John Robert Graham Jr. of Daleville, Virginia, passed away peacefully Friday, June 7, 2019, following a battle with cancer. He was born February 22, 1955, to John Robert Graham Sr. and Frances Hilt Graham Trent of Floyd, Va. Survivors include children, Amy L. Graham (Rick Reeser, fiancé), John (Jack) R. Graham III (Wang Xi); grandchild, Lydia Li Graham; former spouse, Carole S. Graham; sister, Rebecca G. Talbot (Matthew); nephew, Parker B. Talbot; stepsister, Julia T. Elliott (Dr. Charles); step-nephew/niece, Dr. Brian Elliott (Pam), Virginia E. Frankel (Eric); extended family in Abingdon, Va.; lifelong friend, Allen Nester; and many close friends considered as family. A native of Roanoke since childhood and a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and Hampton-Sydney College, John enjoyed a lengthy career in the insurance industry serving clients throughout Southwest Virginia. Throughout life, John had the innate ability to connect with the many people that he encountered, resulting in a multitude of close lifelong friendships. With an avid interest in history, he participated in and held leadership roles with the Floyd and Botetourt County Historical Societies, Jubal A. Early Preservation Trust, Roanoke Civil War Round Table, and Sons of Confederate Veterans. John led efforts to place Virginia Civil War Trail signs in Botetourt, Franklin, and Floyd Counties. He also served Fincastle Presbyterian Church as a Deacon and Elder. Some of his children's fondest memories are leisurely drives (going well under the speed limit!) with no planned destination. With his children and grandchild in tow, John would point out landmarks and historical sites. From Amy and Jack, "We love you, we have learned from you and you will be greatly missed." The funeral service will be held at Cleveland Presbyterian Church, 18076 Cleveland Church Rd, Abingdon, VA 24211, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Cleveland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. A service to celebrate John's life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Fincastle Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 144, Fincastle, VA 24090 or Christ Church Radford, Building Fund, 6266 University Park Drive, Suite 2300, Radford, VA 24141. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel. 540-989-3131

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