Larry Graham

Profile Updated: December 10, 2014
Larry Graham
Residing In: Orlando, FL USA
Occupation: Retired Professor of Music
Children: Stephanie-35
Military Service: USMCR  
Larry Graham


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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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Oct 27, 2018 at 4:34 AM
Larry Graham posted a message on Gerald Daniel's Profile. New comment added.
Oct 22, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Posted on: Oct 21, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Thanks for your birthday wish, Gerald. Hope you and your family are doing well.
Does it seem lately as though every year goes by in just 6 months?

Oct 21, 2018 at 7:13 AM

Happy birthday, Larry. Best wishes.

Oct 28, 2017 at 7:20 AM

I hope the past year was a success and the coming year even better. Happy birthday.

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Jan 08, 2017 at 2:25 PM

As a member in good standing of the Official Geriatrics Society of GHS, I would like to offer you fond and jovial wishes for your upcoming BIRTHDAY!!! May it be the best yet and compel you to describe for your classmates in detail the festivities held in your honor on
your special day. And don't you worry - your walker is on its way. (I enjoy mine tremendously!). All the best, Penny!

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Oct 27, 2016 at 4:33 AM
Larry Graham has left an In Memory comment for Alvin Crose.
Sep 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM

I didn't have the privilege of knowing Alvin, but I agree with Penny that it's always sad when one of your classmates passes. I'm praying that all of his family and friends will be comforted during this time of grief and that all the happy memories about Alvin will always be there to comfort them.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Hey, Sharon. Happy belated birthday to you. Hope you had a good party and someone didn't pin the donkey's tail on you. Ouch!

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Jul 04, 2016 at 6:04 AM

Happy Birthday, Max. Hope it's a great one! So, you've moved to Naples, have you? I'm in Orlando. I suspect by now you're retired - and living the good life. Enjoy!

Mar 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Happy Birthday, Gerald!! Hope you have the best birthday celebration ever!
BTW: I don't know how they knew to contact me, but Brent Towing Company says you left a change of clothes aboard the tug boat you were on back in the summer of 1958. Is that true? Anyhow, they'd like to get it back to you if they could have your address. Why don't you give them a call?
Always the Wise Guy ~

Oct 27, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Have a wonderful day, with your friends and small gathering I'm sure!!

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Jul 03, 2015 at 6:48 PM

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

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Apr 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM

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

All the best!


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Apr 15, 2015 at 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, 2015 at 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.

Larry Graham

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