TAHLEQUAH – Thomas O. Graham III was born on June 9, 1934, in Tahlequah, Okla., to Dr. Thomas O. Graham Jr. and Winona (Gill) Graham. He passed away Jan. 13, 2016, at the age of 81. In 1940, at six years of age, Tom trusted Christ as his Savior. After graduating from high school and Wheaton College in Illinois, the martyrdom of five missionaries in Ecuador in 1956 increased his thirst for the Word of God and a life-long personal study of the Scriptures began. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1960. His first pastorate was in Locust Grove, Okla., one year before graduating from seminary. Tom served pastorates 39 years in Cumberland Presbyterian churches. He became a Southern Baptist, serving as deacon, teaching “in-depth” Bible studies and serving as deacon in Candies Creek Baptist Church, Tenn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah, ministering as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He was a resident of Go Ye Village, and attended chapel, prayer meetings, Bible studies and men’s singing group. Tom was a Walmart greeter in Cleveland for 15 years and in Tahlequah five years. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Luraly; Noni and husband Rick Royal of Alpharetta, Ga.; Daniel Graham and wife Myonghi of Seattle, Wash.; Jon Graham of Cleveland, Tenn., and Josh Graham and wife Courtnie of Cleveland, Tenn.; seven grandsons; two granddaughters; and siblings, Dr. Larry Graham and Sylvia Wiman. Preceding him in death are father, Dr. T.O. Graham Jr. and mother, Winona Gill Graham; and brother, Michael Dale Graham. Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Tahlequah First Baptist Church, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Florida 32862-8200. Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.
Published on  January 20, 2016