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Born near Champion James Ross Graham entered his heavenly home on Friday, July 13, 2006, in Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.
Ross started his earthly walk near Champion. He was welcomed into the home of his parents, James Robert and Sadie Lowry Graham. His boyhood days were spent on the hills and valleys of eastern Douglas County learning to appreciate God’s creations. All his life he loved to walk the hills and watch the wildlife accompanied by his trusty dog.
On March 22, 1951, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Prim, in Black, Ala.
Ross entered the U.S. Army in June 1943 and served his country in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. He later served during the Korean War, as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Larry; two sisters, Bertha Carrol and Beulah Menne; and two brothers, Voytil Wheat and John Graham.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home; sons, James “Earl” Graham, of Mtn. Grove, Robert “Bob” Graham, Norwood, and Lee “Butch” Graham, Drury; two brothers, Stanley Graham, Seattle, Wash., and Doyle Graham, Arlington, Kan.; and a host of other friends and family.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 17, in the Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. Robert Bratt officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Home Cemetery at Drury.