Funeral services were held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Holly Springs C.M.E. Church, Bassfield, MS for Mrs. Thelma Graves, 89, who died Monday, February 22, 2016 at Jeff Davis Community Hospital, Prentiss, MS. Rev. Eddie Dixon, pastor, officiated with interment following in the Reese Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Thelma Graves was born to the late Anderson and Cora Thompson Graves. She was the oldest of four children. She was educated in the rural Jefferson Davis county schools and graduated from Prentiss Institute. She lived in Jackson, Mississippi for a short time and later relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana where she lived over thirty years. In 1982, she returned to Bassfield, Mississippi to take care of her parents. She was a member of Holly Springs C.M.E. Church and remained until her death.
She was preceded in death by: sister, Velma Graves Wilson, brother-in-law, Leonard Wilson and two nephews, Carvin Graves and Robert J. Graves, Jr.
She is survived by: two brothers, Robert J. (Martha) Graves, Buford (Shirley) Graves both of Bassfield, MS; 6 nieces, 6 nephews, nephew she raised as her own, Xavier J. Graves of Bassfield, MS; many other relatives and friends.