Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Gathering of Grahams

Forty-five years ago today, this brief article appeared in The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri recounting a gathering of Grahams. I’m not sure of the occasion – no obvious anniversaries or birthdays were on 19 October 1970, the date of the visit. Maybe they just missed each other’s company.

Visits Uncle

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Albert Graham[1] and family of Harvey, Ill.[2], visited his Uncle Jasper Graham. Others visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Graham[3] were Mr. and Mrs. Blane Rains[4], of Oran, Denver Graham[5] of Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Graham[6] and family of Oran.

Notes

1. Albert John Graham, son of Jessie Cornelius Graham and Callie Watts, and his wife Mary Ellen Treat, daughter of James Carter Treat and Mary Margaret Watts.

2. I didn’t know that Albert and family lived in Harvey for a time! Now I’ll have to visit the library again to page through the old phone books.

3. John Jasper Graham, Jessie’s brother, and Silas Danner Copeland.

4. Blain Rains and his wife Junia Barnes, daughter of Harmon Barnes and Alcidine Watts.

5. Denver Etridge Graham, son of Jasper and Danner.

6. Dempsey Graham, son of Jasper and Danner, and his wife Lillian Harris.

Sources

The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Visits Uncle”, published on Thursday, 22 October 1970. Retrieved from newspapers.com on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

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Jana Sue Rains Obituary

This morning I learned of the death of Jana Rains. Jana was a third cousin of mine. We corresponded briefly in 2013 after she discovered the article here at stately Graham Ancestry about her great grandmother, Minnie Graham. That article inspired Jana to create her own WordPress journal where, I hoped, she would write about her Rains and Melton families, alas, she never did. She was, however, active on Find A Grave, and managed several memorials for lost relatives. My condolences to Jana’s family.

Jana Sue Rains

Jana Sue RainsMay 10, 1967 – October 12, 2015

Jana Sue Rains, age 48 of Everton, Arkansas passed from this life on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas. She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on May 10th, 1967 to James Rains and Elsie (McGuffin) Rains.

Jana graduated from Rio Linda High School in Rio Linda, California where she was a member of the band and played First Chair in trumpet. Jana attended the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove. She was a beautician. Jana was a very free hearted person and enjoyed being the family party organizer. She became caregiver to her parents after their health failed. She loved caring for her family and her nieces and nephews held a very special place in her heart.

Jana is preceded in death by her nephew, Richard Olt.

Survivors include her parents; sisters, Marsha Rains (Ernie) Verduzco of Olvey, Sharon (Dave) Nichols of West Sacramento, CA, Lanita Kay (Mark) Longboy of Mt. Vernon, MO and Ronda Rains (Leslie) Turner of Bellefonte; brothers, James L. (Lorna) Rains Jr. of Forsyth, MO, Jon Rains and Roger A. Rains, both of Ozark; nieces, Tamy (Buddy) Keen and family, Melinda Gallardo, Grace Nally and Sherolyn Nally.

Arrangements by Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Jana will be 10:00 AM Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Western Grove, Arkansas with Bro. Dorvin Ricketts officiating. Burial will be in Nubbin Hill Cemetery, 5036 Kimbrell Creek Road, Leslie, Arkansas. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Sources

Roller-Coffman Funeral Home. “Jana Sue Rains,” published on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Retrieved on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.


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