Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
January 29, 2014 10:44 am EST


WESTERVILLE — Jerry L. McGraw, 78, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at St Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was born July 2, 1935, in Ansted, W.V., to the late Fred and Beatrice (Niday) McGraw. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and a retired professional driver, driving a school bus, tour bus and semis over the road, and his most memorable experience was driving the Marshall University athletic bus. He was also a Baptist minister for 22 years having graduated from the Appalachian Bible College. Most recently he was a member of the Sunbury United Methodist Church.

Jerry was an excellent woodworker, and enjoyed restoring antique pedal cars and tractors. Jerry would enjoy a good game of golf, and liked watching the Marshall University Thundering Herd and the New Orleans Saints football. He enjoyed Reese’s Cups, fried chicken and Queen Anne milk chocolate covered cherries.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Brinkman Walker) McGraw and they were married July 30, 2005, in Centerburg; daughters, Vickie (James) Starcher of New Albany, Keri (Robert) Seabolt of Charleston, W.V., Kellie (Michael) Miller of St. Albans, W.V., Teresa (Michael) Lampl of New Albany, and Michele (Christopher) Lawrence of Newark; grandchildren, Tara (Vernon) Arias, Cody Starcher, Alexis McGraw, Savannah Seabolt, Kendall Miller, Kaylin and Joshua Lampl, Walker Lawrence, and Ethan Seabolt; and great-grandchildren, Tristan and Torren Arias.

Preceded in death by sister, Rosemary Ramsey.

Friends may call Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 E. Cherry St., Sunbury and services will follow at noon with Pastor Mike Mack officiating. Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery with Military Graveside Services by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Sunbury United Methodist Church or Mount Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State Street, Columbus, OH 43222-9988.

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