John LaVern Graff, 86, of Murphysboro, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
John was born on May 19, 1932, in Murphysboro, to Sherman Thomas Graff and Willa Mae (Jones) Graff.
Mr. Graff was the owner and operator or Graff’s Logging for many years
He attended AA and, for 36 years, he has maintained his sobriety. John’s family would like to thank his AA family for their support during all these years. He and family could not have made it without you.
Mr. Graff was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church.
John married Bettie Carpenter on October 10, 1952, in Murphysboro, and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters and one son, Linda Pierce of Salem, IL, Ruth (J. T. Banter) Lee of Murphysboro, and Marvin (Cheryl Schnieder) Graff of Pinckneyville;
seven grandchildren Jaben Graff, Shaina Graff, Chareassa (Adam) Kessinger, Joe Graff, Tyler Graff, Jeremy (Kourtney) Lipscomb, and Christina Lee;
four great grandchildren William, Elizabeth, Eli, and Reilly Jean; and one great grandson Ethan.
He was preceded in death by two sons Kenneth and Karl Graff, one son in law Danny Pierce, one infant grandson Alan Loos, one nephew Randy Graff, one brother Joe Graff, one sister Erma Green, two infant brothers and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Pettett Funeral Home with Pastor Adam King officiating and burial at Mt. Joy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home. For more information, please visit www.pettettfuneralhome.com.