Jean Barbara (Graves) Tookes

December 16, 1932 ~ April 16, 2022 (age 89)


Jean G. Tookes

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11 AM at Liberty Baptist Church 395 Chamberlain Street SE Atlanta Rev. Dr. Zeddie D. Scott, Pastor, Officiating. Interment Southview Cemetery. Viewing will be held Friday, April 22, 2022 from 1 - 5 PM in the chapel. The family asks that vaccinated/boosted members of the community attend ONLY. MASKS are required for entrance to the church.

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Jean Barbara Graves was born in Atlanta, GA December 16, 1932 to Louis and Mattie Graves. She was educated in the Public Schools of Atlanta, graduating from David T. Howard High School in 1950. Jean was voted to be Miss David T. Howard.  She joined Liberty Baptist Church as a young girl when Rev. B. L. Davis was Pastor and dedicated her life to Christ. Her aunt, Madeline Graves was a member and teacher in the Sunday school. 

She did her college training in Secondary Education at Alabama State College graduating in 1955. It was at Alabama State that she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Before leaving for college she met the love of her life, C. J. Tookes. They dated and became engaged while in college.  When she graduated from college, her parents gave her hand over to her fiancé’ in marriage. On August 24, 1955, she was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life, C.J. Tookes. God blessed this union with the two sons, Darryl and Quintin. Darryl was born in 1960 and Quintin was born in 1963.

She and C.J. moved into their new home during her final year of college. In the fall of 1955, she began working as a teacher in the Atlanta Public School System. She eventually trained to teach hard of hearing students. She retired in 1981 from the Atlanta Public School System.

She was a supportive wife and mother. C.J. and Jean were married 61 years until his death in 2016. They remained living in the same house C.J. took her over the threshold in until he transitioned. She spent her remaining years at the residences of her sons.

Jean’s most prized achievement was her marriage to C.J. for 61 years, and the loving family they built together as a team. They successfully raised their two sons in a loving and supportive Christian home. Her family was always her top priority. She was committed to helping her sons to become the well-rounded, secure and responsible men they are today. She taught her sons the value of prayer.

In addition to being a loving wife and devoted mother, Jean was also a woman committed to her faith and bringing others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jean played the piano and at one time she was the pianist for one of the church’s choirs.

Jean along with her husband, C. J., devoted time to expose their sons to different experiences with family travel. She was an invaluable role model to her sons and others. Her two grandchildren, Quintin II and Alexandria, were also her pride and joy.

Jean always demonstrated a kind and elegant demeanor. She treated everyone the same with a humble and kind spirit. She will be remembered for her kindness, unwavering faith, and the love she exhibited to everyone. She was a gracious lady, respected and admired by many for her warmth and compassion.

Sunset arrived for Jean Barbara Graves Tookes,  Saturday morning on April 16, 2022. God came and told her, “Thy faithful servant, come home and rest.” She leaves to cherish her memory, two children, Darryl (Venus), Quintin (Leslie); one brother-in-law, Albert Tookes; two cherished grandchildren, Quintin II and Alexandria; one step grandchild, Peter Hayes; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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April 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Liberty Baptist Church (Chamberlain Street SE Atlanta)

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