Tolliver Temple Memorial Church of God in Christ
Mother Gerevia Jean Mathis:
Our dear precious mother went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend and will be missed dearly by us all. She leaves to cherish her memories - her three children: Porter David Mathis III (Denise), La Tonya Jean Mathis (George) and Steadman A. Mathis; grandchildren Steadman Mathis, Jr., Melnar Mathis, Janet Mathis, Vashti Breland, Jahleel Breland, John Breland, Avram Green, Aaron Green, Destiny Green, Aqueelah Wert of Las Vegas and Carlos Emjay of Salt Lake City, UT; her sister Ruby Williams of Fort Worth, TX, a brother and sister-in-law Eugene & Gloria Lockett of Atlanta, GA, nephews Bishop Kevin Bishop (Jacqueline) and Frank Helton both of San Antonio, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mother Caroline C. Morgan was born on December 20, 1925 in Rayville, Louisiana to the late Clarence Calloway and Sennie White. Caroline met and married Delaware Morgan, Jr. in 1943. They would soon relocate to the State of Washington. They were blessed with 5 children: 4 daughters, Betty Jean, Gloria Dean, Odessa Marie and Mattie Bee and son Gregory Dello.
Mother Morgan was a faithful member of Tolliver Temple Church of God in Christ. Mother Morgan departed this earthly home for her eternal rest on Monday evening, January 27, 2014. Caroline is preceded in death by both parents, 1 sister; her husband of 48 years, Delaware, daughters: Betty Jean and Gloria Dean and son Gregory Dello Sr., Granddaughter: Sharmalynn Yvette Wallace.
Mother Morgan leaves to cherish her precious memory: 2 loving daughters, Odessa Smith, Mattie Jefferson (Travis); 15 grandchildren, Monty Strothers, Lloyd Smith Jr., Min. Eric Daniels, Davon Ball and Dennis Ball Jr., Charles Strothers III, Caroline Nicole and David Strothers, Kelly Ray and Shamone Jefferson, Esther Wallace, Antonio, Brandi, Gregory Jr., and Montez Morgan, numerous Great-Grand and Great-great grandchildren; nieces, Denise, Marie and Qiana Butler, Seattle, Washington.
Mary Lee Grisley, (Monroe, LA); nephew, Samuel Burton, (Monroe, LA); cousins, The Humphrey’s, Calloway’s, Crawford’s, Wintson’s Harris, Pott’s and Cherry families and other extended family and friends throughtout the United States who will truly miss her.
Mother Caroline C. Morgan
Sister Debera Ann Ruffin:
Debera Ann Ruffin was born on May 27, 1953 in Seattle, Washington to Thomas Henry Ruffin, and Orean Cooper Ruffin. She was the fifth of seven children.
She attended Harrison elementary, and Meany Junior High, then graduated from Garfield High School in 1971. She was well known throughout the Seattle area as a singer, and was a member of the Choraleers at Garfield high school. Later she would travel the region as a member of various gospel singing groups, and choirs.
Debera was a deeply spiritual woman. She began her Christian experience as a child, attending Tolliver Temple C.O.G.I.C. as a child, with her mother and siblings. She accepted Christ as a young person, and although she lived all over this great country, she returned once again to Seattle, and her original church home, and family of worshipers.
She went on to attend the University of Washington, then to study electronics at Griffin Institute, something that was extremely rare in those days. That led to a 30 year career at Xerox, where she was one of a handful of women in a highly technical field. Debera was a painter, a real estate agent, a legendary cook, and a published author. Her Children’s book “Rejoice Evermore” is a delight to read.
Debera was lost to us on November 13, 2012.
She was preceded by her parents; sister Margaret, and brothers James Ruffin and Jerry Ruffin. She is survived by her daughter, DeYonda Lee; grandchildren Amaya, Austin, and Nariah; a brother, Charles Ruffin, and two sisters Tommie Ruffin, and Diana Ruffin.
She is loved, and will be missed by an army of relatives; those born to her and a host of family that she created along the way.
Debera, you will live forever in our memories and our hearts.
Elder Leroy C. Jones
Sunrise: April 7, 1958
Sunset: December 1,2013
Leroy was a true servant of God. As an ordained elder, superintendent, and outstanding musician he faithfully served his wife, family, church and community. He was always willing to go above and beyond for anyone.
He never complained and was a real man of peace. Even in the midst of his sickness he remained positive and loved to laugh. He was a true man of his word. Leroy Chester (Butch or Jonezy)Jones, age 55, of Seattle, Washington, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2013 with his family by his side.
He had bravely confronted and fought cancer. He was born April 7, 1958 in Seattle, Washington, to Deacon LC Jones and his late mother Evangelist Dorthy Mae Byrd Jones. Leroy enjoyed reading, studying and discussing his Bible, or as he would say "The Word."
He played multiple instruments; the organ, keyboard, piano, and guitar for 40+ years. You could hear him filling the walls of Tolliver Temple with the sound of music every Sunday, faithfully. Leroy was a good businessman and entrepreneur. He started his company "Leroy's Floor Care and Maintenance", which has been successfully running for over seven years.
He provided numerous services to many people; a mechanic, and carpenter were just a few areas of his expertise. He was considered a "jack of all trades", the type of man that could do anything. He did not believe in quitting a job or giving up on anything. He loved telling jokes, riding his motorcycle and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Leroy is survived by his loving wife Eula Jones, parents LC Jones and Evelyn Jones, sister Darlene Jones, brother Charles Jones, Daughters Sheena Amelia Savoy, Akisha Jones, and Shakinah Jones. Sons Marcelle Jones, Leroy Chester Jones Jr, James Jones and Joelsiah Jones.
Also by his Stepdaughters Angel Tate, Kendra Tate, Jamie Black, and Sheree Brown. Stepsons Felton Tate Jr., and Caleb Tate and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Leroy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, and friend to all. He was preceded in death by his mother Evangelist Dorthy Mae Byrd Jones; one brother Steven Jones; and one son Elginn Raymar Jones. Page Created By: Grandson Kyle (Kj) Morrison Jr.
.Mother Mary Frances McGraw:
December 25, 1917 ~ October 1, 2008 Called from labor to reward at the age of 90. She leaves to celebrate her life, sons: William C. McGraw, Jr. (Carol), Richard L. McGraw, Sr. (Nakia); daughters: Patricia J. Pollard (Albert), Sharon R. Dixon; daughters-in-law: Jeanne and Phyllis McGraw; 20 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson, a host of cousins and friends. Preceding her in death are her beloved husband William C. McGraw, Sr., and 2 sons, Superintendent Ronelle J. McGraw, Sr., and Michael V. McGraw, Sr.