Dateline: August 23, 2007
“Mutt” Graham, 85, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007 in
Services with Firefighter Honors
were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2007, in the First Baptist
Church in Clarendon with Rev. Darrell Burton, Odyssey Hospice Chaplain,
officiating. Burial was held at Citizens Cemetery. Services were under the
arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.
Mutt was born March 11, 1922, to
Luke and Lola Statser Graham in Crowell, Texas. He married Juanita
“Nita” Mabery on June 2, 1941, in Wheeler. Mutt began his cooking
career in the US Navy in World War II. He and his wife Nita opened their
own café, Mutt’s Café in Clarendon in 1947, which they owned and
operated for 34 years. He was a member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire
Department for 60 years and served as Chief from 1957 until 1963. He also
held other ranks and served in various offices throughout his career with
the Department. He was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Clarendon EMS
for several years. A very busy man, Mutt was also a former Mayor of
Clarendon and was a former recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Man of the
Year Award. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge #700, and
the VFW. Mutt, along with Billy Jack Land and Maurice Hart, organized the
Clarendon Little League program in the 1950s. He was a devoted husband for
66 years, a wonderful father of two, a dearly loved grandfather and great
grandfather, a precious brother and uncle to many. To know Mutt was to
love him. He was one of the beautiful people who walked among us and had
no idea that he was so special to so many.
Mr. Graham was preceded in death
by his parents; and two brothers, Earl Graham and Billy Graham.
Survivors include his wife Nita of
Clarendon; one daughter, Carol King of Spring; one son, Ted Graham of
Clarendon; two sisters, Nella Hix of Colorado and Mary Hendley of McLean;
one brother, Pete Graham of Tucumcari, NM; four grandchildren; and four
The family requests memorials be
to Odyssey Hospice or Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo.
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