Twila Marie Graham of Arkadelphia, and formally of Little Rock, went to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on June 8, 2018, at Courtyard Gardens in Arkadelphia.
She was born August 12, 1921, at Ozark Arkansas, in Franklin County, to John and Alma Agee. She was married to Earl K. Graham on August 12, 1942, while living in Conway. She received her BSE from State Teachers College in Conway and her Master’s at Harding University in Searcy.
She taught at Oakhurst in the Little Rock school system and at Wakefield Elementary in the Pulaski County Special School District for 24 years. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota Sorority and state president for two years, 1973-1975.
She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, since 1957, where she taught in the children’s department for several years and conducted Bible studies at church and in retirements centers. She attended Third Street Baptist Church in Arkadelphia while living with her daughter and son-in-law.
After retirement she worked with International Friendship; teaching beginning English and cooking class for her International friends. Her hobby of enjoyment was porcelain painting. Most of all she loved God and demonstrated that love to her family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Fay and Eugene Agee, her step-mother, Mary Morton Agee, and her husband of 58 years, Earl.
Those who will deeply miss her will be her children, Robert Earl (Gwendolyn) Graham of Little Rock, Margaret Diane (Fenton) Runyan of Arkadelphia; four grandchildren, Chad (Beth) Toland of Little Rock, John Runyan of Richmond, Va., Melody (Joel) Hollingsworth of Hot Springs, Crystal (Robby) Pyke of Houston, Texas; seven great grandchildren, Matthew, Gracen and Lauren Toland, Adreanne and Douglas Runyan, Sydney and Josie Hollingsworth; nieces, nephews and multiple friends. Three friends that have a special place in Marie’s heart are Mary Collie, Linda Smith, and Tina Griffin as they gave their time, love, and dedication as her caregivers.
Her children want to thank Courtyard Gardens of Arkadelphia and Hospice of Central Arkansas for their excellent care in her last days.
Visitation was from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia.
Services were held at 12 noon Tuesday, June 12 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. Visitation was on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackelford Little Rock, AR 72221 or to Third Street Baptist Church, 224 Crawford St. Arkadelphia, AR 71923.
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