Mattie Lou Ham passed away, Saturday, Oct. 6 at her home in Graceville, Florida. She was 88. Mrs. Ham was born in Jackson County, Florida on Mar. 18, 1919 to John Wesley and Mattie Osia Bruner Cooley, the eleventh of twelve children. She was educated in the schools of Jackson County and a member of the Damascus Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at Damascus Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Oswalt and Rev. Chester Padgett officiating. Internment will follow in church cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville directing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home, today, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or those wishing may make memorial contributions to Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 5083 Hwy. 77 Graceville, FL 32440 or Hospice of the Emerald Coast 4374 Lafayette St. Marianna, FL 32446. She was preceded in death by, her husband, James Horace Ham, her parents and five brothers: Gus Cooley, David Cooley, George Cooley, Ernest Cooley, John Wesley Cooley, Jr. (Dock) and six sisters, Litha Sheffield, Margie White, Callie Shiver, Eunice Callaway, Martha Doris Hicks(Snooks) and Sarah Crutchfield. Surviving are two daughters: Margaret Ann Hughes and husband Jimmy of Lynn Haven; Barbara Hinson and husband Hubert of Graceville; four grandchildren, Regina Battles and husband Terry of Graceville; Keith Hinson of Graceville; Allison Brooks and husband Keith of Crestview, Stefanie Hughes of Pensacola, three great granddaughters, Hadley Battles, Shelby Battles and Katherine Battles. James and Lipford Funeral Home, (850) 263-3238, is in charge of arrangements.
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