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William Altheus Graham, known as "Bill or Ziggy" age 72, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. He was born Nov. 16, 1945 in Cleburne Texas, and adopted by the late Navarro county celebrity Roy Graham, the wrestler, and wife Hazel of Eureka.

Many great stories abound of the life and times while growing up in the Eureka/Mildred area. Bill had a son with Betty Warren. He married Becky Brown of Corsicana in 1977. He married Marilyn Markley of Corsicana in 1982.

Bill worked for the Corsicana fire department before being drafted into the Vietnam war in 1967. When he returned home three years later, he was told he no longer had a job, so he began a successful paint contracting business. During Vietnam he initially went in as an army machinist but because the Air Force was low on gunners, he stepped up to the plate. He served in the I corps and II corps, which suffered many casualties. He served through the horrific Tet offensive. While in Vietnam he received the Bronze Star, the Presidential unit citation with a gold leaf, the Air Force good conduct medal and the small arms expert marksman's medal. Even though he was lucky enough to return home as many men did the war affected almost every area of his life as it does many of our past and present war heroes.

He loved his country, his family, and all of his close friends. If he loved you, he made sure you knew it. He enjoyed taking long trips with his friends on his Harley and would help out with many charitable causes. He will be missed by many friends and loved ones.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Hazel Graham of Eureka and a brother, Tommy Graham of Corsicana. He is survived by son Jason Graham and wife Nancy of Corsicana, Daughter Brittney Holley and husband Jimmy of Murphy, Texas, and son Bill Warren of Fort Worth. He is also survived by grandsons Aiden Warren, Wyatt Holley, Grandaughters Mikala and McKinley Kincy.

Funeral Services will be held at the Dallas National Cemetary, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. A heart-felt thank you to all veterans serving here and abroad. May God keep you all safe.
Published on March 12, 2018
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