Donald Avon Graham

Published 5:05 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

Donald Avon Graham, 81 of Clanton, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 11.

He was born in Foxworth, Miss., on Oct. 17, 1932.

Graham was a lifelong member of the Clanton community, and his earnest religious faith was evident to everyone he met.

His life of Christian charity was complemented by his deep patriotism; he served four years in the Air Force and 16 years as a Seabee in the Naval Reserve.

Graham also worked as a heavy equipment operator for more than 30 years before retiring, and was an active member of Heritage Church of the Nazarene. After retirement, he loved to be outdoors, specifically, growing award-winning sugar cane and selling peaches.

Graham was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. C.N. Graham; mother, Sarah Elizabeth McDonald; sister, Nora Ineta Taylor; and sister, Shasta Lee Wyatt.

Survivors include wife of 32 years, Carolyn Ruth Graham of Clanton; brother, James Cecil Graham (Derrell); sons, Glen Graham (Leah) and Mike Graham (Alice); daughter, Talitha Wallace (Shawn); and grandchildren, Sarah and Isaac Graham.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1–3 p.m. at Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home in Clanton.

A service will follow visitation at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home with the Rev. Lyle Geist and the Rev. Kenneth Graham presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following: CareNet, 1622 Seventh St. N., #134 Clanton, AL 35045; Isabella Volleyball, 11338 County Road 15 Maplesville, AL 36750; Pleasant Grove MP Church – Belize Missions, 8907 County Road 37 Clanton, AL 35045.

Final care and arrangements entrusted to Ellison-Cleckler Funeral Home of Clanton.