Joyce Hairston Graham


Joyce Hairston Graham peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday evening, June 29th  2022 at the Otterbein Senior Living in Gahanna, Ohio. A special thank you to Brooksdales Senior Living and all their staff for their “Tender Loving Care” over the years. She was a lifelong resident of Columbus Ohio where she was born to the late William P. Hairston Sr. and Ella Bell Little-Hairston on February 17th, 1937. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Phillip Lee Graham of Columbus Ohio and by five brothers and three sisters: William P. Hairston II, Norman L. Hairston (Marilyn Hairston), Kenneth Hairston (Ruth Hairston) all of Gary, IN, Raymond Hairston (Lillie Hairston) and Ricky Hairston (Beverly Hairston), Lillian Shaw, Janet Carreker (Leonard Carreker), Nancy Burkes (Vincent Burkes) all of Columbus Ohio.

Joyce (aka Momma Joyce) leaves to cherish her memories and will be sadly missed by her 4 children: Judy Ann Graham-Blount (Bruce Blount), Joseph Graham (Pamela Graham), Clarence Bowles and Joi Graham (Terrell Scott), all of Columbus Ohio. Her sisters; Audrey Hairston, Sandra Hairston all of Columbus Ohio and Patty Lusk of Virginia and sister-n-law Joanne Lee of Las Vegas, Nevada, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and longtime friends.

Joyce will be missed for her straightforwardness and her loving softhearted personality. She dearly loved to travel, play bingo, and to read her daily word. Joyce attended East High School and was a member of the Royal Star Chapter 14 International Masons and Order of the Eastern Stars of Columbus Ohio, she was also a founding member of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church of Columbus Ohio and a longtime member of Macedonia Baptist Church as a pastor’s service aide, she was also recognized for her 21 years’ of service from Franklin County Children Services providing foster care to many children and finally she retired from the City of Columbus after 18 years of service as a Home Health Aide.

The family will receive friends at Temple of Faith Church of God in Christ, located at 1441 Brentnell Ave, Columbus, OH 43219., Friday, July 8th 10a.m. until time of the service at 11a.m. Bishop Roger J. Hairston, Sr. officiating and Bishop Norman J. Hairston as Eulogizing Minister.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Steve R Butler

    To my dearest beloved Graham family my heart is heavy in the loss of Mother G God is able haven’ recently gone through this I Know our Heavenly Father will keep you all ,just lean on him and trust him Much Love Stevie Butler on Brookcliff Ave ♥️

  2. To the Graham family, so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you and the family during this time.

    • Sending my condolences to the family of Joyce Hairston Grahm, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. Gregory L Edmonds

    On behalf of the Ohio Memorial Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, we offer our sincere condolences to the Graham family over the loss of mother Joyce Graham. May she rest in God’s care and may He comfort you in knowing she has gone from labor to reward.
    With Sympathy,
    Gregory L. Edmonds, President

  4. Edward Morast

    May it comfort you. To know that death cannot diminish. The important ways your mother. Touch your life. Blessed. Are they That morn: For they Shell be comforted? Matthew: 5:4

  5. Brenda Thomas

    My sincere condolences to family and friends for the loss of your Momma Joyce
    Grandma’s are one special Jewel

  6. Kelley Burkes

    I will miss you aunt joyce I remember growing up and seeing you at grandma Nancy’s with Aunt Saundra and aunt Audrey Hairston!! We have lost a lot this last couple years and I will miss your sweet karing loving attitude.

  7. Kenny hamilton

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May the sweet memories of your mom provide you cover in the days before you. Be comforted that you choose the best mom you could imagine.
    And now she can rest peacefully knowing that you all made her proud.

  8. Dorothy Black

    Thinking of you asking God, to surround you and your family with his perfect and love.

  9. Brenda Brooks

    Sending my condolences to the Graham family. Joyce will be really missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family. Jehovah promises that the dead will live again. (Isaiah 26:19) They will be brought back to life. That is the hope of the resurrection.

    Love Brenda Brooks

  10. Judy Taite (Mayo)

    My sincere condolences to you Judy on the loss of your sweet mom. Hugs of comfort to you and your family.

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