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William Joseph Graham Jr.

December 22, 1946February 10, 2021

Dr. William Joseph Graham, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, February 10 2021, at the age of 74. William affectionately known as “Jay” had a love for many hobbies. He loved to cook, fish, and spend time with his family. Jay was a faithful member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church for 45 years. He attend Notre Dame and later Tulane Medical School where he earned his Doctorate in Medicine specializing in Pediatrics. Jay worked and retired from Earl K. Long after 30 years of service. He loved to travel, some of his favorite places to visits were Ireland, Italy, and San Francisco. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen Cado Graham; daughter, Melissa Graham Moreau (Justin); brother, William Christopher Graham; sister, Peggy Champagne; brothers, Thomas and Robert Graham; grandchildren, Van and Olivia Moreau and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Faught and William Joseph Graham, Sr. Family and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church beginning at 11:00 am. The inurnment will immediately follow at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Oschner Hospital and Home Health, the staff at Davita Dialysis Clinic, and Davita’s PD Clinic on Essen Lane for their compassion and care. Central Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 225-236-0800


  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


William Joseph Graham Jr.

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March 1, 2021

I was deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Graham's passing. I worked at Earl K. Long in the nursery and then with Karen at Greenwell Springs Hospital. My prayers are with you all - for comfort during this time of loss. I pray God be with you.

Debra LeMay

Joanne Brandon

February 17, 2021

I worked at EKL Hospital 33 years at the tme Dr. Graham was a pediatrician. I have admired the dedication and love he had for his patients. God brings special people into your life at a time you really are in need . I will be forever thankful for what Dr Graham did for my son. An ANGEL has left us to be with God. To his wife and family, my family sends our deepest sympathy. May you all take comfort in knowing Dr. Graham was a blessing to us all. Joanne Brandon

Malcolm Versaw

February 16, 2021

Dr Graham was a truly wonderful doctor to work with.

Rocky Cado Olivio

February 15, 2021

My Brother-in-law , Jay or Dr. William Graham .
A saver of lives , a protector of infants, newborns and children. A Great doctor ! I man I’ve known 50 years . A kind , caring , very religious man , super over the top intelligent man , a lover of the latest gadget and purchased the electric car wayyyyy before anyone even heard of them .
A lover of plants , flowers , his acres of vegetables . Jay and my sister, Karen GREW everything in your imagination... had a beautiful pool we would all enjoy swimming in , enjoyed his beautiful pond with exotic goldfish and plants .
When my My son , Stephen was younger ,, Stephen & Jay would enjoy showing their latest magic tricks to each other in a type of competition .
Never looked down on anyone or judgmental . Sometimes talk to me with this over the top intelligence and I would just nod
Like I knew what he was talking about .
I wonderful cook , a wine connoisseur, a Star Trek
Fan , Science Fiction fan , a gadget lover .
A wonderful husband to my beautiful sister for 46 years , the best Dad to Melissa and Chris . Best Grandpa to Van & Olivia . Best brother to Thomas , Robert and Peggy ,
A wonderful Uncle ,, to Lauren ,
I lover of Jesus Christ first and foremost, rarely missed a Sunday mass with my sister , or a prayer meeting.
I miss you , Jay . Once when I had to stay at your home after Katrina, you told me “” We are family , that’s what family does . “
I love you Jay

Vickie Bayham

February 11, 2021

Karen & Family,

Ronnie and I are saddened to hear of your loss. Jay and I worked closely during his tenure at Earl K. Long. He was always there for me when I needed advice, and we were good friends. He was extremely smart but allowed others to take the limelight. I hope you and your family find comfort in your cherished memories.

Vickie Bayham