Howard David Graham, of Fayetteville, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Daphne, AL at the age of 97. He was born in Lexington, Georgia to Otis & Della Graham.
Howard was a WW II Navy Veteran and served on the USS Sapelo. He a member of the Masonic Lodge #286 of East Point, GA. He retired from Delta Airlines in 1982, after 38 years of employment. Howard and Marlene Tyson Graham were married for 63 years at the time of Marlene’s passing in 2016.
Having such a large servant’s heart, Howard served in numerous roles for little league baseball, a bus driver for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, volunteer firefighter, and always the first to help anyone in need. He was an honorary lifetime member of the American Legion Post 105 of Fayetteville, Georgia. His two favorite activities through the years were hunting and gardening, and he loved sharing the gifts of his labor. His greatest joy was his family.
Knowing that his mind and body are now healed and in the presence of his Lord and Savior, he is already deeply missed by his children. He would tell everyone, “I love my kids so much” and “They are all my favorite!”
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marlene, sister, Montine Gilmore and his grandson, Bradley Graham.
His is survived by his children, Vickie (Bobby) Wetherington of Daphne, AL, Randy (Susan) Graham of Gainesville, GA, Linda (Ken) Coggins of Key Colony Beach, FL and David (Debbie) Graham of Cumming, GA; six granddaughters; and seven great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Brennity for their loving care, with a special thank you to Kathryn Whitmore and Renata Miller for loving him so well.
The family will be holding a private interment at The Georgia National Cemetery with military honors by the Naval Honor Guard in the near future. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Masonic Children’s Home at 1417 Nottingham Drive Macon, GA 31211 or at https://masonichomeofgeorgia.com/ in his memory.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.
Blessings for sweet memories to flood your hearts and minds as you grieve. Praying for your entire family. What a remarkable man whose legacy loves on in you all.
We were fortunate to meet Mr. Howard many years ago. Immediately, we knew that he was a gentleman from the “old school” very kind, loving and caring of all family and friends.
We are sorry for the loss of this father, grandfather and friend.
We know he will surely rest in peace! Much love to the family!