Mr. Charles Graham was born unto the union of the late Mr. Robert Graham, Sr. and Mrs. Wille Mae Graham in Jackson, Mississippi on May 25, 1955. He was the tenth of eleven children.
Charles graduated from Lanier High School in 1973. He later attended Jackson State University, where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. In 1978, he married his high school sweetheart, Alline Washington and was blessed with three children. While attending college, he worked for the Jackson Police Department as a Custodian. After graduating from college, he joined the Jackson Fire Department as a Private. Charles ascended through the ranks being promoted to Lieutenant, Captain, then Deputy Cheif in charge of training. He later became the Fire Department Public Information Officer and eventually retired as a Deputy Chief. Additionally, Charles was a graduate of the National Fire Academy, worked as a Disaster Relief Analyst, and he was an expert in HAZMAT. He was also a writing contributor for the Clarion-Ledger, the recipient of numerous awards, certifications, and training. After retiring from the fire department, Charles became co-owner of Wings 911 Restaurant in South Jackson and managing partner in AA & amp E Properties, Inc.
Charles joined Christ the King Catholic Church in 1984 and served in many capacities. He was a member of Knights of Peter Claver, a volunteer for Catholic Charites, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Mentor for Junior Achievement. Charles was a dedicated servant in both Church and Church School, he sang in the choir, served on Kings Workers, and other committees. He assisted many church endeavors which included but was not limited to planting shrubbery, cutting grass, installing glass bulletin boards, and painting.
Charles' laugh was infectious. He loved to laugh, crack jokes, and was the sort of person who never met a stranger. He loved live music and always looked forward to watching his daughter Akami perform. He was widely popular and adored by his friends, children, and family. He would sing nursery rhymes to his two youngest grandchildren, and forget the words and create his own, causing them to look at him strangely. He had an outstanding work ethic, which is one of the traits his son credits for instilling in him. Charles loved competing and would challenge his daughter to fishing competitions but would always wind up with the smallest fish. Charles was a faithful believer in GOD, a loving, devoted, faithful husband before his Alline was called home on February 27, 2017, and a loving father. He also enjoyed cooking, traveling near and far, and an occasional trip to the local casinos. Charles laughter, sense of humor, words of wisdom, and love will be greatly missed by so many family and friends.
Charles Edward Graham was called home by the Lord on March 14, 2019, surrounded by some of his loving and devoted family in Jackson, Mississippi
Visitation hours will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home between the hours of 12-7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral of St. Peter, located at 123 N. West Street - Jackson, Mississippi 39201. Interment will be at Community Cemetery in Bolton, Mississippi.
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