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Bobby Grafton

Bobby Ray Grafton

Minden, LA Bobby Ray Grafton of Minden passed away peacefully at home on Sunday morning, May 26, 2013. He was born in Bernice, LA on August 4, 1931 to Grace and Jim W. Grafton.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he joined the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development where he served for 31 years and retired in 1984.

Bobby was an active member of First Baptist Church of Minden where he served the Lord in many areas. He enjoyed singing in the Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of Praise. He was a life deacon and served on various committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Rheba Gayle Grafton, and a brother, James E. Grafton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patsy Thurmon Grafton; a daughter Pamela Grafton Gilbert and husband Huies of Tulsa, OK; and a son Phillip Eric Grafton and wife Kayla of Minden. He was the proud grandfather of Cheryl Gilbert Manning and husband Jay of Shawnee, KS; David Grafton Gilbert and wife Ashley of West Monroe, LA; and Nathan Eric Grafton and Emily Ann Grafton of Minden, LA. He is also survived by four great-grandsons, Hudson, Hayes, and Harrison Manning and Jack Gilbert.

Bobby is also survived by four sisters: Geraldine Tunney of Baltimore, MD; Valerie Shelton and husband Kenneth of Dubberly; Patsy Holdman and husband John of Bernice; and Therez Kelley and husband Van of Minden; and a brother Lloyd Grafton and wife Frances of Ruston, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Minden on Wednesday, May 29th at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be at the church before the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Booth, Andy Gilbert, Mike Holomon, Mike Jackson, Graydon Kitchens, Steve Lee, and Jerry Lott. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church Minden.

The family wishes to thank St. Joseph Hospice for its kind and loving care in Bobby's final days.

Memorials may be made to Minden First Baptist Music Ministry, Gideons International, St. Jude or the Donor's Choice.

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Published in Shreveport Times on May 28, 2013
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