Former state Sen. Graham dies at 75

NEW ALBANY — Former state Sen. Walter A. “Pud” Graham has died. He was 75.

Graham died at his home in New Albany Saturday after being in the hospital the previous week, undergoing a medical procedure.

Officials with United Funeral Service said services would be held today at Ingomar Baptist Church in New Albany with burial in Vista Memorial Park.

Graham served in the state Senate from 1984 to 1996. He was Senate president pro tem from 1992 until 1996. He did not seek re-election, opting instead for what would be an unsuccessful run in 1995 for agriculture commissioner.

Graham was first elected to the Senate as a Democrat, but later changed to the Republican Party.

Survivors include his wife, Erma Graham; two sisters and two brothers.

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