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HARLINGEN, TX - Former Wilson Countian Joe Vernon Graber, 73, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Born July 15, 1935 in Watertown to George Garnel and Virginia Metcalf Graber, he attended Georgetown College in Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, then attended Case Western Reserve where he received a Masters of Fine Arts degree.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 24.

Mr. Graber received a Group Life and Health Insurance Certificate through the Health Insurance Association of America. He was a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter with American College.

He was managing director of the Shreveport Symphony, an organizer of the Horse Cave Repertory Company and a professor at Centenary College, New York Union, the University of W. Virginia, and Simpson College.

Survivors include: wife Cindy M. Graber; brothers Garnel Graber and Glen Graber; children Linda M. Graber, John W. Graber and Mandy W. Katz; grandchildren Erika K. McBee and William Graber; and great grandson, Jakob McBee.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by granddaughter, Rachel Jean Katz.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mangum Memorial or the Koala Club (AA), 4809 Shed Rd., Bossier City, LA 71111.

Arrangements by Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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