Robert Jefferson McGraw, 76, of St. Clair, Mo., died on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
Services were held on Saturday at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, with the Revs. John Dover and Chauncey Clay officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Green Mound Cemetery, St. Clair, Mo. Memorials: Friendship Baptist Church in St. Clair.
Mr. McGraw was born on March 11, 1932, in St. Clair, the son of Floyd and Beulah Hayter McGraw. He married early in life and they had two children; he married Virginia Lorraine Wilson Fiscus on March 16, 1991.
He was employed by Eggemeyer Bus Lines as a driver, retiring after 25 years. He had many hobbies and interests, and raising and selling cattle, baling hay and being an auctioneer took up a lot of his time. He also found pleasure in reading, and loved spending time with his family. He was a Christian and attended Friendship Baptist Church in St. Clair, Mo. He served in the Army during the Korean War, entering the service on March 21, 1952, and receiving his honorable discharge on Feb. 20, 1954. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2482 in St. Clair, Mo.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Lois and her husband Kenny Sibert of Lebanon, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Debbie McGraw of Huntington Beach, Calif.; stepdaughters, Christina and her husband David Harrison of Vandalia, and Cynthia and her husband Dean Rhodes of Lonedell, Mo.; sister, Katherine Ellison of Quincy; in-laws, Arthur Wagner of Union, Mo., Pat and her husband Paul Espy of Cerro Gordo, and Walt Wilson and his wife Barbara of Kinmundy; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-stepgrandchild; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Paul McGraw; and sister, Margaret Wagner.