Feb. 14, 1926-Jan. 21, 2020
Robert Lynn Graham was born in Lyon to Mary Ernestine Black Graham and Charlie Matt Graham.
He was welcomed by his parents and older sister, Charlsie Graham Hammond, and later he welcomed brothers, Thomas Eugene Graham and Ernest Matt Graham.
The family moved to Ethel when he was 6 months old.
Graham graduated from Ethel High School and briefly attended Holmes Junior College where he played quarterback on the football team before going off to war in the Navy.
Graham served in the Pacific Theater, driving a landing craft that contained soldiers and machinery to the beaches.
Following an honorable discharge, Graham went to work with his father at Moller and Vanderboom Lumber Co.
At that time, it had the largest lumber yard in central Mississippi. While working there, he met and married his wife, Bobbie Jean Ray, who was the daughter of William Galloway Ray and Lida Reynolds Ray of Kosciusko.
The Grahams were married May 16, 1948, and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary before Mrs. Graham passed in 2010. The couple had three children — Dr. Robert Lynn Graham Jr., of Plano, Texas; Dr. Charles Ray Graham and wife, Maria, of Huntsville, Ala.; and Linda Dana Lewis of Meadville.
In 1953, Graham went to work for Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. (now divided between Duke Energy and Spectra Energy), which, at that time, was the world’s largest natural gas pumping station in Kosciusko.
He worked there for 27 years before being transferred to Somerset, Ohio, as Station Superintendent for five years, and then on to the largest station on the line in Danville, Ky., as Station Chief for six years.
Graham had one more transfer — to the Stanford Station as Supervisory Officer before retiring to Meadville.
He enjoyed working as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop No. 44, and later as leader of the Explorer Scouts.
He was very active in the First Baptist Church of Kosciusko, and served as a deacon and taught Sunday School and Training Union.
He also coached Little League Baseball and was past Master of Masonic Lodge No. 378.
Graham passed away in his home — surrounded by his loving and supportive family — due to complications of kidney failure.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Charlie Matt Graham; his wife, Bobbie Jean, and her sister, Jolene; his oldest sister, Charlsie, and her husband, Robert; his younger brother, Ernest Matt, and his wife, Mary Frank; and his nephew, Jackie, and his mother, Johnnie.
Survivors include his brother, Tom Graham; a brother-in-law, Charles Braswell; three children; nine nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graham certainly lived a full life, was dearly loved by his family, was a loyal friend to many whose lives he touched through the years and was undeniably an ideal role model for innumerable young people.
Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko, and a graveside service followed at Parkway Cemetery officiated by Hospice Chaplain Rick Munn.
The family wishes to give special recognition to the dedicated, selfless and compassionate hospice staff who took such special care of our father —Karlee, Sheri, Virginia and Angela.
Also, the family asks, in lieu of flowers, that memorial dedications in Graham’s name be made to Hospice Ministries, 397 Brookhaven Street, Brookhaven, MS 39601.