Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Nellie Sue Graham

08/20/1946 - 02/22/2021

Nellie Sue Graham, of Murphy, passed away on February 22, 2021. Affectionately known as “Mamaw Sue,” she was a caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her legacy of love will live on forever in the lives and hearts of her loved ones.

Sue was born to the late Porter and Lucille Oliver on August 20, 1946. Sue married the late John Graham and together they had four children. She was a devoted mother and dedicated her life to caring for others, as demonstrated by her many years as a CNA with Personal Touch Assisted Living.

Most of Sue’s spare time was spent working at A & J Bargain’s & More thrift store, where she loved to chat with customers. When not working, Sue could be found spending time with family and especially her great grandchildren: Conner and Raylynn Waldroup and Rayna Rowland, and great nieces: Ariel Lockaby, Alexis Lockaby, Lillie McClure and Addie McClure; great nephews: Andrew Lockaby and Bradley Lockaby. These boys and girls were the light of her life and she was immensely proud to be their Mamaw.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sue was preceded in death by her sisters Roma Nix and Janice Barnhart, brother James Oliver, nephew Richard Barnhart, and great niece Hope Lockaby Hohmann.

Sue will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her children: Ida Sue Rowland and husband Billy, Annette Palmer and husband Ronnie, Trampas Graham, and Judy Breazeale and partner Jerry Sisum; grandchildren: Kelly Palmer, Amy Waldroup (Josh), Julie Pendergrass(John), Kristen Rowland and lifelong best friend Monique Wajda, Anna James (Jesse), Dustin Breazeale and Catherine Breazeale; sisters: Judy Lockaby and Connie Creason (Steve); brothers: Louie Oliver (Gail), Jerry Oliver (Glenda); sister-in-law, Gayle Oliver; son-in-law, Reid Breazeale; dear friend, Carolyn Dockery, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. Hoyt Brown and Rev. Calvin Murphy will officiate. Music will be conducted by Rita Worley and Bucky Kelly. Burial will be in Old Martins Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Creason, Eddie Lockaby, Mark Lockaby, Matthew Lockaby, Michael Lockaby, Anthony Oliver, Jamie Oliver, Taylor Oliver, and Charlie Penland. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dustin Breazeale, Danny Dockery, Jesse James, Andrew Lockaby, John Pendergrass, and Josh Waldroup.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy.

In lieu of donations, the family asks that donations be made in Nellie’s honor to the Shriner’s Hospital, 950 W Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.

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