Former 5NEWS General Manager Edward “Gene” Graham Dies At 82

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A longtime member of the 5NEWS family passed away last week, Edward Eugene “Gene” Graham.

Graham, who lived in Fort Smith, died Saturday (Dec. 19) at the age of 82.

Graham worked with several news stations around the nation before making 5NEWS his home in 1976, when he and his family moved to Fort Smith. He spent 24 years at the station, retiring as president and general manager in 2000.

“Those of us at KFSM who had the good fortune to work with Gene Graham benefited from his leadership and professionalism,” said Van Comer, current 5NEWS general manager.  “His profound contribution to our success will live on.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Graham is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret. He is also leaving four sons, Troy Graham, Ed Graham and wife Marta Fonseca, Eric Graham and wife Holly, and Steve Graham and wife Ashley; two brothers, Leland Graham and wife Patti, and Clarence Graham and wife Betty; and seven grandchildren, Ryan, Alyssa, Will, McLaine, Carmen, Jonathan and Jackson.

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 23) at First United Methodist Church Sanctuary.