Betty Graham


Heaven became so much sweeter Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, as Betty Shook Graham, age 70, of Shook Cove Road, Tuckasegee, ran home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Graham, beloved wife, mother, sister, Aunt B, Mamaw and Great-Mamaw, was born in Sylva, N.C., on June 25, 1949, daughter of the late Dee Wood and Cornelia Ashe Shook.

Betty was a 1967 graduate of Cullowhee High School and retired from WestCare Home Health after a long career of caring for others. She was a long-time faithful member of Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church and never missed an opportunity to share her love of her Lord. She was a Lady Patriot Keeper with the Tuckasegee VFW, Mike Martin Post 9493.

Betty had a true servant’s heart for helping others, loved spoiling her grandbabies, camping, her little dog Rusty, crafts and crocheting.

Her husband of 51 years, James Ray “Jim” Graham, was always right by her side, faithfully caring for her and loving her beyond measure.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Paul Graham and wife Christi of Hazelwood; daughter, Heather Plemmons and husband Jason of Chester, S.C.; sister, Rebecca Middleton and Edd Austin of Tuckasegee; eight grandchildren, Sydney Walther, Ashton Graham, Kassidy Graham, Shelby Graham, MaKaylah Plemmons McDaniel, Hunter Plemmons, William Graham, and Scotland E. Graham; five great-grandchildren, Bodhi McDaniel, Fletcher McDaniel, Lucas McDaniel, Calladee Moore, and Erik Graham Moore; great-niece, Payton Nicholson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her infant sister, Joyce Ann, and her beloved son, Eric Dee Graham, who she is now holding in her arms, predeceased Mrs. Graham in death.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church.

Betty’s home-going celebration was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church.

Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Hunter Plemmons, G.B. McDaniel, Jason Nicholson, Conard Brown, Darryl Talley and Randy Messer. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Goforth, Tom Brown and Larry Coggins.

Memorials may be made, in her name, to Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 6, Tuckasegee, NC 28783; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., served the family.