NOLAN LEE GRAHAM
A memorial service honoring the life of Nolan Lee Graham, age 89, of Enid, is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Lillie officiating. Services are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Nolan was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Enid, Okla., the oldest son of Lloyd and Lucille Graham, and peacefully passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, due to a sudden illness. Nolan was a lifelong resident of Enid. He was a graduate of Enid High School and Enid Business College.
Nolan married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Kelley, on Jan. 18, 1950, and they were married just short of 70 years. Together, they raised two sons, Dickie Lynn and Tommy Dean.
Nolan worked with his father Lloyd Graham in their own car business before beginning his 39-year banking career at Central National Bank in Enid, where he retired.
Nolan was an avid car lover that started in his youth. He loved hot rods and was a member of the legendary Enid Playboys Car Club in the '50s. He also loved race cars and was a fan of Enid Speedway and other tracks around the southwest. Over the course of his lifetime, he worked with many of his beloved car buddies in building many different cars. His friendships with all his car buddies were like his second family and have been sorely missed as they passed in life.
Nolan was an accomplished bowler, and participated in bowling league action until into his 70s. He also served his community in being a member of the Enid Lions Club for many years. He spent many summers assisting with the operation of the Meadowlake Park amusement rides.
In addition to his love of cars, he and Betty loved going to Branson for five decades. They took great pride in having annual season passes to Silver Dollar City, The Presley's and Baldknobber's country music shows. Nolan could have easily been a Branson historian or tour guide.
Nolan was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Graham, and his father, Lloyd Graham. Nolan is survived by his wife, Betty, of Enid; two sons, Dickie Graham and wife Janice, of Ft. Worth, TX; Tommy Graham and wife Rhonda, of Tulsa, OK; four grandchildren, Darrell Graham and wife Anne, of Ft. Worth, TX; Mellisa Kurtz and husband Brian, of Southlake, TX; Emily Myers and husband Josh, of Moore, OK; Eric Graham, of Johnston, IA; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Asher, Aubree, Marshall, Linlee and soon to be a sixth great-grandchild on the way. He also leaves a brother, Ronald Graham and wife Margaret, of Denver, CO; and a niece, Susan Barton of Denver, CO.
Memorial contributions in Nolan's name may be made to the charity of choice with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com.
Published on November 12, 2019

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Paul McElligott
Nov 15, 2019
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Joyce Rush
Nov 14, 2019
Betty, I'm so sorry we cannot make Nolan's service. I will always remember the sparkle in his eyes or the grin on his face over something funny or he was about to say or do! Know that you are in our prayers. Love you!
Roger Coulter
Nov 14, 2019
So sorry to hear about Nolan's passing. Nancy & I will be unable to attend the services but know that your all are in our hearts and minds. Prayers for the family.
Leland Snell
Nov 14, 2019
I am saddened to learn of Nolan's passing!
He was a valued acquaintance and I enjoyed visiting with him!
He was a very supportive customer of my restaurant business!
I had not seen him for many years, but he will be fondly remembered!
Don & Eloie Bleakley
Nov 13, 2019
Neighbors for many, many years. This neighborhood is going to miss those evening driveway chats with our great friend Nolan. He will be missed.
Horace Stutchman
Nov 12, 2019
Nolan and I along with many of our neighbors spent any evenings in his driveway solving the world's problems. I glad I had that opportunity to share time with him.