PONTOTOC – Oliver E. Graham, 94, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a member of In Good Faith Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, 119th Armored Division, as a heavy machine gunner. He fought in Tunisia, Sicily, Rome and North Africa. He received the following awards: Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal and Honorary Service Lapel Pin, Marksman Badge and Rifle Bar. He returned home in April 1945 to marry Margie Mask Graham He then continued his life as a farmer and security guard for Ms. Eaton and Brookwood, retiring after 29 years. He enjoyed spending his free time hunting with his kids and grandkids and riding his four-wheeler.
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Services will be at 3 p.m. today, March 16, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jackie Whitley will officiate. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margie Mask Graham; one son, Lamon Graham (Sheila) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Dianne McBrayer (Stanley) of Pontotoc and Wanda White (Freddie) of Guntown; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Velma Lee Hunter of Thaxton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Bailey Graham; one son, Gary Graham; seven brothers, A.N. Brack, Troy, Cliff, James, Fulton, John Henry and Dennis; and one sister, Viola.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Stephen McBrayer, Patrick McBrayer, Brian Weatherly and Lee Graham; Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley McBrayer, Johnny Graham and Coleman Moorman.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home
270 Coffee St.
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Mar. 16, 2014