Gladys Josephine Dean Payne Graham

Mrs. Gladys Josephine Dean Payne Graham, age 91, of Mt. Airy, GA, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at her residence.

A daughter of the late Bert G. Dean and Dillie James Dean, she was born May 10, 1932, in Stephens County, GA, having lived for 30 years in Conyers, GA, before moving to Stephens County in 1992 and later to Habersham County. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She loved her church and loved reading the bible, loved shopping, and listening to gospel music. She was a volunteer with several organizations.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Payne, in 2002, one grandson, and twelve siblings.

Survivors include her husband of the home, Rev. Martin Graham; her children, Lynn Tarbush of Snellville, GA, Angie Barger of Cornelia, GA; Jodi Strong (Juan Rodriguez) of Columbia, TN; Rick Payne (Pat) of Rabun Gap; GA, Christi (Trent) Bohannon of Mt. Airy, GA and Nicki Bryson of Clarkesville, GA; along with 27 Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 1 o’clock p.m. in the Hillcrest Chapel of the Acree-Davis Funeral Home, with The Reverend Dennis Petty and The Reverend Chris Webb officiating. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Jimmy Dean, Tommy Herron, Hunter Bohannon, Tucker Bohannon, Tristan Strong, and Jace Payne.

The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at the Acree-Davis Funeral Home on Saturday from 11 o’clock a.m. until the service. Online condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Stephens County Gideons, P.O. Box 663, Toccoa, Georgia 30577, in memory of Mrs. Gladys Dean Payne Graham.

Interment will follow in the Stephens Memorial Gardens with The Reverend Andy Huff officiating.

Acree-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Graham.

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