Bobby "Bob" Otha Graham


June 21, 1939 ~ May 11, 2024

Born in: Newberry County, South Carolina
Resided in: Nashville, Tennessee

Bobby Otha Graham – age 84, passed away May 11, 2024 surrounded by his loved ones in Nashville, TN.

Survived by his wife of 41 years, Sheila Anderson Graham; sons Bobby (Kari) Otha Graham Jr., Tony (Frances) Graham, daughter Lori (Allen) Timmons; grandchildren Hailey (Travis) Campbell, Mary Elizabeth (Shane) Easterling, and Daniel Graham. Sisters-in-law: Terrie (Rick) Welch, Aneece (Bo) Wilkerson, brother-in-law Robert (Barbara) Anderson, Jr. and father-in-law, Robert Anderson, Sr. “Uncle Bob” was lovingly adored by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest Otha Graham and Eunice Pearl Ringer Graham, five brothers and six sisters, one of whom, Essie Graham Richardson with her husband, Ed Richardson, took on the role of parents to Bobby after his mother’s untimely death.

Bob served in the United States Air Force for six years before pursuing a twenty-five year banking career as Vice President with First American National Bank and Commerce Union Bank. Bob will forever be remembered for being a man of his word, his enduring loyalty to friends throughout his entire life, and his deep love of every member of his family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, May 20, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 21, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Western Hills Church 7565 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held following Tuesday’s visitation officiated by the Reverend Betsy Neely Sikma. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Western Hills Church with burial to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221.
Pallbearers will be Brian Bishop, Mark Cullum, Richard Welch, Rick Welch, II, John (Bo) Wilkerson, and John Austin Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers Larry Wayne Deason and Robert E. Anderson, Sr.

Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104, Nashville, TN 37209. (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.


Visitation: May 20, 2024 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Visitation: May 21, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Celebration of Life: May 21, 2024 1:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Graveside: May 21, 2024 2:30 pm

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens
9090 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

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  1. I am so sorry to learn of Uncle Bob’s passing. I know Andy, Pepa, and sweet Granny welcomed him in the Pearly Gates. I will always treasure our time together when we visited Nashville.
    Much love,

  2. Bob Graham was a legendary banker. There were always lines of young bankers waiting to receive Bob’s advice and wisdom. If you were his friend, you were his friend for life. Bob had such an important impact on so many people throughout his career. I will always remember his warmth and friendship.

    • Lori… I’m so sorry about your Dad’s passing. But I’m so glad you two had an opportunity to connect. I love you and wish you and the whole family peace and love.
      Pat Beach

  3. Bobby and Kari,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and love to you and your family. Love you guys.

    Kristine and Ethan

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