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Mayme Factory Graves
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1928
McAlester
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 2008
McAlester
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA

Early Sunday morning, June 29, 2008, God called home one of his angels, Mayme Factory Graves, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Mayme was born October 11, 1928 in McAlester, Oklahoma the fourth of eight children and first daughter of Oscar and Reba Factory; a family with African American and Native American lineage. Her father was a farmer and an entrepreneur, who established Factory's Bar-B-Q Restaurant, which was widely recognized as one of the best in Oklahoma. Mayme's paternal grandfather, Neely Factory, was a trailblazer and an authentic Black cowboy, becoming one of the first African Americans to be appointed an U.S. Deputy Marshall in the early 1900's by President William Taft. After graduating from McAlester's Toussaint L'Ouverture High School, Mayme matriculated at historically black, Langston College (now University) in Oklahoma, where one of her teachers was the brilliant Melvin B. Tolson, whose tremendous contributions were recently chronicled in the film, "The Great Debaters". It was at Langston, where Mayme had two life changing experiences. She met and married Clifton E. Graves, an administrator at the college and she also befriended Edwin and Maye Edmonds, a friendship that lasted nearly 60 years. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Clifton, Jr., the young Graves family relocated to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Clif Sr.'s hometown. There, in between giving birth to Cathy, Donna and Eddie, Mayme resumed her professional career as a teacher and guidance counselor in the public school system. Winston-Salem was also where Mayme become socially active with memberships in organizations such as the Links, Inc., Jack & Jill, Inc., local Bridge and Pinochle clubs and a faithful member of the Middlefork Christian Church. She was also involved in Voter's Registration efforts with the NAACP of Winston-Salem during the turbulent 1960's. In 1968, at the behest of close friend, Reverend Edmonds, then pastor of the New Haven's Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ, the Graves family relocated to Connecticut to pursue professional opportunities. Here, Mayme became a fixture in the New Haven Public Schools, teaching 3rd grade at Welch Annex and Truman for over 30 years. She furthered her education by pursuing her 6th year certificate from Southern Connecticut State University. Though not a "social activist" per se, Mayme was socially active as evidence by her 35 year involvement with the Links, Inc. and various organizations/committees within the Dixwell Church community, notably the Usher Board and Women's Fellowship. Besides her devotion to her family and friends, Mayme's great passion was bargain shopping. Indeed, she became so adept at negotiating and perfecting the art of the deal, that those close to her dubbed her the "Queen of Consignment Shops and Tag Sales". She's also remembered as always being stylish and classy, yet remaining down to earth. Mayme was a loving Mama to her children; a doting "Grand Mayme" to her grandchildren; a devoted spouse to her late husband; a dedicated sister, aunt and cousin to her family. To others, she was Aunt Mayme or Ms. Mayme to the Dixwell Church community, to new teachers, to anyone relocating from the South, to all childhood/college friends of her children and to the children of her friends. Her heart and home were always open. Mayme was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband and four brothers Cecil, John, Luther and Clarence.

Homegoing services were held on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at the Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ, 217 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven. The funeral service in McAlester, OK will be held, 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at Chaney's Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at North Town Cemetery, McAlester, OK. Arrangements are entrusted to Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home, McAlester, Oklahoma. 
 
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 Parents:
  Oscar E Factory (1892 - 1972)
  Reba K Johnson Factory (1900 - 1972)
 
 Siblings:
  Baby Boy Factory (____ - 1926)**
  Baby Boy Factory (____ - 1926)*
  Cecil J Factory (1915 - 1988)*
  Luther Factory (1921 - 1992)**
  Luther Leo Factory (1921 - 1992)*
  Mayme Factory Graves (1928 - 2008)
  Clarence O Factory (1932 - 1979)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
North McAlester Cemetery
McAlester
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Jul 04, 2008
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