Jimmie W. Gragg, 79, died Monday afternoon at his home. The celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Prospect Baptist Church.
Jimmie was born Dec. 28, 1933. the son of Thomas J. and Nora (Eads) Gragg. He attended schools in Latham and graduated in 1951. He also attended Butler Community College. After graduation he worked for the Skelly, Getty, Texaco refineries as the superintendent of the chemistry lab retiring in 1980. During the Korean War he served his country in the United States Army.
Jimmie always put his heart and soul in all his hobbies. He was a faithful husband, father, and grandfather, carpenter, farmer, musician, hunter and fisherman. He loved playing with his friends in the pool league.
He was a very accomplished musician. He learned to play the violin at the age of five and he was also a self-taught Dobro player. He loved the Bluegrass and gospel music. He played with Mark Johnson at the El Dorado dinner theatre He enjoyed sharing his talent of music with churches and nursing homes. Another passion was coaching children in baseball, basketball, and all sports.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley of the home; one daughter and husband, Judy and John Sibley of El Dorado; grandsons, Joel Sibley of El Dorado and Jarratt and wife Ashley Nelson; and great granddaughter, Paige Nelson.
Services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Harms officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Lawns Cemetery. Casket Bearers included Jarrett Nelson, Joel Sibley, Robert Cody, Rex Gragg, Bobby Gragg and Jason Gragg. Military honors was provided by Ft. Riley Army Honor Guard.
If you would like to share a memory about Jimmie please go to www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com The family wanted to thank everyone who helped during his illness and death. God Bless The Jimmie Gragg family.