J. Horace Graham
December, 1917 - February 5, 1978

From Loris Centennial 1887 - 1987 Souvenir Book

The late J. Horace Graham, son of John R. and Carrie Cox Graham, was born December, 1917, in Loris. He attended the public schools of Loris and graduated from Loris High School.

After graduation from high school Graham sold insurance for Liberty Life Insurance Company and continued in this position until World War II during which he served in the Army and the Merchant Marine.

Upon returning to Loris after the war, Graham became a salesman for H. Clay Hughes Store, remaining with Hughes for approximately three years. At the end of this time he resigned to accept a sales position with the newly opened Carolina Furniture Company.

Graham proved to be a successful salesman. After several years at Carolina Furniture Company he resigned to enter business with his brother Harvey. They sold chemicals, fer- tilizers, and crop insurance. The closest feed mill was in Clinton, NC, so the Graham brothers decided to build their own. The business was named Graham Brothers Farm Supply Store.

The volume done by the feed mill increased yearly. To handle this ever expanding business the staff increased from four to ten. In September, 1955, an east coast magazine, The Eastern Feed Merchant, stated, "Horace and Harvey Graham have an up-and-coming feed business." The rapid growth of the mill was a result of grinding and mixing services which the Grahams offered the farmers, according to this article. The magazine commended them on their good merchandising ideas.

In 1962 Horace, along with his brother Harvey, bought the Brick Warehouse. This warehouse and the Graham Brothers Farm Supply Store have provided many services to the farmers of this area. They have been a source for the farmers' fertilizer and chemicals, as well as grinding and mixing feed for their livestock. In 1966 they built a grain elevator for corn and soybeans. The full importance of these services to the farmer isn't appreciated fully until one learns that these products were sold and services rendered on credit with no interest charged.

Not only was Graham interested in the agricultural sector of the Loris area, but he also made contributions which helped the entire community. He was an organizer of the Loris Rescue Squad, a Director of the Horry County National Bank, and part owner of The Loris Sentinel. Graham was a member of Loris Post No. 41, American Legion, Woodmen of the World, and Loris First Baptist Church. He married the former Estelle Smith from Aynor, SC. They had one son, the late Robert D. Graham of Houston, TX. J . Horace Graham died in Loris on February 5, 1978.

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