Clarence Edward Graham Jr., 72, of Murphytown, W.Va., passed away May 14, 2014.
He was born Feb. 16, 1942, at home in Parkersburg, and was the son of the late Clarence Edward "Shorty" Graham Sr. and of the late Pauline Trimble Graham.
He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1961 and was known as "Graham Cracker" while playing on the PHS football team. That is also where he met the love of his life, Betty. He worked at Graham Ford in Ravenswood, W.Va., and later worked at and owned with his brother, North Western Disposal and Landfill. Also, Ed was a square dance caller and founder of the Country Squares and a caller of the Star Dusters and Pioneer Squares dance clubs, member of Caller Lab International and traveled with his wife nationwide calling square dance for over 25 years. He was a leader of Stillwell 4-H Club, a 4-H All-Star and a member of Living Word Church. He enjoyed traveling, singing and helping anyone who needed help. He was most proud of his three sons, and loved spending time with each of his grandchildren.
Ed is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Jane Townsend Graham; his sons, Scott and Martha Graham of Fort Worth, Texas, and Chris and Ginny Graham of Murphytown, W.Va.; his grandchildren, Matthew and Janessa Graham of Fort Worth, Texas, Senior Airman Aaron and Kayla Graham of Lakenheath Air Force Base, United Kingdom, Bethany Graham of Parkersburg and Dustin and Connor Graham of Murphytown, W.Va.; step-granddaughter, Christina Richards Berry of Parkersburg; mother-in-law, Anna Townsend of Murphytown, W.Va.; his brother, Daniel R. "D.R." and Pearl Graham of Waverly, W.Va.; nephews, Tom Graham and Angie of Mineral Wells, W.Va., and Tim and Kathy Graham of Parkersburg; and several more loving family members and many caring friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Randal Eric "Randy" Graham; his father-in-law, Albert Anderson "Blackie" Townsend; and his sister, Nancy Graham.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Pugh officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg.
Online condolences can be made at www.sunsetparkersburg.com
Memorial donations may be made in Ed's Honor to our Wood County 4-H program, 3V881 Wood County 4-H Leaders Association Endowment Fund. (development.ext.wvu.edu/how-to-give/4h-youth)