Sunset: August 3, 2022
A Time to Be Born: Mark Graham was born to the late Mr. Albert and Mrs. Lue Miller Graham on March 25, 1958, in Florence County. As a young boy confronted with life challenges, he had a strong will and conquered those challenges. Mark loved his family and friends. His life was devoted to serving God, and he served his country, and bravely served our communities by keeping us safe. He especially loved songs of love. His favorite was “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion.
A Time to Plant: Mark graduated from Florence District 3 school system. After graduating from high school, Mark chased his dreams to serve in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, in Fort Bragg, NC as a Paratrooper. After military services, he married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Gamble. Together, they had two sons: Nahshon and Rahshad. Mark was a serious and private person. He continued serving his community with Florence County Sheriff Department as a Criminal Investigator for more than 20 years. The Optimist Club of Florence presented him with an award for “Outstanding Police Officer of the Year” (1989-90). During his military and law enforcement years, he received prestigious accolades for his services. Mark was dedicated and successful at the task that was given to him. After retiring from law enforcement, he continued his public service as Constable for Florence County Magistrate Court, Security Guard for Florence Darlington Technical College and security for various places. Mark was a devoted husband and father. He was a counselor to his nieces, nephews, and young people. He wasn’t boisterous but willing to help others when needed.
A Time to Worship: At an early age, he was a member of Mount Beulah United Methodist Church. While serving in the US Army at Fort Bragg, Mark was fortunate to meet a cousin, Sylvester Butler, who taught him the Gospel of Christ, and from that time he began to share it with others. After moving back home, he worked closely with other ministries in continuing to share the good news. After years of uncommitted service to God, Mark was blessed to rededicate his life back to God. He was added back to the Church of Christ, under the leadership of Minister Halbert Tucker. Mark was not a man of many words, but in sharing the Gospel of Christ to others he spoke through passing out CDs of encouraging sermons to those that were unable to go out to worship services. He did door knocking to invite people to Gospel meetings. He looked forward to Thursday Night Bible Conference calls and invited others to join to learn more about God’s Word.
A Time to Die: Mark, known as “Remmy” to family members and “Bubba on the Street” to law enforcement, was a caring, giving, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, and friend. He left this world peacefully at McLeod Regional Medical Center Florence, SC on August 3, 2022, at age 64. His parents, Mr. Albert Graham, Sr. and Mrs. Lue Miller Rice Graham, and one sibling, Mrs. Annie Laura Graham Cooper, preceded him in death.
A Time to Mourn: Left to cherish everlasting memories of him are his wife Mrs. Carolyn Graham, 41 years of marriage; two sons: Nahshon (Pamela) Graham of McDonough, Georgia and Rahshad (Cherry) Graham of Lake City, SC; six grandchildren; Jahniyah, Kalana, Rontrell, Jordan, Sean, and Laila, one brother: Albert (Verlene) Graham, Jr. of Lake City, SC; four sisters: Mary McNair, Rebecca Graham, and Gwendolyn (Earnest) Fleming of Lake City, SC, and Norma (Carlton) Parker of Ellenwood, GA; one sister-in-law; Emma Bradford of Lake City, SC; one brother-in-law, Matthew (Audrey) Gamble, Jr. of Fort Wayne, IN; one uncle; Reverend Matthew Brown of Lake City, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, relatives and friends.