Eli Graham

Graham, Eli Hoyle Eli Hoyle Graham died Monday morning, February 17, 2014. Hoyle was born on February 23, 1917, in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was from a military family that moved from Hawaii to Sewanee, Tennessee, to St. Joe, Missouri and finally to San Antonio, Texas. Hoyle graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1935, and was then awarded a football scholarship to SMU. There, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, Editor of the Rotunda, and graduated with honors 1939. Hoyle married Elsie Paul, had two children, and lived in Highland Park. In 1941, he joined the United States Army and became Commander of the only flame throwing tanks division in Okinawa during World War II. After the war, he settled in Paris, Texas and became a rancher. He was proud to be named Conservationist of the Year. He later moved his family back to Highland Park and traded his ranch for his first real estate development project, and continued developing properties in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1973, his wife died, and Hoyle spent time traveling throughout Europe. He then moved back to Paris, Texas, bought another ranch, and raised thoroughbred racehorses. He later moved to Harlingen, Texas where he met "Bunnie" Louise Martin Washmon. They were married in 1992, lived in San Antonio, and then moved to Dallas in 2000. While long time member of the Dallas Country Club, Hoyle was also passionate about family, good health, exercise, and reading. He loved the sun and spent many winters in Hawaii, Bermuda, and Key West. His secret to longevity was Hershey's Chocolate each day! He is survived by his wife Bunnie Graham, her daughter Charlotte Savage (husband Todd) and grandsons Garrett and Tucker. He is survived by his son, Steven Paul Graham, (wife Pamela), and grandson Weston. Hoyle is preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Graham Hodges. He is survived by his son-in-law Hampton Hodges, and four granddaughters: Elizabeth Hodges Watson, (husband Wayne), and two great grandsons, Graham and James; Elsie Hodges Gordon, (husband David), and great grandsons, Jake and Max; Holly Hodges Howe, (husband Craig), and great grandson Taylor and great granddaughter Hayden; Harolyn Hodges and great granddaughter Alexandria. Hoyle is also survived by his niece-daughter Madeleine Moreau Wright, (husband Chip), and many other loving nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be at 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas 75225. Memorials may be made the . Online condolences can be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest.com.


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Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 363-5401

Published in Dallas Morning News from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014