John Henry McGraw, born on October 27, 1932, in Gauley Mills, WV, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2023, in Franklin. He was surrounded by his loved ones during his final moments. John was known for his dedication to his family and his contributions to his community.
John's military service played a significant role in shaping him into the admirable man he became. He served in the Army as a clerk at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where he displayed exceptional professionalism and commitment to his duties. His time in the military instilled in him a sense of discipline and loyalty that he carried throughout his life.
Born to Bernard McGraw of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Kathleen Lusk McGraw of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, John came from humble beginnings but achieved remarkable accomplishments through hard work and determination. He cherished the values instilled in him by his parents and used them as guiding principles throughout his life.
Throughout their journey together spanning an impressive 69 years, John was devoted to his beloved wife Joy Allen Mcgraw of Franklin, Tennessee. Their love and commitment were evident to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing them. Their strong bond served as an inspiration to many.
John is survived by his children: Bernie McGraw of Maryville, TN; Shawn McGraw Shepherd of Franklin, Tennessee; Laurie McGraw Murphy of Las Vegas, Nevada. Each child inherited their father's work ethic and values which have influenced their lives positively.
His grandchildren hold precious memories of their loving grandfather: Katie Shepherd Decker, Lauren Shepherd, Michael McGraw, Jennifer McGraw Larson, Amanda McGraw Steffes, Daniel McGraw,
and Patrick Murphy. John cherished each grandchild with warmth and affection that extended beyond any measure.
His legacy is further honored by fourteen great-grandchildren: Ellie Parks, Brody Parks, Levi McGraw,
Lily McGraw, Kathryn Larson, Samuel Larson, Ethan Larson, Karis Larson, Adaline Steffes, Calvin Steffes, Elijah McGraw, William McGraw, Lydia McGraw, and Owen McGraw. John took immense joy and pride in being a loving presence in their lives. He shared his wisdom, values, and love whenever they were in his care, leaving an everlasting impact upon them.
John Henry McGraw immersed himself within his community, offering support and inspiring people through his actions. His selflessness extended beyond his family—a true testament to his character. He dedicated himself to making the world a better place one act of kindness at a time.
Today, as we gather to pay our final respects, let us remember John's love for life and the legacy he leaves behind. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather, and a cherished great-grandfather. His profound impact on our lives will remain etched in our hearts and minds as we treasure the memories we have shared with him.
May John Henry McGraw rest in eternal peace, knowing that he has left an indelible mark on the lives of all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him.