Bernice Graham – 1935-2022

Bernice Graham – 1935-2022

Bernice Marie Kolen Graham 86, of Little Rock, Ark., passed at home peacefully on January 16, 2022. She was born on January 21, 1935 in Warren, Ark. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rita Belcher and Peterson Kolen.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John R. Graham Sr.; and children, Julius (Helen), John (Laura), Gloria Graham Whale (George), and Milton (Jackie); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; siblings, sisters, Eddie Mae Ellis, Robbin Bailey (Bruce), Marian Sargent (John); special niece, Pamela Ellis; nephews, nieces, cousins, and family friends.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church Little Rock, Ark. Visitation will be 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock. Masks are required. Social spacing is observed.

Viewing will be at First Baptist Church, 2015 Main Street, North Little Rock, Ark. January 22, 2022, 10-11 a.m. Homegoing service follows this viewing. Live streaming will be available on and

Interment will be at the Arkansas State Veterans’ Cemetery, North Little Rock, January 25,2022 at 10:00 a.m. The family requests masks be worn.

6 thoughts on “Bernice Graham – 1935-2022”

  • New International Version
    Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
    yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God’s peace surround in this season of grief

  • To my Graham family cousins and Arkansas family, I am so sorry to hear of Cousin Bernice’s transition. My wife, Traci, and I offer our deepest sympathy and pray that you will be strengthened in the days to come. May you take comfort that Bernice “is” a child of God Most High and that she is eternally secure with our Lord.
    Blessings and with love, Cousin Terry (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Prayers for strength and comfort to the Graham, Ellis and Belcher Families in the loss of our loved Bernice. She was indeed a gem and we have been blessed to cross path with her in this life’s journey. She will be missed but not forgotten.❤️ Sending hugs and love from cousins: Linda Kay. Marks, John Marks, Charles Edward Marks Raymond Marks and your alas Vegas Families ??????

  • Rest in Heavenly peace Aunt Bernice. Continue to be encouraged and uplifted family as God continue to strengthen all. Love you

  • Our condolences to the family and friends. We will miss our neighbor (24 years) smiles and priceless conversations.
    RIP Mrs. Graham ❤️??

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