin of Crowder, 88, homemaker, caretaker and a member of Crowder Baptist Church, died November 13, 2006, at her home.

Services were at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at Crowder Baptist Church with burial in Crowder Cemetery.  Kimbro Funeral Home of Marks had charge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Owen Griffin; her parents, James Thomas Harrison and Emily Oliver Harrison; her sons, Jesse Owen Griffin, Richard Gerald Griffin and Vernon Keith Griffin; her sisters, Lula Holcombe Marquis and Idell Griffin; and her brothers James Wylie Harrison and Bill Harrison.

She leaves two daughters, Betty Joe Griffin Brower of Batesville and Kathe (Gary) Daugherty of Batesville; four sons, J. W. (Marilyn) Griffin and Roy Lynn (Peggy) Griffin, both of Crowder, Larry Wayne (Theresa) Griffin of Walls, and Sammie Lee (Chris) Griffin of Como; a sister, Opal Kornegay of Vidor, TX; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Quitman County Democrat, November 23, 2006

Grimsley, Joseph Edward

Gross, Shafter James

Gross, Stanley “Sonny”

Grozinger, Maxie Elliott

Mrs. Maxie Elliott Grozinger, 83, retired postmaster at Crowder Post Office, died of heart failure Wednesday, January 22, 1997, at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.

Graveside services were held on Friday, January 24, at Crowder Cemetery in Crowder at 10:00 a.m.  Kimbro Funeral Home of Marks had charge.

Mrs. Grozinger was a Webb native and was a member of Crowder Baptist Church.

The widow of Eric A. Grozinger, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Crocker of Clarksdale; a brother, Bobby Elliott and a sister, Patsy Bailey, both of Crowder; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Quitman County Democrat,  January 30, 1997


Guest, James Vardaman

James Vardaman Guest of West Point, 81, former owner of Guest’s Stop and Shop Grocery Store in Clay County, died Saturday, October 14, 1995, of heart failure at Clay County Medical Center.  Services were at 2:00 p.m. at Nowell-Robinson Funeral Home with burial in Woodland Cemetery.

Mr. Guest, the husband of Ruby Guest, also leaves a son, Wayne Guest of Arlington, TX; three sisters, Irene Fulgham of Clarksdale, Moxlena Petty of Ruleville, and Ruby McAtee of Charleston; three brothers, Tom Ed Guest of Greenwood, Joe Guest of Drew and O. B. Guest of Lambert; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests any memorials be sent to the American Heart Association in West Point.

Quitman County Democrat, Thursday, October 19, 1995


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