B.A. Graf, 82, of Amarillo died Sunday, July 3, 2005. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Christ Lutheran Church with Joseph Andrajack, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Graf was born May 4, 1923, in Vernon to Karl Reinhold Graf and Selma Droigk Graf. Mr. Graf married Ila Mae Robertson of Hereford in 1951, and she preceded him in death in 1995. He married Molly Cawthon in 1999.
Mr. Graf owned and operated B.A. Graf Trucking Co. until the time of his retirement in 1991. He purchased his first truck in 1948 and worked as a subcontractor for Cooper and Woodruff Road Construction. When he retired in 1991 he had a fleet of 28 water trucks and four dump trucks.
Mr. Graf actively supported the River Road School District, donating time and equipment to the construction of the original playground at Rolling Hills Elementary School and the present baseball facility at River Road High School. He raised funds and donated labor for the Valle De Oro Volunteer Fire Department station building.
He was instrumental in development of the original Potter County Volunteer Fire Department. He was a founding member of the Tejano 4-Wheelers. He is listed in the Who's Who of American Businessmen. After retirement he became active in the LOW Travel Club and Allegro Family Travel Club. He has been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Mike and wife, Chandra, of Amarillo; a daughter, Sherry Graf Nichols and husband, John, of Amarillo; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Autumn Graf and Rikki Nichols Wheeler and husband, Danny, all of Amarillo; a great-grandson, Tucker Lane Wheeler of Amarillo; seven stepchildren and spouses; 14 stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Graf and wife, Mary Ellen, of Levelland; a sister-in-law, Mary Graf of Lubbock; a brother-in-law, Elmo Edmonds of Lamesa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176-0001; or Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund, 2400 N. Coulter St., Amarillo, TX 79124.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.