For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good
fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown
of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:6-8 (KJV)
Cleo Graham, the son of the late Toney Graham, Sr. and Winnie Britton Graham, was born on
February 1, 1930 in Florence County, South Carolina. He passed quietly into his eternal rest
March 1, 2022 at Lake City Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his loving wife,
the late Evangelist Alberta Graham, and son, Cleo Graham, Jr.
Cleo attended the Florence County Public Schools of Lake City, South Carolina. After high
school, he married the late Evangelist Alberta Graham and traveled to Washington, D.C., where
they resided for over forty-two years. There, he became a member of Refreshing Springs Church
of God in Christ. Cleo also joined and served in the United States Army from 1949 to 1952. He
then went on to attend Armstrong Technical College and was employed by Osmann Bakery for
thirty-two years. Once he returned home to South Carolina, he attended and was a member of
Mount Beulah United Methodist Church.
His memories will be cherished by: three brothers: Kirkland Graham, LaRue Graham of
Englewood, New Jersey, and Toney Graham, Jr., M.D. of Lake City, South Carolina; grandson,
Jamil Graham and granddaughter, Vaneis Graham; two great-grandsons, Avion Graham-Cruze
and Aria Graham-Cruze, from New Jersey; a brother-in -law, Alfred Curtis Graham(AC); three
sister-in- laws, Clazy Mae Graham, Genevieve Graham and Debra Graham from Lake City,
South Carolina and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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