Cleo Rose Thompson Garraway

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Cleo Rose Thompson Garraway passed away April 28, 2022, at her Hilliard, Ohio residence.  A graveside service was held July 16, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Bassfield Cemetery in Bassfield. Bro. Ken Roberts officiated.
Saulters Moore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cleo grew up in Silver Creek. Her parents were Clyde and Lela Thompson. She graduated from Silver Creek High School and then Attended Colin.Mrs. Garraway was a devoted wife and loving Mother.  Cleo was married to her late husband Bobby for over 60 years.  She managed Bobby’s law office for over 40 years and prior to that she taught commerce at Clem School in Jefferson Davis County, Black Jack School in Panola County, Purvis High School and Lumberton High School in Lamar County.

With everyday use of cellphones and computers, many of her former students still fondly remember the days she taught them typing.  She graduated with a BS from Mississippi Southern College and a PHT from Ole Miss.  Cleo spent many happy years with her family in Lumberton and Bassfield before moving to be near her daughter in Ohio.

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She is preceded in death by her husband Bobby J. Garraway of Bassfield, her two sisters Peggy Rathbun and Joyce Thompson of Prentiss, and her niece Donna (Charles) Blackburn of Lone Star.  Survivors include her daughter Rebecca Rose Garraway of Winter Park, Florida, her daughter Belynda (Rocky) Smiley of Hilliard, Ohio, and her niece Pam (Foster) Martin of Silver Creek.
As a way of remembering her love of family and animals, memorials may be made to the Bethel Thompson Family Cemetery Association, 163 Martin Road, Silver Creek, MS 39663 or the Lawrence County Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 732, Monticello, MS 39654.
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