Thomas Gene Graham, 76, of Petal, Miss. died June 2, 2011 at his residence. Visitation was held at Moore Funeral Home in Petal on Thursday, June 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Gene Graham a native of Abernant and was born on May 9, 1935.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Thomasville.
Mr. Graham was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean Conflict during the mid fifties. He was a member of Petal Harvey Baptist Church in Petal. He spent most of his life working in the paper making industry. He began his career at Gulf States in Demopolis in May of 1957 and has worked at various mills in the southern U.S. which include: Stone Container, Florence, South Carolina; Owens-Illinois in Orange, Texas; MacMillan Bloedel, Inc. in Pine Hill; Great Northern Nekoosa in Ashdown, Ark.; Georgia Pacific Corp. Leaf River Forest Products Div in New Augusta, Miss. and Temple Inland in Evadale, Texas. Following his retirement from Temple Inland he continued to work in the industry as a consultant until 2001. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed tinkering with old cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Thomas Graham and Dora Elizabeth Chapman Graham; one sister, Gladys Velma Graham Herring; two brothers, James Esley Graham and Samuel Thomas Graham Jr.; one son, Robert Christopher McKinley.
He is survived by his wife, Albert Jean Pearson Graham; two daughters, Bette Carole Graham and Sherri Renee G. Sly; two sons, Thomas Bryan (Shawn) Graham and John Paul (Beth) McKinley all of Petal; one sister, Barbara Ann Graham (Larry) Hallman of Abernant; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Addison McKinley, Aaron Graham, Huston Brett III, Matthew Graham, Steven Sly and Tom Sly.