OKOLONA – Richard Dale Graham, 61, died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at his residence under the care of Legacy Hospice. Born on Oct. 25, 1952, in Waukegan, Ill., he was a son of Evelyn Creekmore Ermis and the late Charles W. Graham.
He was a graduate of Zion-Benton, Ill., High School. Before becoming disabled, he had worked as a machinist and tool and die maker with MTD Manufacturing, Verona and Paslode, Pontotoc. He was a child of God. Living his life to the fullest, he enjoyed fishing, painting, playing the guitar, country music and watching wrestling on television with his mom.
Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Ermis of Okolona; daughter, Shannon Burks of Amory; sons, Jason Burks of Memphis and Shawn Graham of Waukesha, Wis.; grandson, Reese Burks of Amory; sisters, Carolyn Parish (Jerry) of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Lynda Bergman of Tupelo; brother, Charles H. Graham (Debbie) of Orlando; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Hatley Cemetery with Bro. Thomas Neal officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.