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Major Johnny Ray McGraw Shreveport Police Department Retired

1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Major Johnny Ray McGraw Shreveport Police Department Retired Obituary
Major Johnny Ray McGraw, Shreveport Police Department, Retired

Shreveport, LA - Services for Johnny Ray McGraw 90, will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Rose-Neath Chapel 1815 Marshall St, Shreveport, LA. Officiating the service will be Rev. Larry Bass, Pastor of Richland Hills Baptist Church, followed by a Masonic Service by Cedar Grove Masonic Lodge #403. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery on Swan Lake Rd, Bossier City, LA, where he will be buried next to his wife Thelma L. Crow Hammons McGraw. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Johnny Ray McGraw was born in Shreveport, LA July 29, 1927, and lived all his life in Shreveport, he passed away after a short illness on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Cora E. Woodard McGraw and John Oliver McGraw, his brother John Boyd McGraw, his sister Ruby McGraw Bloxom, his wife Thelma L. Crow Hammons McGraw, and step-son, Edwin C. (Dinky) Hammond.

He is survived by two sons, John B. McGraw and wife Beulah Fay and Johnny Ray McGraw of Shreveport, his ex-wife Margo McGaha of Shreveport and step-son, Johnny Hammons and wife Nancy, whom he loved, of Bossier City and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Throughout his life he has been about serving his country as well as his community. He went to St. Andrew's-Sewanee School of Sewanee, Tennessee and after he returned to Shreveport he graduated from C. E. Byrd and from the ROTC. He then went active duty into the Army of the United States and was Honorably Discharged in 1947 as a Staff Sergeant. After serving his country he joined and served on the Shreveport Police Department for 24 years, retiring at the rank of Major in 1972. He brought honor to the Department as a Bullseye Shooter on the Department Pistol Team. He was the seventh Law Enforcement Officer in the nation to break the record of 2600. As the SPD firearms instructor he sent his expertise forward, teaching recruits how to shoot at the Police Academy. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Masonic Lodge #403 for 58 years. He was initiated into the Lodge on April 4, 1959 and rose to be a Master Mason December 29, 1959. Very unusual for anyone then as well now to rise so quickly.

Pallbearers will be those Police Officers he either hired or worked with Tom Brown, Bubba Ogden, Richard Mutter, D. E. Stevens, W. J. Greene and Don Rittenberry. Your service, assistance and support at Dad's funeral as a pallbearer means a great deal to us.

Our family would like to extend and our sincere thanks and gratitude to the amazing staff of University Health Center, Shreveport, the emergency room staff and the critical care doctors and nurses who gave such amazing care to our father, Johnny Ray McGraw. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of the Aime Hospice of Shreveport for their dedication and effort to provide quality care for our father over the last nine days. They were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family.

We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

So, it's time to say farewell to Johnny Ray McGraw, a Son, Soldier, Husband, Father, Police Officer, Friend and Citizen. All of these things made him the person we Love and won't forget and even though our lives won't be the same without him, our lives will still be full "OF" him.

Till We Meet Again….
Published in Shreveport Times on May 16, 2018
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