Charles Milton Graham, 95, of Enfield, North Carolina , passed away on July 15, 2022 at his home. He was born August 8, 1926 to Ethel West and Charles Durwood Graham in Charleston, South Carolina. At the age of six, his father took a job with the Atlantic Coastline and moved his family to Enfield where Charles grew up. He served as a Merchant Marine in WWII from 1943 to 1945 when the war ended. Charles returned to Enfield, married Dorothy Anderson and raised their five children. He worked as a tax assessor for Halifax County until his retirement. Following his wife’s death, he married Martha “Marti” Linell and they were married for 19 years. Charles was a husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather that will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel West and Charles Durwood Graham, his wife of 43 years, Dorothy Anderson Graham, a sister, Susan Melton Klopp, and a brother, Robert Graham.
Charles is survived by his wife Marti of the home , four daughters, Rhonda Graham (Kent) Holmes of Enfield, Mayre Graham (Bert ) Smith of Enfield, Dr. Carla Camille Graham of Florence, SC, Dawn Graham (Mike) Williams of Nashville, NC; a son, Steven Anderson (Diane) Graham of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two grandsons, Tanner (Amanda) Smith of Rocky Mount, Graham Williams of Nashville; two granddaughters, Haley Smith of Rocky Mount, Grahson Williams of Nashville; a great-grandson, Shepard Smith of Rocky Mt, and a brother, William (Faye) Graham of Roanoke Rapids, NC.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 2:00PM at Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield, with Rev. Stephen Bradley, officiating. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held immediately following the service at the home of Mayre and Bert Smith, 317 Batchelor Street, Enfield, NC.
“You miss them all, the greats who must go away. You miss the quiet pillar of strength. But missed the most of all are the “outrageous” ones, like our daddy, who never fit a world that seems to grow smaller with each passing generation-the bright, bold, joyous, furious ones who never unpromised, never complained. The man who would never ask, nor expected, to be long remembered, the humble man that will be never forgotten by family, or his loved small town that was Charles Graham.”
Memorial contributions may be made to Enfield United Methodist Church, 209 Whitfield Street, Enfield, NC 27823 or online Click Here or directly to Project Liberty Ship, PO Box 25846 Highlandtown Station, Baltimore, MD 21224 or online by Click Here
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Graham family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
Elmwood Cemetery in Enfield, North Carolina
Dr. Stephen Bradley will be officiating the service.
There will be a Celebration of Life Reception immediately following the service at the home of Mayre and Bert Smith, 315 Batchelor Street, Enfield, NC 27823.
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