Larry Graham

Profile Updated: December 10, 2014
Larry Graham
Residing In: Orlando, FL USA
Occupation: Retired Professor of Music
Children: Stephanie-35
Laura-30
Jennifer-28
Military Service: USMCR  
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In 1963, I graduated from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, USMCR. (Married in 1962 before graduation; daughter born, 1963). Active duty in Marine Corps as an Aviation Supply Officer, being stationed at various Marine bases throughout the nation, in addition to a one-year tour of duty at Okinawa, Japan and Da Nang, Vietnam (1964-65). Released from active duty at the rank of Captain in June, 1967, at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, NC, where I served as Senior supply officer for 4 helicopter squadrons, 3 F4B Phantom Fighter squadrons, and 2 A3D Skyhawk squadrons. Moved to Gainesville, FL, graduating from the University of Florida with a Masters in Music Education in 1968.
I was recruited as a Professor of Music for Central Florida Community College in Ocala, FL (1968-69), then at Valencia Community College in Orlando (1969-2003). When we moved from temporary quarters to the new campus, I wrote a song of celebration (“O Sing Unto the Lord”) that was performed by the chorus.
I was divorced in 1974 and remarried in 1977. Three daughters were born of that marriage, all of whom now live in Orlando. My oldest daughter has 4 children (3 daughters and a son); middle daughter is divorced; youngest daughter has 2 children (a daughter and a son). I was divorced in 1997 and remarried in March, 2003, having found the love of my life through the internet (Christian Café) – highly recommended! I also “acquired” her two sons, as well as their children and a very loving and compassionate extended family. One stepson lives with his family in Plano, TX (with 3 sons), and the other lives down the street from me (with his wife and daughter) in southeast Orlando. I retired from Valencia in August of 2003, after having moved to my present address in February of that same year.
In 2004, my beautiful wife, Terri, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and fought it bravely for thirty-four months, finally succumbing to the disease in April, 2008. Ironically, she had been very active for over 20 years with the American Cancer Society, having first been the president of the Mahoning County, Ohio Chapter of the ACS, ending her career with them after having risen to the position of National Chair. She also was a recipient of the St. George Medal for outstanding contributions of leadership to the control and eventual eradication of cancer.
Although the Lord gave me only 5 years with Terri, they were years filled with mutual devotion, growth in spiritual wisdom, love and an acute awareness that God had brought us together. Our relatives and friends were as convinced as we that our lives really counted for God. If it had not been for our having reinforced and cemented our love and devotion to God as well as our love and devotion to each other, I most likely would have become exceedingly bitter and very vocal about my anger for His having taken her from me. But I am constrained by the assurance that His perfect plan must have preeminence. He knows what is best. I have a peace and assurance of where Terri is, and that she also was pain-free when she left this world to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2008.
I fill my spare time several ways: in the company of my daughters and their families, as well as my new “step-sons” and their children; fishing; yard work; photography; genealogy; musical composition; reading; volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity; and travel. I’m an avid reader and ardent student of history, being especially intrigued with the lives of great men of faith. Other subjects are genealogy, biographies and chronicles of great wars.

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24
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Jul
03
6:48 PM

Happy Birthday, Max! Hope you had a fantastic celebration!

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13
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Apr
24
5:12 PM

Hi, Frances ~ Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday and a great celebration with your family.

All the best!

Larry

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Apr
15
6:02 PM

Hi, Jackie ~ Welcome to the site. Hope everything is going well for you. Drop me a line if you get a chance.

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Feb
18
8:33 PM

Charles' passing is such a tragedy. He had a house in Clermont near Orlando and over the past 2 years or so we would get together for reminiscing and catching up on each other's activities. I wish we had had more opportunities to visit. Had that been a reality, perhaps I could have learned of his bout with cancer and said or done something to lessen the struggle he was experiencing. But, as John Greenleaf Whittier wrote so poignantly,

"For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been'.”

If it would be of any tribute to Charles, his passing serves to redouble my efforts to plumb the depths of the relationships that I currently experience with family and friends and to take nothing for granted.  It also gives me further resolve to let my love for others be readily apparent through both word and deed.

Charles was a very bright, congenial and engaging gentleman; he will be missed deeply.

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06
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Jan
13
6:19 PM

Happy Birthday, my friend! Hope it's one of the best you've ever had. Have a great New Year.

Larry

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Dec
30
12:00 PM

Happy Birthday, Margaret. Hope you have a really great celebration with friends and family. While I'm at it, "Happy New Year!!"

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Dec
28
12:16 PM

Happy Birthday, Bob! Hope you and your family have a great celebration together.
Happy New Year, too!

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Dec 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Happy birthday, Mike! All the best to you and your family. Have a great New Year, too.

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Dec
17
3:39 PM

Happy Birthday, Duane! Hope you have the best celebration. Merry Christmas; Happy New Year!!

Larry

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13
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Dec
10
5:02 PM

Happy Birthday, George. The very best to you. Hope you and your family are doing well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Dec 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Wishing you an early birthday, Duane. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!