• Woodford Sun Staff Report


Dr. William James Graul Jr., 90, husband of Sally Jo Lane Graul, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. at his residence in Versailles.

Born on Oct. 26, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of William James Graul Sr. and Anita Dorothy Kimmell Graul. He was a graduate of Lafayette High, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served from 1951 to 1956. He was a 1957 graduate of Transylvania University of Lexington, a 1961 graduate of Louisville School of Medicine, and served his internship in 1962 at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was a longtime community physician in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Craig S. Graul, D.O, Bristol, Tennessee; and John (Jennifer) Andrew Graul, Shelbyville; a daughter, Sabrea (Chris) Rivette, River Ridge, Louisiana; two sisters, Jackie Judge, Queenstown, Maryland and Marilyn (John) Smith, Eldorado, Illinios; daughter-in-law, Lizsa Vickers Graul, Versailles; seven grandchildren, Ashli Graul, Leslie Graul, Joshua Passons, Cooper Catalanotto, Christian Graul, Stephen Tyler Graul, DMD and Jenna True; and several great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brent Graul.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors was held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the one of the following: Woodford County Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles, Ky. 40383; Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Paynes Mill Road, Versailles, Ky. 40383; or Bluegrass Care Navigators, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, Ky. 40383.

Family and friends may leave messages of condolence and share memories on his tribute page at www.blackburnandward.com.

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