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Thomas Franklin Graham, III

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Foxworth Cemetery in Foxworth for Thomas Franklin Graham, III, 72, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, who passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Tommy was born in Columbia, Mississippi on March 1, 1948 to the late Pauline Abbot and Thomas Franklin Graham II and was the youngest of 4 children. He grew up in Sandy Hook, MS before moving back to Columbia where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1966. He then attended Hinds Junior College in Jackson, Mississippi. In December of 1980 Tommy married his wife, Marie Kester Graham of Columbia.

Tommy’s early professional career was spent in the banking industry. After leaving the banking industry, he had a long career in the oil business serving as a lease operator for various corporations including Gulf Oil and Shell Oil Company.
Tommy was very proud of his family. He was especially proud of his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchild. His favorite pastimes included golf, baseball, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids. He was also a member of the men’s Sunday school class at the First United Methodist church.

Tommy is survived by his wife Marie Kester Graham, his son Elijah Franklin Graham and his wife Amanda, his daughters Stacey Quiriconi, Nichelle Zion and her husband Wesley, Cathy Arinder and his sisters Pam White of Clinton, MS and Ann Villeret of Jackson, MS; 6 grandchildren: William Harris, wife Haley and daughter Aubrey, Marlin Zion, Hailey Brumfield, Jadyn Eaton, Karamia Quiriconi, and Charlotte Graham; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Polly Woodward.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Thomas Franklin Graham, III
March 1, 1948 - May 16, 2020





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