Funeral services for Lt. Col. James Edwin Graham, U.S. Army Retired, were held on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Netherland Church of Christ with Bro. Mark Loftis officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington Virginia at a later date.
Mr. Graham passed from this life in the comfort of his home on Tuesday evening, January 19, 2016. He was born September 24, 1938 in Cumberland County Kentucky to the late James Hogan and Sue Young Bertram Graham. Jim joined the Army reserves at 17 and the regular Army as a corporal after high school. While attending Jungle Warfare School in Panama he coached the battle group basketball team to the Caribbean Command Championship. He attended Officers Candidate school and was commissioned 2nd Lt. on February 15, 1965. From May 1966 to May 1967 Jim was assigned to 2nd BN 12th Calvary. During his first combat tour in Vietnam he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and was promoted to Captain. From November 1968 to March 1969 he commanded Company C 2nd BN 12th Calvary. During his second combat tour in Vietnam he earned a second Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and was promoted to Major. He attended Park College in Parkville Missouri where he earned a MBS in Mathematics. He took the family on an overseas tour as a training advisor in Iran from 1974 to 1976. Jim attended the Command and General Staff college at Ft. Leavenworth, served as branch Chief of Operations Research Systems Analysis (ORSA) at Ft. Benning. After serving as Post Inspector General at Ft. Leavenworth Jim retired to pursue a career in real estate. He was a Broker/Owner of a real estate company in Kansas City. He served as past president of the Kansas City Board of Realtors, as well as the first president of the Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Kansas City.
In 2000 he retired again, and moved to Rickman, Tennessee where he joined, regularly attended and was baptized at Netherland Church of Christ.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Wanda Gay Fitzgerald Graham; brother Col. Steven Graham and wife Kathy; daughter, Teresa Luton; sons, Trent Graham and wife Marilou and Tory Graham; grandsons, Douglas Luton and wife Emily, Marcus Luton, Ryan Graham, Austin Graham and grand-daughter, Ashlee Luton; step grandsons, Christopher Thompson and wife Lindsey, Joey Baron, Jimbert Baron and Jeric Baron; stepgrand-daughter, Catherine Baron; great grandsons, Preston Thompson, Gabriel Luton and Corrin Luton; and many military and non military family and friends made over the years.
Flowers are welcome, however if you prefer you may make a donation in honor of James Graham to the Wounded Warrior Fund, The National Cancer Association, or the Netherland Church of Christ building fund.
Speck Funeral Home of Livingston, TN was in charge of the arrangements.