The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 28, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012



Michael J. McGraw

 On Saturday, Nov. 24th, 2012, Michael J. “Mike” McGraw, 65, of McGraws, died at home following a long battle with cancer. He was born February 5, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the late Marvin “Jack” McGraw and Lois Wittemann.

Mr. McGraw was a lifelong educator who started his career in the Wyoming County School System teaching briefly at Pineville Junior High and for several years at Oceana High School. He then became Director and later Dean of the Wyoming County Campus of Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College. He retired from Southern as Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2005. He was a 1965 graduate of Glen Rogers High School and graduated from Concord College in 1969 with a BS Degree in Biological and General Sciences. He received a Master’s Degree from the WV College of Graduate Studies and continued his education at Harvard University’s Institute for Management of Lifelong Education.

He was active in community affairs and was Chairman of the Wyoming County Youth Camp; Chairman of the Ravencliff- McGraws- Saulsville PSD; and a member of the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. He was a hobbyist who enjoyed learning and working with his hands. He was a past president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was involved in 4-H and was a past president of the 4-H Leader’s Association as well as the WV Chapter of 4-H All-Stars. He was a member of the Glen Rogers High School Hall of Fame and Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann McGraw.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia Joan May of McGraws and three sons and their spouses: Scott and Marla McGraw of Heath, Ohio; Brian and Robin McGraw of McGraws; and Jeremy and Amanda McGraw of Moundsville. He has four grandchildren: Michael, Timothy, Allison and Lauren McGraw. He is also survived by two brothers and their spouses, Tim and Linda McGraw, and Dan and Sue McGraw, all of McGraws.

The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 28th, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Monsignor Samuel Sacus of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley will be presiding. Prayers will also be offered by Pastor Dwayne Hurd of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Ravencliff. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Thursday.

The honor of carrying Mike per his wishes has been given to his three sons, Scott, Brian, and Jeremy, his two brothers, Tim and Dan; brother-in-law, Steve May, and friend of the family, Jackie Irick of Glen Fork.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of the Raleigh Regional Cancer Center and Hospice of Southern WV.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. McGraw asked that donations be made to the Wyoming County Youth Camp, Inc., c/o First Community Bank, PO Box 249, Pineville, WV 24874.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

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