Paul Elliott Graham
November 17, 1930 ‒ May 12, 2008
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Paul Elliott Graham, age 77, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Monday morning, May 12, 2008, from injuries sustained in a trucking accident.
He was born in Greensburg, Kentucky, on November 17, 1930, the son of the late Felding Lively and Amanda “Meme” (Whitlow) Graham. With his older brothers serving in the war, Paul left early school to help work on the family farm.
Just before leaving for the Korean Conflict himself, Paul married his soul mate, Mary (Powell) Graham, on December 22, 1951. For nearly fifty seven years, Mary has been “his world,” and they shared an “undying love” and a “secret hiding place.” Together they loved to be surrounded by family and have huge barbecues on his custom eight foot grill.
Paul and Mary attended the Gilead Friends Church, whose Pastor renewed their vows for their golden anniversary in their yard with all of their close family and friends in 2002.
Shortly after their wedding, Paul was deployed by the U.S. Army to serve in Korea in 1952. He served for two years as a radio operator, a Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
A “jack of all trades in the oil industry,” Paul followed the oil boom of Morrow County, moving his family from Kentucky to Mount Gilead in 1963. He was a self employed oil producer, who knew everything there was to know about the oil business. Paul was best known for his “loud” red oil truck he drove throughout the State of Ohio.
He was a member of the Morrow County Conservation Club and the Korean War Veteran’s Association of Marion.
An avid hunter, Paul earned the nickname of “Rambo” for his extensive collection of knives and guns. An excellent marksman, no animal wanted in the woods when he was hunting, as he could “split the hairs on a flea from 100 yards away.” He enjoyed many trips to Colorado to hunt elk.
With a love for the outdoors, Paul enjoyed fishing in any local fishing hole and deep sea fishing, especially with his grandchildren.
Having a special place in their grandfather’s heart, Paul planted a different species of tree for each new member of his family that “no one was allowed to touch.”
“A simple man with a simple plan,” Paul learned his life lessons from the “school of hard knocks.” He was brilliant, but in his own unique way; he could do complicated math problems in seconds using his own self taught formulas and he could build/fix anything out of a four inch pipe, coat hanger, and duct tape.
With a long story or a joke for “everything,” Paul always made everyone laugh. And no matter the circumstance, his family and friends knew if they needed help or a shoulder to lean on Paul would make everything “okay.”
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary; five children: Paul K. (Vivian) Graham of Marengo, Doug Graham of Mount Gilead, Donna Marie(Rick) Manning of Pinch, West Virginia, Libby (David Humphrey) Seitz of Mansfield, and Jannetta (Doug) Martin of Mount Gilead; eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren with three more on the way; a sister, Bell of Campbellsville, Kentucky; and four beloved Chihuahuas: Babe, Matt, Buddy, and Peter Paul.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his two brothers: Harold and Ralph “Jake”; and three sisters: Flossie, Teresa Jean, and Lethie.
His family will greet friends on Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilead Friends Church, SR 42 S., Mount Gilead, with Pastor Ronald Ellyson officiating. Burial with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338,
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.