Gene (Norris) Graham

January 23, 1931July 14, 2020

Gene "Rusty" Graham, 89 years of age, passed away peacefully in her home on July 14, 2020. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Bethel Kincaid and her son, Ronald Goodman. Retirement came after working twenty-eight years for Jefferson County. She was a Deputy Sheriff in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and then moved to the Department of Corrections where she became the first woman ever elevated to the position of Major.

Gene loved family, friends, her animals, and the study of Astrology. She was a respected member of the Astrological Society of Kentucky. The Society was the source of many lifelong friendships.

She is survived by her son, Donald Goodman (LaDonna); a step-son, Kevin Kincaid (Diane); two brothers, Denny Norris (Diane) and Richard Johnson; a niece, Tracy Willham (Todd); six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Gene the Matriarch of the family is lovingly remembered by the following nieces and nephews: Steve, Danny, Adam, Denise, Willie, Phyllis, Teddy, Ricky Jr. ,Chuckie, and Amber.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday in the chapel of Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave., with burial to follow at Cave Hill. Visitation will be after 10 am Monday.


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 20, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Monday, July 20, 2020


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Larry Duncan

July 18, 2020

I had the honor of working for Major Graham at the county jail, and there will never be another like her. She was the standard by which all other commanders were measured throughout my 29-year career ( at the jail and police department), and no one could compare to her: she was a true leader. God bless her beloved family, friends, loved ones and relations.

Linda Pettit

July 18, 2020

I worked for her at the old county jail and just loved her. She was a fair and nice person to work for. A really great commander.


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