Jimmie Phillip Gragg, 70, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007, at Moore-Few Rehabilitation Center in Nevada. He was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Nevada, Mo., to Clarence Howard Gragg and Emma Juanita McGehee Gragg. He married Shirley Jean Callison on June 12,1954, in Nevada, Mo., and she survives of the home.
Jim attended Appleton City Schools. He served in the Army from 1955-1957, spending one year in Germany. He lived all of his married life in Nevada. He was the pastor of the "Church of God Holiness" in Nevada for 30 years. Me also attended the Church of the Nazarene in Nevada for the past six years. Jim was a saddle maker for years making beautiful hand made saddles and tack. He worked as a road superintendent for Snyder Construction Company, Joplin, Mo., for 32 years and the last eight years he worked for Frissen Construction Company, Peoria, Ill. Jim was a member of the Construction Labor Union Local No. 663 for 47 years.
He was a very devoted Christian, avid hunter and loved to spend time with his grandchildren always attending all of their school activities. He will be deeply missed by all of his family, relatives, and a host of friends.
Survivors in addition to his wife Shirley include two sons. Phi Hip Gragg and his wife, Becky, Nevada. Mo., and Michael Gragg and his wife., Linda, Nevada, Mo.: one daughter. Sandra Patrick, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; grandchildren, Justin Gragg and his wife, Amy, Blue Springs, Mo., Sabrina Nikodim and her husband. Brian, Joplin, Mo., Lars Patrick, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Ariel Patrick, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Mikel Gragg, Nevada, Mo., and Nathan Gragg, Nevada; one great-grandson, Zane Gragg, Blue Springs, Mo.; one brother, Donald Gragg, Belton, Mo., and two sisters, Naomi Parsons, Overland Park, Kan., and Alice Holland, Huntington, W. Va., He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Virtle Gragg and Harlan Gragg; one sister, Bonnie Sharp along with one brother. Virgil and one sister, Polly Ann in infancy,
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada, Mo. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7-8 p.m, on Tuesday evening, July 31, 2007, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society in care of Ferry Funeral Home. Nevada, Mo.
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