SYDNEY TROY GRAFTON

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Funeral services for Sydney Troy Grafton, 87, of Bernice, LA, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Bernice, LA. Rev. Mike Smith will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA.
Mr. Grafton was born in Bernice, LA, on October 17, 1922, and died on September 5, 2010, in Bernice, LA. From May 1944 to January 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Auburn. In between the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the communications crew with whom Mr. Grafton served helped to develop the famous picture of Marines hoisting the American flag over Iwo Jima.
After retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Grafton moved from Lake Charles, LA, back home to Bernice, LA, where he enjoyed many years gardening and deer hunting. During retirement, he worked for a time as an electronics consultant to Lockheed Aircraft in Saudi Arabia. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanie Grafton; great grandson, Elijah Trace Welch; step-son, Ralph Reeves; and five siblings.
Survivors include his son, Benjamin Troy Grafton; daughters, Katherine Grafton Conner and husband Grady; Joyce Grafton Welch; step-son, Michael G. Reeves and wife Holly; seven grandchildren, Lauren Conner Ellis and husband Ashton, Michael Conner, David Welch, Robby Welch, Leslie Reeves and husband Marcelino Navarro, Sarah Babcock and husband Jason, Lee Reeves; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TX 38105-1942.
Pallbearers will be David Welch, Robby Welch, Michael Conner, Doug Cooper, Darren Cooper, and Matthew Grafton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Horace Farrar and Buddy Owens.
Family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors and staff at Tri Ward Hospital and Clinic.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 7, 2010, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Bernice, LA, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at:
www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
Ruston, LA.

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Kilpatrick Funeral Home
209 North Bonner Street Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 255-2832
Funeral Home Details
Published in The News Star on Sept. 7, 2010
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