OBITUARY

Jimmy Jon McGraw

February 16, 1935June 10, 2018
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Jimmy J. McGraw, 83, of Fort Worth, passed away June 10, 2018. Jimmy was born in Borger on February 16, 1935 to Ben and Amye Johnson McGraw. Jim married Frances Ogden in Fort Sumner, NM on June 28, 1957.

Following high school graduation in Borger in 1954, Jim accepted a football scholarship from then Oklahoma A&M University. He played football there, completed two years of ROTC and became a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. In 1956 he transferred to Eastern New Mexico and earned a football scholarship. He met his wife of 61 years there. After spending some time with the New Mexico National Guard to keep from being drafted, he decided to transfer to West Texas State University where he could complete his degree as well as the requirements in ROTC to receive a commission in the U.S. Army. Jim was a career Army Officer and Pilot for 21 years and served two one-year combat tours in Vietnam where he received numerous commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars and 26 Air Medals. He retired as a Major in 1981 then continued a career in flying with Atlantic Southeast Airlines (then the Delta Connection). He retired in 1999 after serving nine years as Chief Pilot. Jim was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner, choosing to keep his membership in the King Solomon Lodge No. 5 in Tombstone, AZ. He was a member of the Sabbar Shrine Temple in Tucson, Arizona, Aloha Temple in Honolulu, Hawaii and Kareem Temple in Waco. During his Army career Jim and his family lived in New Jersey, ITALY, Alabama, North Carolina, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona, and Hawaii. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances, son Kevin McGraw of McKinney, his wife, Nancy, and their three sons, Ben of Dallas, and Brad and Blake at home; Daughter Kathy Misek and fiancé Paul Benson of Crowley and her three sons, Mitch of San Marcos, Mike of Crowley, and Max and wife Tamara of Fort Wainright, Alaska.

Funeral arrangements include visitation at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth at 7100 Crowley Road from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 18th. Interment will be at the National Military Cemetery in Dallas at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19th followed by a Memorial Service at Laurel Land at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation may do so to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or the Alzheimer's Association.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mitch Misek
  • Mike Misek
  • Benjamin McGraw
  • Max Misek
  • Brad McGraw
  • Blake McGraw

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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D. Larson

June 18, 2018

May the beautiful promise found at Luke 20:38 and Acts 24:15 bring you added comfort and hope. All the best.

Tim Brinkerhoff

June 16, 2018

Dearest Fran,
Throughout my life I have met countless people in so many stages throughout as I have aged. And, I have forgotten far so many faces, names and close circumstances of my past, those who were once near and now so far from me. But, in my life, I will always remember, revere and honor Major Jim McGraw. He was my first Company Commander in Viet Nam and proved to be the complete leader that gave us strength to get through combat. You just wanted to do it right for him - we all did!

Rest Well, Be In Peace And Take Comfort in The Family Of the United States Army,

Most Sincerely and With Honor,
Tim Brinkerhoff
Shotgun 34A (221st Recon Avn Co.)
First Sergeant, USA, Retired

Martha West

June 16, 2018

"Precious Gem" and Fran-Fran will always be in our hearts, a Special Forces Family that endures to uplift others. Fran's book first brought us together for a lasting relationship to include Jim and Fran coming to my school for the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War Commemorative Flag Dedication, as Kopperl I.S.D. began efforts as an official Commemorative Partner. Jim and Fran's encouragement has helped us reach out and honor numerous Veterans and their Families, with the hope of continued growth in those goals. Seeds of greatness have been planted!

Praying for you and your family, Dearest Fran,
Martha and Al West

Bob Conley

June 16, 2018

Jim, I can only remember the good times with you in Borger, in the Boy Scouts with my dad as scoutmaster of old troop2, & all the things went all got into.
Then along came Fran which we met in Hawai & what a thrill we had there. Then moving to Amarillo and working and playing golf together. You were a great man to serve our country the way you did. I will always remember you. God be with Fran & the family.
Bob

Bob Conley

June 16, 2018

Jim, I can only remember the good times with you in Borger, in the Boy Scouts with my dad as scoutmaster of old troop2, & all the things went all got into.
Then along came Fran which we met in Hawai & what a thrill we had there. Then moving to Amarillo and working and playing golf together. You were a great man to serve our country the way you did. I will always remember you. God be with Fran & the family.
Bob

Julie Constantino

June 15, 2018

Kevin,
I know how very much you adored your father. And a great one he was to have raised you to be the man that you have become. I am so very sorry for this loss in your life. Please know that the Constantino’s are holding you and your family close right now. Take good care of each other.

“Remembering Fort Sumner “

June 14, 2018

On behalf of the members of our Facebook Group Page “Remembering Fort Sumner” we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Jim McGraw. May the Lord provide strength to family and friends during this difficult time. Fran, may God bless you and your family!

FROM THE FAMILY
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