Charles William Graham

November 16, 2017

CHARLOTTE - Charles William Graham passed away at his home in Charlotte, NC on November 16, 2017 at the age of 78. He was the son of the late Donald Emmett Graham and Mary Louise Graham. Charles grew up in Charlotte, graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and attended VPI in Richmond, Virginia.

He was an amazingly generous, kind and loving man to his family, friends and strangers. Charles was a loving grandfather to his grandchildren. He enjoyed delivering Friendship Trays and often paid for someone's meal in a restaurant without them knowing who did it. He loved and served people in a way that made Jesus smile. If you met him, you left a better person.

Charles loved sharing his artwork with his children and grandchildren. He loved walking and talking to his fur baby, Bailey. Charles enjoyed playing golf in Charlotte and the beach. As a teenager he won many trophies in competition and even caddied at Carmel Country Club.

Charles is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Betty Graham; four children, Jennifer McGinnis and her husband, Stephen, of Fort Mill, SC, Kevin Graham and wife, Nicole Salimbene of Bronxville, New York, David Hollifield and his wife, Jayne of Pineville, NC, Anna Hollifield and partner, Charlie Cover of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Kyle Baxter, Clay Baxter, Ben Hollifield and Will Graham.

A service to celebrate Charles’ life will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 in the sanctuary of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 or Friendship Trays, 2401-A Distribution St. Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Charles Wyatt

    I lived across Woodland Drive from the Graham family: Charles (we called him Willie), Donnie, Tommy and Mary Lou. We played a lot of football in their front yard in the Fifties-- camped out in the woods where Eastway Jr. High is now, dammed up the creek--built a swimming hole and a diving platform. Like the Grahams, my family moved out in the County, and Charles and I remained best of friends. He and I double-dated a lot over those years. Charles had a great sense of humor. His father, Don, Sr taught our Sunday School Class at Commonwealth Presbyterian Church(now part of a cloverleaf intersection of Eastway Dr., Commonwealth Ave., and Independence Blvd). Charles had the neatest Popcorn Factory off South Tryon St. in an old Boxcar. I miss our friendship..................I am sure you miss him too, Betty.......................May the Lord come along side you, comfort you, and bring you His Peace. Chuck Wyatt, Flat Rock, NC

  • Sarah Propes

    Thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Went to school with Charles at East Meck.

  • Marie Warren

    I had the pleasure of knowing Charles through his promotional products company years ago. He was always friendly and provided great service. My condolences to the family.