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Jack Freeman Graham was born on August 15, 1933 in Winona, Texas.

He was reared on the family farm in Kosse, Texas where he attended school through the eighth grade.

He then moved to Bryanso that he could attend high school.

Jack graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1950 and enrolled in the Texas A&M that fall. He left A&M in the summer of 1951 to serve his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

After the war he returned to A&M where he met Ann Keeling. They were married at her sister’s home on Feb. 25, 1955.

Subsequent to their marriage Jack became a proud graduate of TAMC’s Class of 1954.

He attended the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Academy in mid-fifties and upon graduation was stationed in Fort Bend County and in 1958 he became the first permanently stationed state trooper in Austin County. 

In 1963 Jack left the highway patrol to do what he loved, to carpenter and farm. Jack was a dedicated family man who loved nothing more than spending precious moments with them. He was also blessed to enjoy his work, cattle, playing dominoes with just about anyone, but mostly his family and close friends.

Jack passed quietly to meet his Lord on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, in his adopted hometown of Bellville, at the age of 76.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 55 years, Ann Graham.  Sons Lloyd W. Graham and his wife, Kim, of La Porte; John Freeman Graham and his fiancée, Sharon Curry, both of Bellville; grandchildren: Justin Graham of McKinney; Michelle Stalcup, of Bellville; Kelly Stalcup of Bellville; and Jillian Graham of College Station. He is also survived by his sisters: Lelon Thompson of Dallas and Ann Massey of Tyler. Jack was preceded in death by his mother “Nannie” Faye and stepfather “Pop” Ridlehuber, daughter Karen Joyce Graham Stalcup, sister Tommy Jo Ackermann, brothers Max Graham and Robert Graham, nephew Jon Murray. 

Pallbearers are Justin Graham, Kent Graham, Elroy Kiecke, Duwayne Pfeffer, Marcus Machemehl, Kenneth Thuesen, Ed Maher, and Kenneth Stein. 

The family request memorials to Bellville General Hospital, P.O. Box 977, Bellville, Texas 77418. 

Funeral service was 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 from Bellville United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Stutes, officiating.

Interment was in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Visit to light a candle and sign the register book in memory of Jack.

Posted by Joy Neely


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