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Services for Ms. Lorene Jones Graham will be held 3pm, Thursday July 6, 2017 at White Plains Holiness Assembly with burial in the church cemetery. Bro. Ricky Boler and Bro. Mitchell Graham will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00pm, Wednesday at Milling Funeral Home in Union and 1:00-3:00pm, Thursday at White Plains Holiness Assembly.

Mrs. Lorene was the baby of six siblings and the only Jones child with no middle name. Although she loved school, she dropped out when she was 16 to marry the Dow Graham who would be her sweetheart for 72 years. When she was 18, she gave birth to her only daughter. Four years later, she gave birth to Carlos Lee, who would be taken from them three short years later. She had been saved at the age of 9, and she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost when she was 23 years old. After this, she and Bro. Dow began to have church in surrounding homes. She raised a daughter, played the accordion, worked on the farm, ….and she prayed. In 1942, they built a church out of lumber in the middle of WWII. From that time forward, she became song leader, chief musician, Sunday school teacher, preacher, church janitor, church secretary….and she prayed. She later worked in shirt factories as she continued with her church duties. They erected a second church building in 1957. In 1963, she received one of the two greatest gifts of her life….a grandson. Fourteen months later, a granddaughter graced her life. After God and the church, these two became her greatest joys. During the Vietnam War, she and other ladies started coming to the church every night to pray for the young men who were drafted. She continued this until April 2016. For years, she read constantly…her Bible first and nonfiction second….and she prayed. She fixed butter-sugar biscuits for her grandchildren and told make-up stories in which the good guys always won, and the bad guys (after being appropriately punished) were redeemed….and she prayed. She wrote plays for Christmas and Easter programs and directed VBS. If any kid expressed any interest in a youth camp or camp meeting, she would load them up and head off by herself, amid giggles and drama and mounds of luggage…..and she prayed. In 1975, she was diagnosed with cancer and not given much hope to live, but she was healed. In 1981, the men of the church lead by her son-in-law built a third church building. She called and visited the sick and hurting in the community, planned revivals, cleaned the church, gave to missions, scrimped and saved….and she prayed. In 1986, her first great grandson was born, and just months later Bro. Dow was diagnosed with acute leukemia and not given much hope to live, but he was healed. She stayed by his side for 69 days in the hospital…..and she prayed. Four years later, a second great-grandson was born. Six years later, she would have another great-grandson and a great-granddaughter to babysit. When she was 74 years old, she told her granddaughter privately that she wanted to get her GED. She enrolled in the GED prep classes and in three months after being out of school for almost 60 years earned her GED. Mrs. Carol Vickers encouraged her to attend college. When she was 75, she began studying for her A.A. degree at ECCC……and she prayed. She was initiated into Phi Theta Kappa as its oldest inductee and was honored in Washington D.C. After she graduated, she was asked to come back as an instructor in the GED program, and she continued that for 10 years…..and she prayed. In 2000, she was recognized as an Ageless Hero in the state. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Service in Washington D.C. At age 88, she retired to care for her ailing husband. She continued her church and community work…..and she prayed. After Bro. Dows death, she carried on the mission of the church, making sure that the Biblical principles they had set forth so many years before were continued. She continued to help others and teach Sunday school and preach and take care of the business of the church….and she prayed. In 2009, her first great-great grandchild would bring joy by visiting. In 2015 and 2016, two little great-great granddaughters made her life complete. It was only after a prolonged hospital stay in the spring of 2016 that she missed any church services. Even while living in Madden Lighthouse, she attended church twice a week, continued to quote scriptures, and sang every time she had the chance…..and she prayed.

The week before she left this life for her eternal home, she sang It Is No Secret What God Can Do loudly…and she prayed. There is no better verse to sum up Sis. Lorene Grahams life than one containing Jesus words to his disciples after Mary broke the bottle of fine ointment and poured it on his feet. Jesus said, She has done what she could…….And truly I tell you….what she has done will also be told in memory of her.

Mrs. Graham is survived by 1 Daughter: Margie Hillman and husband Hulon of Prospect 1 Grandson: Iran Hillman and wife Pam of Prospect 1 Granddaughter: Tanya Boler and husband Ricky of Prospect 4 Great Grandchildren: Corey Boler and wife Ashley of Moss Point Sean Hillman and wife Savannah of Prospect Darin Hillman and wife Tiana of Flowood Aislin Thrash and husband Russ of Prospect 5 Great -Great -Grandchildren: Lathan Hess-Boler, Rosie Thrash, Ella Hillman, Taylor Coe, and Andrew Coe 1 sister-in-law: Clevie Mowdy of Prospect numerous nieces , nephews and church family. Mrs. Lorene is preceded in death by her husband Rev. Dow Graham, parents Alvin and Mary Jones, son Carlos Lee Graham, and five siblings.

Pallbearers: Iran Hillman, Ricky Boler, Corey Boler,Sean Hillman, Darin Hillman, Russ Thrash and Lathan Hess-Boler

Honorary Pallbearers: The Men of her Sunday School Class
Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 4, 2017
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