Mr. Marvin Levi Graham, 72, of Ramona, died at 5:52 A.M. Wednesday March 6, 2013 at the Forrest Manor Nursing Home in Dewey.
Funeral Services for Mr. Graham will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday March 8, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Ramona, with Rev. Kevin Baker, pastor of the church, and Mr. Clay Booher, reading the Eulogy. Interment will be in the Ramona Cemetery at Ramona under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the
2448 E. 81st St. Suite 3000 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137
Mr. Graham was born on March 13, 1940 at Konawa, Oklahoma to Johnnie Edgar and Frankie Mae (Howard) Graham. He came to the west Tulsa area as a young boy and received his education in Tulsa public schools at Clinton Jr. High, and later Webster High School. Shortly after his schooling he met his wife to be Donna Thompson, when she worked at the TeePee Drive-In and Root Beer stand, and he would come by with his friends, singing and impersonating Elvis Presley. He was later married to Donna Thompson on October 11, 1957 at Oakridge Baptist Church in Tulsa. He was 17 and she was 16. They made their home in Tulsa for a few years, until moving to Ramona, Oklahoma in 1968. They later lived at Broken Arrow for a few years from 1972-1975, returning to Ramona in 1975 where they made their home the rest of their lives. Mr. Graham worked as a welder for several companies Smith Co Manufacturing, Yuba Heat & Transfer and the John Zink/Koch Industries where he worked from 1978 until he retired in July of 2000. His hobbies were golf, Hot-Rod Cars- he built a 1949 Plymouth, racing cars at Kieffer and Tulsa on dirt tracks, he also enjoyed hunting, and family reunions; as he was the person in the family that kept the reunions together each year, as a promise to his mother. Family was the most important part of his life. He was also an active member of First Baptist Church of Ramona, where he had played the Mandolin, and the Bass guitar in the church group.
Mr. Graham is survived by his wife Donna(Thompson)Graham of the home in Ramona, by four daughters and their husbands; Dotty and John Ator of Ramona, Jerry and Clay Booher, of Bartlesville, Dena and Mark Wray of Beebe Arkansas, and Dawna and David Fox, of McCurtain, Oklahoma , by one sister, Mrs. Janet Sue Tolbert of Hannah, Oklahoma by 16 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a son Marvin Dean "Deannie" Graham in 1962, and by one granddaughter Jane Ann "Janie" Foster- in 1984, and by five brothers; Charles, Jim, Bobby, Billy, and Johnny Graham.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.