OBITUARY

John D. "Butch" Graham II

April 19, 1943May 16, 2020

John D "Butch" Graham was born April 19, 1943 to John and Esther Ratcliff Graham in Bossier City, Louisiana. Butch Graham was born and raised in Bossier City and a graduate from Bossier High School Class of 1961 where he played basketball and baseball. After high school, he attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the first rodeo team. He later joined the Bossier City Fire Department where he served for 27 years, retiring as Deputy Chief and was honored as Fireman of the Year in 1982.

He was married to Nanza "Frankie" Cribbs Brown for 31 years until her passing. Butch later married Virginia Ladatta Kelley and they celebrated 16 years of marriage together. Butch enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting, and was an avid golfer where he was a member of Palmetto and Northwood Hills Country Clubs. He also loved LSU and spent many hours cheering on the Tigers, but his greatest passion was for his family and friends.

Butch is preceded in death by his parents, John and Esther Graham; sister, Mara Graham Campisi and first wife, Frankie Graham. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Graham; children: Becky Gremillion and husband Jimmy; Julie Floyd and husband Rob; John Graham and wife Stephanie and Craig Kelley; grandchildren: Paige Lance, Emily Arreguin, Jack Graham, Austin Floyd, Jessica Matranga, Katie Floyd, Kevin Floyd, and Brees Kelley; great grandchild, Addilyn Arreguin.

Services celebrating the life of John Graham will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel, officiating will be his son in law Pastor Robert Floyd, Pastor of Covenant Life Church of Jeffersonville, IN. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gremillion, Craig Kelley, Logan Lance, Caleb Arreguin, Luke Matranga, Austin Floyd and Kevin Floyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Leone, Dennis Scotto, Jimmy Starks, Finley Smith, and Raymond Wickard.

  • FAMILY

  • Virgina Graham, Wife
  • Becky Gremillion (Jimmy), Daughter
  • Julie Floyd (Rob), Daughter
  • John Graham (Stephanie), Son
  • Craig Kelley, Son
  • Page Lance, Grandchild
  • Emily Arreguin, Grandchild
  • Jack Graham, Grandchild
  • Austin Floyd (gran), Grandchild
  • Jessica Matranga, Grandchild
  • Katie Floyd, Grandchild
  • Kevin Floyd, Grandchild
  • Brees Kelley, Grandchild
  • Addilyn Arreguin, Great Grandchild

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jimmy Gremillion
  • Craig Kelley
  • Logan Lance
  • Caleb Arreguin
  • Luke Matranga
  • Austin Floyd
  • Kevin Floyd
  • Johnny Leone, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dennis Scotto, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Starks, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Finley Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ray Wickard, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memories

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Larry Botzong

May 23, 2020

"Butch" you will be sadly missed and always cherished !! You have lived your earthly life and now you get to go to your heavenly life....we all will miss you, but hope to be with you again...until then my brother, farewell.

Rebecca McCoy

May 20, 2020

loved working with Butch. He was such a sweet man. Prayers for yalls family.

Holly Holllenshead

May 20, 2020

Butch has been a great friend for over 65 years. We connected at Bossier High School and were roommates at college. We shared many great times together and he will be missed! My condolences go out to his Family and Friends.
Holly Holllenshead

Shelley Crow-Liles

May 18, 2020

Butch was a true gentleman, he was always so attentive to Virginia, so kind, thoughtful and soft spoken. Randall & I have had the privilege of knowing him for many years, and were so heartbroken to hear of his passing. We pray for Virginia and his family, that they will have strength in the coming days...that the Lord will wrap them in His comfort and grace as they grieve the loss of this great man. It was an honor to call him a friend.
Randall & Shelley Liles

Madonna Payne

May 18, 2020

Love and prayers for Butch’s family as his life is celebrated. He was a kind and gentle classmate in high school, and that characteristic never changed. He will be greatly missed.

Nick and Joan Ferlito

May 17, 2020

When I think of Butch I see his friendly smile and his welcoming personality.Always happy to see you and had away of always making you feel special. We will truly miss this man in our lives but feel blessed to have known him. I know the family’s faith will help them at this time.

MaryAnn Lamb

May 17, 2020

Dear Virginia, I have just heard about Butch. I am so sorry for your loss. We went to high school together and he was like a peace light to me. I never heard him say anything against anyone - a man of integrity.
I can't come to the funeral, but I wanted you to know that I'm praying for you. Stay in touch.
MaryAnn Lamb

Karen Williams(Kilpatrick)

May 17, 2020

Butch was a great friend to my parents Charles and Paula Kilpatrick for many years. I remember he always had a funny story to share. He was always a kind and gentle man! So sorry to hear of his passing.

Mildred Nickel

May 17, 2020

Dear Virginia and all the family,
I have wonderful memories of Butch from many years ago. Nick and Butch worked together and played golf together.
When Nick died in 2006, Butch was one of the people who called me.
My prayers are with you at this time. Cherish your memories. With God’s help they will sustain you.
Blessings,
Mildred Nickel

Donny Wilhite

May 17, 2020

Chief Graham was Deputy Chief when I got hired as a firefighter with BCFD I remember my interview with him his smile calmness and his nice jokingly demeanor God Bless you Chief Graham and your family Thanks for your Service to Bossier and God Bless your family Thanks Donny Wilhite

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