November 24, 2012
Patricia Virginia Smith Graham, 75, of Altus, passed away at her home Thursday morning, Nov. 22, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Player officiating. Burial will follow at Sentinel Cemetery under the direction of Kincannon Funeral Home.
Patricia was born Jan. 17, 1937 in Sentinel to Fred and Gertrude (Harmon) Smith. She was the sixth child of this union. She attended elementary in Sentinel, and her secondary years in the Port Consolidated School, where she graduated with the class of 1955. She sang with the schools girls quartet and played softball and basketball while attending the Port School. She scored 45 points in one game her senior year, which was a record for the school. She was a member of the Sentinel Baptist Church. On June 1, 1955, she married Carroll Nelson Graham in the Sentinel Baptist Church and moved to Hobart where Carroll was coaching and teaching. In 1957, their first child was born, Mickey Dale Graham, who is a professor of history at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus. In 1960, she and her family moved to Clovis, N.M. where Carroll took a coaching job at Clovis High School. In 1962, Pat presented the family with their second child, Randy Scott Graham, who is in the construction business in Garland, Texas. The family became members of Christian Church of Clovis. Pat obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters degree in Library Science. She has taught in three states, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. After Carroll retired from teaching in 1990 the family moved back to Altus to be near their grandkids. Pats last teaching assignment was with the Altus Public School System. Pat retired in 1996 after teaching a total of 27 years. She loved being the librarian and helping students with research. Pat enjoyed her hobbies of playing bridge, reading, and watching movies on TV. She loved being near her grandkids and spending time with them. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Gertrude Smith; and two brothers, Junior and Bobby.
She is survived by her husband Carroll of 57 years; two sons, Mickey Graham and wife Gayla of Altus, and Randy Graham and wife Debbie of Garland, Texas; four granddaughters, Amanda, Tessa, Katey, and Carley; two great-grandsons, Caiden and Mason; three sisters, Betty Adkins, Colleen Kemp, and Freda Holmes; and two brothers, Jerry Smith and Buddy Smith.
The Graham family will greet friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kincannon Funeral Home. Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com