|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1936|
|Death: ||May 28, 2011|
West Virginia, USA
Joseph W. "Joe" Grahame Jr. [Elkins]
ELKINS, W.Va. — Joseph William "Joe" Grahame Jr., 75, a resident of Elkins, W.Va., departed this life late Saturday evening, May 28, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. He fought a courageous twenty-one month battle with cancer.
He was born Friday, Jan. 17, 1936, in Cumberland, the oldest of four children of Joseph William Grahame Sr. and Nellie Davis Grahame. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by James Sharp Grahame.
On Aug. 27, 1966, in Cumberland, he was married to the former Sandra Lee Hoover, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Joelle Elizabeth Kenney and husband Bruce, and Dr. Jenna Louise Gongola and husband Steve, all of Elkins; one brother, John "Jack" Bradley Grahame, of Paw Paw, Mich.; one sister, Louise Bradley VanMeter and husband James, of Ridgeley; and six grandchildren, Tyler and Jen-sen Kenney, William, Benjamin and David Gongola and Braxton Kenney.
Joe was a graduate of Fort Hill High School at Cumberland, with the class of 1954. He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. Degree in Forestry with the class of 1959 and was a veteran of the U. S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
He had owned and operated Joseph W. Grahame Consulting Forester since 1974. He was a registered forester, licensed surveyor and a certified general appraiser.
He is a life member of the H. W. Daniel's Post 29, American Legion, where he has served in the offices of Post Commander and was the Boy's State Chairman for twenty years. He served the American Legion, Department of West Virginia, as the 2004-2005 Department Commander and on the Department Boy's State Board of Directors.
He was a retired member of the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is a Past President of the Elkins Rotary Club and a past Mountain State Forest Festival Assistant Director. He was a thirty-third degree mason of the Supreme Council of Washington D.C., was a member of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, A.F. & A. M., the Scottish Rite of the Valley of Cumberland, Orient of Maryland, the Ali Ghan Shrine, the Tygart Valley Shrine Club and was a driver for the Shrine Children's Hospitals. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Tygart's Valley Lions Club, the WVU Forestry Alumni, was a past board of directors member of the Rich Mountain Battlefield, a member of the WV Surveyors Association and the First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Grahame's request for cremation was honored.
The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center on Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at the church on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Barry R. Moll and the Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley officiating.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First United Methodist Church Music Ministries or Boy Scout Troop 88, both at 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins WV 26241 or to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250.
The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be ex-pressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Marion Steiding-Chappell
Record added: Jan 22, 2012
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