James r. Graham, Sr.

James Graham

James R. Graham, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. He was 83.

He was born on  Feb. 12, 1936, in Chattanooga, TN, to Albert and Clara Graham.

James was one of eight children, Elizabeth Graham, Geraldine (Jo) Pace, Jesse (Bud) Graham, Martha Graham, James (Jim) Graham, Florence Graham, Ruby (Joyce) Steidel, and Phillip (Harold) Graham.

James grew up in the Portageville area.  After his tour of duty with the US Army in Korea, he moved to California where he met Carol Beth Gibson (Armstrong).  When he asked her to be his wife, he also took her three boys and two girls as his own.  Within a few short years of their marriage in June of 1962, four more boys had been added to the family. Carol preceded him in death in April 2002.

James is survived by eight of his nine children, Len Gibson, Louie Gibson, Lyle Gibson, Jeannie Wilkerson, Ronnie Graham,  Jr., Mike Graham, Paul Graham and Robbie Graham. James’ legacy also continues in his 16 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. from Bryson Funeral Home with Pastor Jody Burkeen officiating.  Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. and last until service time.

Interment will be in the Arcadia Valley Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brysonfuneralhome.com.