SHELBY-- Hester Ann Graham McKissick, 88, of 311 Best Street, departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby. She was born on May 8, 1925, in Savannah, Ga., to the late Bob and Lizzie Graham.
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Hester was a member of Roberts Tabernacle C.M.E. Church and held various positions over the years. She served on the missionary society, the kitchen committee, choir and she was a class leader.
Hester was employed with PPG Industries for 27 years and held various other jobs. She was the first black cook at Roses dime store in uptown Shelby as well as the Little Mint. She worked at the Cleveland County Fair for years for Ed Wilson, where she made him famous for his country ham biscuits. In addition, she was employed with Harvey B. Hamrick, making his kids her main focus.
In her spare time, Hester enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, baking, sewing and helping others to raise their kids, especially Beth and Catherine. She also loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, David Grant and Alex Grant; three sisters, Mariah Jenkins, Jessie Graham and Ellen Graham; and a brother, Elliott Graham.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Brenda Hopper (Andrew), Norma Gail Mack, Mary Georgette Hartgrove, George Dennis McKissick (Ann), Doris Ann McKissick, all of Shelby, and James Keith McKissick (Marcia) of Waco; thirty grandchildren; sixty-three great-grandchildren; forty-five great-great-grandchildren; four great-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Anna Bell Graham of Savannah, Ga.; and a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church
Funeral Service: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Tabernacle C.M.E. Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Pamela Mack
Burial: Webb Memorial Lawns
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net
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Published in Shelby Star on Oct. 17, 2013