John “Pop” Raymond Graham of Lexington died July 21, 2020.

John was a born and raised New Yorker. In the Bronx, while attending junior high school, he met another native New Yorker named Mercedes G. Williams. In due time, John and Mercedes were married.

John was drafted into the United States Marine Corps where he served as a heavy equipment operator and received a National Defense Medal. Following his honorable military discharge, John and Mercedes, with their six children, John Jr., Clifford, Robin, Ronald, Debora and Gilbert, moved to Long Island. There, John had worked several different jobs before becoming employed by Sears and Roebuck company. Pop really enjoyed his work at Sears and on several occasions was awarded Top Service Repairman.

Many years later, John had remarried, retired from Sears and relocated to the Lexington area.

John R. Graham is survived by Mercedes Williams, his first wife; Lois Egan, his sister; and his six children, as well as another son, Jon-Paul; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. John’s second wife, Gertimore “Gert” Ruby Graham, who resided together with him in Rockbridge County, sadly passed back in May of 2010. John is also survived by numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jon-Paul remembers John “Pop” Graham as a proud father, loving husband and a “pillar to his community.” John’s youngest daughter, Debora, recounts it as a privilege to eventually esteem Pop as a “best friend.” “Our conversations were two-way, meaningful - free from judgment.” Ronald remembers Pop being unique! “He taught me a creative course of living, how to build and how to see things differently and better.”

From Clifford’s viewpoint, “Pop was a hard worker who knew the value of a dollar.”

John R. Jr. (Junior) recalled how Pop knew a lot about many different things. “He built some cool electronics back in his day. He did some repairs on cars, worked with wood and seemed to know a lot about houses too. I learned a lot about things - there was a ’53 Chevy that we had back in the day, I did so much on that car ...”

John was a very practical and pragmatic man who sought efficiency in most everything he did. He will truly be missed!

Pop requested that no formal funeral arrangements take place, only a basic burial at Evergreen Cemetery, 108 New Market Place, Lexington.

John Raymond Graham: Dec. 1, 1930-July 21, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be notifications of an informal online family web repass scheduled soon. N-G

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