1948 ~ 2021
Date of Death: October 8, 2021
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Graham family. Cora’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Veasley Funeral Home. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Ms. Cora Graham.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Cora Norton Graham was born on January 10, 1948 to the parents of Jessie Norton and Annie Lee Harris in Lundell, AR. Cora was the youngest of 8 children. Cora accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age at Zion Travelers Church in Mellwood, AR under the leadership of Rev. F. A. Simpson.
She attended Elaine Elementary School and graduated from Lakeview High School. After graduation, she moved to Detroit, MI and then to Grand Rapids, MI. Cora worked at Osteopathic/Metro Hospital for several years. She also worked at Coats & Aprons and Kmart.
Cora moved back to Arkansas and married Albert Troy Graham on September 9, 1974. To this union one daughter, Yolonda, was born. After a brief stay in Lundell, AR she returned to Grand Rapids, MI to be closer to her sister. After spending several years in Grand Rapids, she returned to Arkansas to be near her parents and raise her daughter.
She attended True Vine Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Lonnie Whitfield Sr.. Cora was a faithful choir member and served on the Kitchen Ministry. In 2007 she moved to Conway, AR and joined New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. George Parks Jr. where she remained a faithful member until her transition.
Cora enjoyed playing bingo, shopping, singing in the choir, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed a good laugh. Cora loved her family. She had a special relationship with her grands and great-grands. Cora was also a foster grandparent at Little Dumplings Childcare Center. All the littles loved Grandma.
She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Graham, her parents Jessie & Annie Lee Norton, her step-mother Addie Norton, her brother Willie Norton, her sisters Ruth Fitzpatrick and Jessie Lee Braden.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her only child Yolonda (Roland) Jackson, grandsons Tyrique Jackson and Kingston Jackson, her great-granddaughter Avareigh Jackson, fiancé to grandson Briana Sanders and bonus great-granddaughter Brielle Everette all of Conway, Arkansas; her sisters Earlean Kendricks of Grand Rapids, MI, Charlean Jackson of Detroit, MI; her brothers Louis (Geraldine) Norton of Centerville, IL, and Nathaniel Gordon of West Helena, AR; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Walk through visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Veasley Funeral Home.
Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021, 12:00pm at New Hope Baptist Church, 1232 Watkins St., Conway, Arkansas 72034.