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Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Memorial Park

5740 West 19th Street, Lubbock, TX

OBITUARY

William McGraw

May 3, 1929January 10, 2020
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William Mason “Quick Draw” McGraw, Jr., age 90, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away January 10th, 2020. The funeral service will be held at 10am Wednesday January 15th at First Baptist Church Lubbock, Texas, in the Ford Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5pm - 7pm Tuesday January 14th at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Bill was born May 3, 1929 in Alabama but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating High School he moved to Macon, Georgia to attend Mercer University. While in college Bill worked for Sears Roebuck, where he met the love of his life, Thelma Emilio. They married in June 1953.

After college Bill joined the Army as an Infantry Officer. While in the Army he was called to the ministry. He attended seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bill served as a Baptist minster in central Georgia for several years before entering the Air Force in 1965 as a Chaplain. He served for over 20 years traveling the world ministering to military families. His assignments included: Nellis AFB, NV; Clark AFB, Philippines; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Lackland AFB, TX; Sondestrom, Greenland, Altus AFB, OK; K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI; Andersen AFB, Guam; Reese AFB, TX; and Lowery AFB, CO.

It was a wonderful life full of adventure for a boy from humble beginnings in Georgia. Bill retired in Lubbock and was active at First Baptist Church; involved in hospital ministry with St. Mary’s and was the Director of Pastoral Care at Grand Court before retiring in 2014 to devote his time to caring for his beloved wife, Thelma.

He is survived by 2 sisters, his children, grand children and great grandson. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 62 years, Thelma. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Buckner Children’s Home.

  • DONATIONS

  • Buckner Children’s Home.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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LaVerne Davis

January 18, 2020

He was a very strong and determined man a good Christian AND Boy did I love those Quick Draw McGraw

Max Robertson

January 18, 2020

He was one of the best!

Noble Miller

January 18, 2020

It was a true blessing to have known Bill

Bonnie Moore

January 18, 2020

Bill McGraw was a GODLY man he lived his life as we would’ve all like to live ours.

Ludie Harris

January 18, 2020

He was a very good man, and we enjoyed his presents

Carole Boris

January 18, 2020

It was always a delight to read his news sheet

Scott Bryson

January 14, 2020

Always a pleasure working with Chaplain McGraw, from Reese AFB to Covenant Medical Center. I enjoyed his jokes and the cartoons that he handed out. I got to see a side of him not many got to see as he visited the sick and yes, dying. He always had a good word and time to share some of his wisdom, no matter how busy he was. He will be missed...

Sheila Diggs

January 14, 2020

Quick draw McGraw. Always loved to see his smile and get his page of humor. Such a special man with such a gentle spirit.

Mary Haragan

January 14, 2020

Brother Bill was a very kind man. I loved him. His life was one of service to others. Welcome home Bill my good a faithful servant and Thelma asking, “What took you so long?” You girls took good care of your parents.

Candace Cameron

January 13, 2020

Bill was such a kind man. My mother lived at Grand Court and she was hospitalized many times and Bill was always there to visit her. He really knew how to brighten one’s day.

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He took her to church on their first date

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"He's in the Army now!"