Bernice Meekins McGraw

September 28, 1942 - May 11, 2024

09/28/1942 - 05/11/2024

Past Services

Monday May 13, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Tuesday May 14, 2024
2:00 pm
Mercy Church
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Tuesday May 14, 2024
2:45 pm
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

WINTON, NC – Mrs. Bernice Meekins McGraw, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and cherished member of the community, passed away peacefully at the age of 81 on May 11, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Dare County, North Carolina, on September 28, 1942.

Throughout her life, Bernice found joy in various interests, including her love for reading and writing, playing the piano with grace, displaying a beautiful voice, cherishing her family above all else, teaching children with passion, volunteering at Bearfield Primary School, and delighting in cooking while maintaining a clean home where all felt welcomed. Mrs. Bernice will be fondly remembered for her kindness, warmth, and unwavering devotion to family and faith. Her legacy of love and service will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and adored her.

She was a devoted member of Mercy Church from its inception, finding solace and spiritual fulfillment in her faith. Bernice is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Cassie Morgan Meekins, her father, Edison Hooper Meekins, a daughter, Evelyn Dean McGraw, her brothers Wilford Meekins and Ed Meekins, and her sisters Elma Dean Jarrett, Margaret Barnette, Bonnie Meekins, and Arlene Smith.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Earl; her children, Earl McGraw, Jr. of Ahoskie, Steve McGraw of Winton, Suzanne Williams and husband Brent of Winton, and Toni Adkins and husband Will of Cary; her grandsons, Brandon Williams and wife Tracy, and Braxton Williams of Winton; great-grandson Barrett Williams; and numerous extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 13, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, and other times at the family home. A funeral service to honor and celebrate Bernice’s life will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Mercy Church, Ahoskie, NC, with Pastor Faircloth, Sr., and Pastor Faircloth, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Church, PO Box 923, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or online by clicking here

The caring staff at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is assisting the McGraw family with arrangements, and condolences can be left for the family at

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Debi Meekins Beals
4 days ago

Dearest Uncle Earl and cousins- my deepest condolences for your loss. I will miss our talks with that cheerful voice of hers. She was always upbeat and positive even when she was sick. She was a great woman of Faith and prayer. We have great memories when living in Ahoskie for a few years. I can see her now sitting up straight and tall while playing the piano at church. She loved children and was very active in Vacation Bible School. Aunt Berniece loved to play games with her family and was a great cook! She is now rejoicing with her Lord and Saviour and family members that went before her. She will be greatly missed.

Martha Leyda
4 days ago

To the the family, if I had known I’d would came. I didn’t find out until it was to late. My prayers are with you. Losing a parent can be hard. To Toni, I know it’s been awhile, but you were always my childhood best friend and I loved your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Vicki Brown Collier
10 days ago

To the McGraw Family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences. My heart hurts along with yours. Sister Bernice was a friend and spiritual guider to me. I know all of you will miss her but please rest in the blessed assurance that you will see one another again.
Vicki Brown Collier

11 days ago

Brother Earl and family, my prayers are with you. We love you! RickyByrum Family