LaGrange Daily News, Obituaries, April 12th, 1993
Moses Grier died peacefully in his sleep at The Colored People’s Old Folks Home in LaGrange, Georgia, on Friday, 09 April 1993. Moses was born in 1907 to a poor sharecropper on the same farm in Walton County, Georgia, that his grandpappy had been born a slave on. Moses, like his father before him, considered himself fortunate to be born a free man. A member of Union Baptist Church in Whitesville, GA, Moses will be laid to rest next to his late wife, Eula Mae Grier, Tuesday, 2:00 PM, 13 April 1993, in a graveside service at the Church.
Moses served as caretaker to the Handley Estate, also in Whitesville, GA, and home of the late Dr. David G. Handley. A longtime resident of Atlanta, GA, Moses is survived by a daughter, Althea, whereabouts unknown, who left home at the young age of sixteen years to seek fame and fortune. God may have had other plans for this fair child of His. Moses was most proud to have lived to see his son, Nathan, become a medical doctor, and supported his family to the best of his abilities.
A double amputee at 86 y.o., Moses was clutching a carved wooden cross when he died, and had the Lord’s mercy to die in his sleep after a long battle with diabetes. As is customary, a red “American Beauty” rose bush will be planted in a brief Memorial Service at Frank Cox Union Street School Park on Hwy #27 in LaGrange, by the Nurses of The Colored People’s Old Folks Home, this afternoon at 3:00 PM. All are invited to attend.
Shameless self promotion: You can read more about Moses and his family in the faction novel, “Red Clay and Roses” by S. K. Nicholls