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Jerry Dean Graham, Sr.

June 28, 1940 — April 25, 2017

Jerry Dean Graham, Sr., 76, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his residence.  He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Hazel Graham; parents, Sterling Houston Forgey and Catherine Jewell Forgey; and also several brothers and a sister.


He is survived by one son, Jerry Dean Graham II and wife Vicky of Cleveland; two daughters, Lillie Kate Graham and Lillian “Dolly” Kline and husband Richard, all of Cleveland; one granddaughter, Lillian Jessie Kline of Cleveland; three grandsons, Jesse Bullard, Adam Logan Kline, and Dustin Mullinax; two sisters, Pauline Centers and Shirley Martin both of Cleveland; brother, Charles Forgey; and several nieces and nephews also survive.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 at the new Liberty Baptist Church with Reverend Waymon Cooper and Reverend Mark Cameron officiating.  Interment will follow in Samples Baptist Church Cemetery with Bobby Bookout, Eugene Smith, Jesse Cabrera, James Cabrera, Gene Cabrera, and Jess Bullard serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Hembree and Ernest Evans.  A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and also Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the family residence on 3167 Cabrera Lane SE, Cleveland, TN.


We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Graham family guestbook at


Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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