Mr. William Lee “W.L” Graham, age 87, of Dublin, died Friday, January 10, 2020, in Serenity Place in Dublin, after an extended illness. He was a native of Scotland, Georgia and in 1937 moved to the Normantown Community where he was raised. He moved to Orlando, Florida in 1955. In 1960, the family moved to Lyons, Ga, and lived there until they moved to Dodge County in 1975 and owned and operated Jay Bird Springs. He has lived in Dublin since 1979 and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wheeler County. He was a lifelong farmer and was owner/operator of W.L. Trucking and was affectionately known as “Red Snapper” and “Grease”. He was preceded in death by two wives, Claudia Edge Graham and Frances Mercer Graham; parents, Willie Hugh Graham and Jennie Pate Mercer; and nine siblings, Elizabeth Graham Palmer, Willie Mae Graham King, Roderick Graham, Joe Lee Graham Morgan, Lois Frances Graham Harrell, Russell Mercer Graham, Jennette Graham Burnsed, Roy Hugh Graham and Frederick Franklin Graham.
Mr. Graham is survived by four children, Karen Barron and husband Ronnie, Mitchell Graham, Penny Guthrie, all of Dublin, and Donna Bowen and husband Lee of Danville; one brother, Jolly Graham and wife Marilyn of the New Branch Community; eleven grandchildren, Jeremy Durden of Dexter, Travis Graham and wife Elaine of Kathleen, Justin Durden and wife Nancy, Jonathan Guthrie and wife Alicia, Tiffanie Graham, Austin Proctor, all of Dublin, Codie Proctor, of Danville, Robbie Barron of the Kibbee Community, Aprill Snellgrove of Milledgeville, Briana Bowen, and Skylar Bowen and fiancé Samantha, all of Cochran; eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Monday, January 13th, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Reverend Gaynor Ridgdill officiating. Burial will follow in the Pinecrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Serenity Hospice, 1022 Hillcrest Parkway, Suite 200, Dublin, GA 31021.
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