William J. "Wild Bill" McGraw
RIAN - William J. "Wild Bill" McGraw, age 79, of Adrian passed away Oct. 16, 2016, at home with his family. He was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Isaban, W.Va., the son of Alonzo and Sara (Herald) McGraw. On June 6, 1959, he married Helen Marie Naramore. She preceded him in death in 1988. Bill retired from Cargotainer in Adrian in 1988. He was a member of the Adrian Eagles and the Adrian Moose. He loved his dog, Reggie, as well as playing horseshoes along with fishing and hunting. Bill is survived by his children, William David "Quick Draw" McGraw (Kim Ostrander), Tammy McGraw (Mike) Lewis, Pamela McGraw Tucker (Cary Underhill), Bruce "Buck" McGraw and Marcie McGraw (Mark Williams); four grandchildren, Joshua (Kelly) Smith, Natasha (Matt) Wetzel, Helena McGraw Tucker and Lucas McGraw Tucker; eight great-grandchildren, Brysen and Karly Smith, Jaeden and Braeden Wetzel, Blake and Connor Tucker, Ava Schlieger and Axil Davies; his siblings, Alice (Jim) Webb, Roger (Pat) McGraw, Arthur (Dottie) McGraw, Juanita (James) Patton and Russell McGraw; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Helen, he was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Gregory McGraw; four brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Highway, Adrian. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian. Burial will take place at Flatwoods Cemetery, Berry, Ala. A special thank you to his granddaughter, Helena, and Hospice of Lenawee for both their excellent care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bill's family for his hospice care. www.PurseFuneralHome.com.
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