Welcome to the memorial page for

Joseph W. McGraw

December 22, 1950 ~ December 1, 2017 (age 66)

Age 66, of New Boston, went to be with the Lord at SOMC Hospice, December 1, 2017.  He was born December 22, 1950 in New Boston to Lewis and Christina (Scowden) McGraw.  A 1968 graduate of Clay High School and then Ohio University where he received a degree in accounting, he proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.  Joe was an entrepreneur at heart and over his working career created businesses in the cable and real estate industries.  As an avid supporter of the local economy, he helped create hundreds of jobs and served on numerous task forces to promote economic development in his community.  Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at his cabin, playing golf, travelling, and reading.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather (Poppy), brother, and uncle. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary (Melvin); children, Samantha (Steve) Hamilton, Charles McGraw, Chris (Lindsey) McGraw.  He will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren, Mychael, Kiersten, Ali, Daisy, Hunter, and Paige; siblings, Peggy Holley, Danny (Cindy) McGraw, Penny (Vess) Jordan, Cheryl Jelks, Marta (Don) McGraw-Shore, Lisa Sharma, Karla Munoz, Denise McGraw, Lewis (Travis) McGraw Jr.; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Eden Park with Pastor Kenny Estep officiating.  Interment will follow in Memorial Burial Park with military honors provided by the James Dickey American Legion Post 23.  Friends may call Monday from 5 - 8 p.m. at D.W. SWICK-NELSON FUNERAL HOME in New Boston, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SOMC Hospice.  Online condolences may be sent to 

 Service Information

December 4, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
D. W. Swick - Nelson Funeral Home
1104 Harrisonville Ave. (Rt.139)
New Boston, OH 45662

Funeral Service
December 5, 2017

1:00 PM
Shawnee Hills Baptist Church
74 Hinckley Hollow Road
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

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