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Mark Graham

The family of Mark Graham of Dutchtown, will honor him with a private service at the family home. Arrangements were handled by Liley Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.

Mark, 63, passed away Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, after an eight-month battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family on his beloved hill. He was born July 22, 1958, in Poplar Bluff, to Homer Graham and Colleen Graham.

Mark was a man of his word and enjoyed the years he spent growing his company, Graham Hauling of Cape Girardeau. His greatest pride and joy were his two daughters and his loving bunch of grandchildren. In his free time, he loved nothing more than taking them fishing, making homemade ice cream, supervising naptime and giving them their daily dose of donuts and fudge bars.

His loving survivors include his mother, Colleen Graham of Okeechobee, FL, two daughters, Heather (Jeff) Brockert of Parkville, and Markelle (Matt) Rehan of Dutchtown, grandchildren, Braden, Stella, Jameson, McLaine, Abilene and his newest pride, Weston (baby Pete), siblings include brother Rick (Kim) Graham of Patterson and sisters, Lois (Mark) Kasten of Dutchtown and Sally (Chris) Tegtmeyer and Maggie (Barry) Rodgers, both of Okeechobee, FL. He was preceded in death by his father, Homer Graham and his brother, David Graham.

If you knew Mark, you knew that his heart and his home were always open. All you had to do was pull up a seat at the table, and you became a part of his family forever. There was always plenty of fried fish and Stag to go around.

We take comfort in knowing that he is resting high on his mountain, exploring the rugged wilderness, discovering new lands, new adventures and his newfound freedom until we meet again PawPaw.

The family asks for donations to Open Outdoors for kids, an organization that helps kids across the country experience the beauty of the great outdoors. To donate, visit


Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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