James Richard Graddic Sr.


James Richard Graddic, Sr, 70, of Columbus, slipped away to be with the Lord on Monday, November 13, 2023. James was born March 7, 1953, to Margaret Whitener, in Columbus, Ohio.

James’ life career was as a cement finisher for Local 536. His shoes can never be filled; he was so many things to so many people. James loved the holidays and cooking big meals for his family and friends. It was a battle in the kitchen between James and Tearr. His family said that holidays would never be the same again without him.

James battled many medical issues over the last 20 years, including a kidney/liver transplant and a second kidney transplant. God was faithful to him and brought him through all his surgeries.

On April 3, 2013, Olivia, his only grandchild was born and everything changed for James. Olivia gave him a reason and a will for wanting to live despite whatever new health issues he was facing. They had an inseparable bond; all he needed to hear was, “Papa, I love you.”

James was family-oriented to all of his siblings. He was a father figure to all his nieces and nephews, especially Martin, Rodney, and Morgan. They all knew that they could count on “Uncle.”

James was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Whitener. James leaves to mourn his mother, Margaret Whitener; his wife, Tearr Graddic; his daughter, Tasha Graddic; his son James Graddic; and his granddaughter Olivia Graddic. His brother, Randy (Linette) Graddic; sisters Robbie Holmes, Diane Whitener, Marie Whitener, and Roselyn Whitener; godson, Curtis James; special brother-in-law and friend, Charles Witt; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to William “Will” Witcher for always being there to help his Uncle in his time of need.

“God saw you were getting tired and a cure was not to be.
So He put his arms around you and He whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and watched you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating.
Hardworking hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us that He only takes the best.
It’s lonely here without you.
We miss you more each day.
Life doesn’t seem the same since you went away.
When days are sad and lonely, and everything goes wrong, We seem to hear you whisper, Cheer up and carry on.
Each time we see your picture you seem to smile and say, Don’t cry, I’m in God’s hands.
We’ll meet again some day.”

Visitation will be on November 18, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and the funeral will be immediately following at Apostolic Lighthouse Temple Church, 2161 Lehner Road, Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Robert McCaskill officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Road.

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Condolence Messages

  1. My sincere condolences to the Graddic and Whitener families during this difficult time of loss. ️

  2. I am so very sorry for the loss of Mr. Graddic. I am blessed to have been part of the family for 36 years. He will definitely be missed by me.

  3. Sister Tearr and family – sending so much love to you all, and praying that the peace of God and comfort of the Holy Spirit surrounds you today, and in the days ahead. Sister Shari

  4. Brittany Nicholson

    Praying for you and your family during this hard time. May the peace of the Lord be with y’all. Love you all.

  5. Mary Lehner (Lastoskie)

    We will always remember you never forget such a hard working and vibrant man ❤️ Mary and Micheal Lastoskie, Columbus Ohio.

  6. Bishop Donald Miller

    Weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning S0 long old friend I’m going to miss you

  7. May God give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Condolences to Tear and the family.God bless you. Sis. Pamela Slater

  8. Patricia R. Miles

    On behalf of the staff and clergy of Son Rise Global Ministries, Inc., I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. James Richard Graddic, Sr. I am also sending love and prayers to our Chief Apostle Randy Graddic. May the peace of God bless you all and comfort you in your time of need.

    Pastor Patricia R. Miles, President
    Son Rise Global Ministries, Inc.

  9. Yvonne Westerfield

    To the Whitner Family
    Praying for your Loss
    Asking God to Enfold you in his faithful love
    And comfort you with cherished memories you hold dear. We know there will be no more suffering and pain James is at rest.
    Yvonne Westerfield

  10. Tearr and the rest of James’ family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Praying for strength and comfort,

  11. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May the Lord wrap you in his arms.

    Love you Tearr!

  12. Uncle. Thank. You. For. EVERYTHING!!! I truly do not have the words. So, I guess thank you is enough for now.

    Love Always,


  13. I’m so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

    Melissa Moore

  14. Vickie Glenn//Graddic

    You will be greatly missed, however your Spirit is strong and courageous.
    I thank GOD for our short time of 17 years of marrage together, with two more lives given us by GOD, and another generation of a grandchild What blessings.
    Until we meet again, safe journey.

  15. Tearr, I was so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. May God bless and comfort you and your family, know that I’m holding you all in prayer. And please know that I still remember your help and kindness to me when my father died suddenly, 30 years ago next week. You were wonderful.

  16. Condolences to the family.
    Tasha and Jim your father will always be with you in heart and soul.

  17. Tearr, our heart-felt condolences goes out to you on the loss of your husband James. The Coleman & Marshall families will keep you and the family in our hearts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

  18. Our late father, Shelly, had such a special bond with James. The two were like father and son. James became part of our family and we loved him like family. James’ wisdom, compassion, and bright smile will live with us forever.
    Joe, Sydney and Heidi Schwartz

  19. June Jones and family

    Tasha, Jim, Olivia and family, please accept our condolences for your deep loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  20. Northtowne Family Practice

    Hello to the family of Mr. James Graddic, I know that Northtown Family Practice will not mind that I share that we all will miss Mr. Graddic. He would come in always picking on all of us. He would light up our faces every time he came in. Not to long ago we had lost Mrs. Lucy and we share that with him and he was sad to here that because Mrs Lucy and the staff always did whatever Mr. Graddic needed from us. We will miss him and his sly words he would say and when he wanted act like he was mad at us we would laugh and say Mr. Graddic you know you love us. See ya later Mr. Graddic on the other side but until then we will hold our memories of you. If there is anything you need please give us a call.

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