Fred Allen McGraw, 86, died on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter.

He was born on March 8, 1936, in Harpersville, Alabama, a son of the late Richard Thomas McGraw Sr. and Lallouise Florey McGraw.

He was preceded in death by his older brothers, James Carrol McGraw and Richard Thomas McGraw Jr.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his wife, Patricia Champion McGraw; his younger brother, John Oscar McGraw (Grace); daughters, Indria McGraw Pless (Matthew) and Dr. Jennifer McGraw McFaddin (Ansel); grandchildren, Jon-Luke Pless, Julie Pless, Katelyn McFaddin Dean (Nick) and John McFaddin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred McGraw grew up in Vincent, Alabama. While in high school, he served as a page in the U.S. Senate for Sen. John Sparkman. He began his college career at Howard College and completed his studies at Samford University, where he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Afterward, he moved his young family to Grove Hill, Alabama, where he and Pat lived for 50 years. He was employed by City Drugs and Fulton Pharmacy. He was a member of the Jaycees and the Masons. He was a faithful member of Grove Hill Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher and was actively involved with the prison ministry. In 2016, he and Pat moved to Sumter to be closer to their daughter. He was a resident at National Healthcare in Sumter, when he went on to meet Jesus.

The family is planning a memorial celebration in Alabama.

Memorials may be made to the organization of one's choice.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.