Funeral services for Mrs. Wilma Jean Gilliam Grayson will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at noon at Springhill Baptist Church in Quitman with the Rev. Herbert Walker, pastor officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. until funeral time. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Grayson, 87, of Quitman, was born on Oct. 9, 1931, in Fort Worth, Texas to the late William Gilliam and Beatrice Jones Gilliam. She attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas where she gained her teacher's degree and certificate. Mrs. Grayson was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. After her college years in Texas, Mrs. Grayson moved to Mississippi where she met and joined in holy matrimony with Mr. Lemuel Grayson. She was a member of the Springhill Baptist Church of Desoto.
Mrs. Grayson was a long-time educator at the Shubuta Elementary School for several years and then the Quitman Consolidated School District until she retired with over 30 years of service. She was also a very active member of the Mississippi Teachers Association. Although Mrs. Grayson did not have any biological children of her own she was a mother to all that knew her.
Mrs. Grayson was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel Grayson; father, William Gilliam, mother, Beatrice Gilliam, and sister, Billa Mae Gilliam.
She is survived by a brother, William Gilliam of Athens, Ga., three nieces Firm Brimmage of Uma, Ariz., Billie (Steve) Wilkins of Sanford, N.C., and Michelle Gilliam of Atlanta, Ga.; two nephews, Rhaal Brimmage of Uma, Ariz., and William Bill Gilliam of San Francisco, Calif., and a host of cousins and friends.
Enterprise Funeral Home in Meridian has been entrusted with the final arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2018