03/07/05 — DORIS E. GRAHAM

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Doris Ezzell Graham, 84, a native and lifelong resident of Goldsboro passed on to the Lord on Monday, March 7, 2005, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro.

She was the widow of William Everette "Bill" Graham of Goldsboro and formerly of St. Matthews, SC.

Mrs. Graham owned and operated Graham and Sons Plumbing Company, along with her husband, Bill Graham, in Goldsboro for over three decades. She also was a private duty nurse for over twenty years. Mrs. Graham was a foster parent in Wayne County and surrounding counties. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved to cook and was praised for the food she prepared, but was well known for the many pots of tea she made for the neighborhood kids. Never a harsh word, and always a loving and encouraging gentle spirit, she provided a home and warmth to many children other than her own. Many children in the area grew up calling her Aunt Doris and through the coming years, she was affectionately known to all those around her as "Grandma" and "Mema Doris."

She was a person of strength, courage, integrity and love. She loved her family, she loved life, and she always gave praise to God. "Well Done Thy Good and Faithful Servant."

Mrs. Graham was a member of the Eastern Star, a charter member of Jefferson United Methodist Church but in her declining years, she attended Eureka Christian Church in the Dobbersville area of Wayne County.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Purvis and Rev. Doug Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her parents, George Allen Ezzell and Carrie Bell Thompson Ezzell; two brothers, Jack Ezzell and D.J. Ezzell; two sisters, Bernice Ezzell Davis and Erma Nadine Ezzell.

She is survived by four sons and four daughters, William Stuart "Bill" Graham and wife, Patricia; Gerald Davis Graham and wife, Bea; Timothy Ray Graham and wife, Sheryl; Glenn Allen "Buddy" Graham and wife, Lura; Linda Graham Hooks and husband, Ken; Ernestine Graham Whitehurst, Judith Graham Britt; and Laura Graham Darwin; twenty-three grandchildren, William Stuart Graham II and Brandi; Jason Scott Graham and wife, Margeaux; Michael Brent Graham; Tracie Lynn Davis, Kari Anne Davis, Jaimee Bernice Davis, Timothy Ray Graham II, Kimberly Ann Graham, Peter Austin Nosay, Catherine Lee Graham, Rachael Danial Graham, Zachary William Graham, Shannon Hooks Sylvain and husband, John, Stephanie Hooks Boland and husband, Keith, Jonathan David Graham Hooks, Gerald Monroe Whitehurst, Jr. and wife, Tammy, Shawn Eric Whitehurst, Jessica Whitehurst Abbot and husband, Rick, Michael Eugene Britt, Jr., Olivia Michelle Britt, Kristen Britt Bunn and husband, Gary, Beecher Graham Britt, Roxanne Leigh Darwin, Brittany Jane Darwin, Travis Rose Darwin; thirteen great-grandchildren, Dalton Stuart Graham, Morgan Paige Graham, Tyler Patrick Whisenant, Brianna Nicole Davis, Darian Saige Beasley, Dylan Paul Beasley, Riley Michelle Sylvain, Emma Ryan Sylvain, Kyle Lee Graham Bunn, Dyllyn Kane Bunn, Maddox Ross Darwin, Ella Grace Whitehurst, Collin Abbot; two sisters, Aline Ezzell Lavin and Annette Ezzell Thayer; and two sisters-in-law, Marie Ezzell and Alice Ezzell.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Kenneth Hooks will serve as an honorary pallbearer and will offer Mrs. Graham to our Lord.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 until 9 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at the home of Bill Graham, 100 Crescent Drive, Dudley, throughout the days before burial. On the day of the burial, family and friends will gather at the home of Gerald Davis Graham, 125 Trappers Run Drive, Goldsboro, where they will leave for services.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on March 7, 2005 2:18 PM