First Posted: 6/24/2009
DOBSON Mr. Charles Cox Graham, 76, devoted husband of Mrs. Martha Benson Graham, of Dobson, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Forsyth County on July 30, 1932, to Dixie and Ina Prevette Graham. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Hazel Carner Graham. Mr. Graham was a retired superintendent of the Surry County School System where he served in many capacities including teaching at Dobson High School, principal at Lowgap and Copeland schools, assistant superintendent and superintendent. After his retirement, he served on the Surry County Board of Education and Dobson Town Board. In 2001, Mr. Graham was recognized by Catawba College as a distinguished alumni. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served our country during the Korean conflict. A faithful member of Dobson United Methodist Church, Mr. Graham devoted his life to God, his family and the importance of education. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 50 years, Mrs. Martha Benson Graham of the home; a daughter, Anna Graham Robinson and husband Larrie C. Robinson Jr.; a son, Charles Cox Graham II and wife Angela Scott Graham, all of Dobson; five precious grandchildren whom he adored, Mittchell, Carlie and Christian Robinson and Chase and Carter Graham; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dixie Ann and Charles Teague of Greensboro and Glenetta and Robert Milunis of Laguna, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Corine Graham of Cary; and very special friends, Don and Lou Beane. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to the medical staff at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2009, at Dobson United Methodist Church by the Rev. Kathy Earley with burial to follow at the Hollywood Cemetery in Elkin with Military Honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Honor Guard Mount Airy Post 2019 and Pilot Mountain Post 9436. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Moody-Davis Funeral Home in Dobson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charles C. Graham Educational Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 932, Dobson, NC 27017.