Merlene Graves

Merlyne J. Graves


Merlyne Juanita Jones Graves, "Mama G", passed away on May 18, 2013, at Fort Washington Medical Center in Fort Washington, MA. She was born October 1, 1922, to the late LeRoy Jones and Cora S. Reed in Heidelberg, MS; she was the younger sister of the late Quintus Jones, Sr.

During the Christmas season of 1937, Merlyne's family moved to Jackson, MS, and shortly after joined Central Methodist Episcopal Church. As a member of Central Methodist Church, she served on several committees and gave her time as Editor-in-chief of the church newsletter, church photographer, and member of the church board of trustees.

In 1944, Merlyne married the late Obie L. Graves, Sr., later giving birth to twin boys. Her educational endeavors included: a Bachelor's in History with a minor in English from Tougaloo College in 1946; a Master of Arts in Education from Northwestern University in 1954; and studies through Mississippi University and Jackson State University, receiving her AAA teaching certificate.

Merlyne's working career was begun as a clerk-typist for the Negro Jackson Public School Superintendent. She and her husband later worked in education in Monticello, MS, Anguilla, MS, and Panther Burn, MS. In 1952, she began her career with the Jackson Public School System, teaching English for 32 years at Jim Hill High, Brinkley High, and Murrah High. Mrs. Graves was known for her positive interactions with her students, always encouraging them to achieve their best; her enthusiasm and humor in the classroom were said to be captivating. She was simply a great teacher who loved her work!

Merlyne Graves is survived by: her twin sons, Arthur Lee Graves and Obie Lee Graves, Jr., who are also her greatest joys; five grandchildren, Merlyne (Arthur), Wesley, Nicole, Christina, and Jonathan (Obie); eight great- grandchildren, Christina, Alexandria, Jonathan, Daylah, TJ, Samia, Jaire, and Ashley; one sister-in-law, Alice Jones of Jackson, MS, who was her loving and trusted friend; her nieces and nephews, Hilda Ruth Wells, Jacqueline Yates, Leroy Jones, and Ray Morris Jones; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service for Mrs. Graves is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Central United Methodist Church (500 N. Farish St., Jackson, MS), followed by burial at Garden Memorial Park. Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, at Lakeover Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

Lakeover Funeral Home
1525 Beasley Road Jackson, MS 39206
(601) 362-0162

Published in Clarion Ledger from May 25 to May 27, 2013