Navel Sea-Bee John T. Graham is en route to Mt.Vernon, called by the sudden death Wednesday (24 Jul 1957) night of his father, Fred B. Graham,
52, Mt.Vernon, oil producer and drilling contractor.
Young Graham was contacted on BarbadosIsland in the British West Indies where he is stationed through facilities
afforded by the Posey County Red Cross chapter. He called his mother from
York City last night and will fly to Mt.Vernon later today.
Contact with the son of the deceased oil producer made possible
the completion of funeral arrangements. Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, minister
of FirstMethodistChurch, of which Mr. Graham was a member, will
conduct the funeral service in Short-Niehaus chapel
at Monday. Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home today.
END SUDDEN FOR FRED B. GRAHAM
Fred B.Graham, 52, who represented a
third generation of a family engaged in petroleum production and contract
drilling died very unexpectedly at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at his home at 728 E.
Sixth street. He drilled the Posey county discovery well of The Carter
Oil Company in Mt.Vernon vicinity during his long years of
employment as a production superintendent by Carter.
Mr. Graham suffered his first heart seizure 18 months ago but had
made remarkable progress toward recovery. He had continued to direct
operation of his contract drilling equipment and in recent months had operated
in Perry county. He spent yesterday at his home
and showed no evidence of acute illness until a few
minutes before his passing.
The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral
Home, Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the Posey county Red
Cross chapter establishes contact with a son of the deceased, Naval Sea-Bee
John T. Graham, who is stationed on BarbadosIsland in the British West Indies. Burial will be in Bellefontaine
Friends may call at the funeral home after Saturday. The family requests that
contributions to the Heart Fund be made in lieu of floral offerings.
Surviving in addition to the son, are the wife of almost 28 years,
nee Pauline Shafer, a native of Kansas, and for four years prior to 1954
executive secretary of Posey county Tuberculosis Assn.; a daughter, Miss Jean
Graham, assistant executive officer in the administration office of Barnes Hospital
in St. Louis, and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Gewin and
Mrs. Margaret Thompson, both of Coffeeville, Kans.
The deceased who had engaged continuously in oil production and
drilling since he was 17 years old, was a native of Coffeeville, Kans. a son of
Jared and Laura Graham.
He came to the IllinoisBasin from Seminole, Okla. at the start of the oil boom in this
area in 1937 and first resided at Olney, Ill. He directed Carter Oil Co.,
production in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. He came to Mt. Vernon, Ind., from Mt. Vernon, Ill. in 1942 and he and his family had
resided here since. Recognized ability, a high code of ethics and a
pleasant personality made him a popular figure in oil operations.
Upon his location here he became production superintendent of the
Petroleum Department of Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op. Later, he entered the
oil production business himself.
He and his
family's religious affiliation was with FirstMethodistChurch in Mt.Vernon.