April 23, 1948 ~ February 11, 2012

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Mills River~ Benny Earl Graham, 63, died Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Benny was a native of Buncombe County and was a son of the late Clyde McKinley and Betty Hawes Graham. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in Vietnam and retired from the NC State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station after thirty years of service. He was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Linda Moore Graham, a son, Barry E. Graham and his wife, Jennifer of Huntersville, two brothers, Darryl Graham of Arden and Ted Graham of Weaverville, two sisters, Joyce Maney and Cheri Baker both of Arden, three granddaughters, Katelyn, Madison and Hailey. Benny is also survived by Michaela and Caleb Baker known to them as their "Uncle B.B." which they loved very much. Funeral services for Benny will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Pastor Ric Toney officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to ABCCM's Veteran's Restoration and Transitional Housing, 1329 Tunnel Road Asheville, N.C. 28805 or to the Oak Grove Christian Church Building Fund, 5 Morris Road Arden, N.C. 28704

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  1. My heart is heavy thinking about the loss of your treasured husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. His smile was infectious and his love for his family, especially the younger ones, was something to behold. Take comfort in knowing that he is free of pain, free of suffering and watching over you. My deepest sympathies – Liz Graham

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  2. Linda, Barry and to the family, Bobbie and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Benny.Our prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life. Bobbie and Shirley

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  3. Barry, Jennifer and the entire Graham family, we are so saddened to hear of Mr. Graham’s death. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers and know our heavenly Father will wrap His loving arms around all of you and give you strength during this difficult time. We enjoyed meeting Mr. Graham so much and see where Barry gets his sense of humor. We pray the memories of him that now fill you with sorrow, will in the near future bring you happiness and joy.

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  4. Barry, Jennifer, and family, please know that you are being lifted up in prayer. I pray for strength, grace, and His loving arms to surround you. He will sustain you.

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  5. Today you are in my thoughts and my prayers. I pray for strength and peace for you and your family. Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength – Let him be that refuge for you – God loves you. Carolyn

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  6. Barry, Jennifer and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I pray that peace finds you.

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  7. Linda and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. Benny fought a long and hard battle, but is now at peace.

    Sally Maney Eckard and Wayne Eckard

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  8. Barry,

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear; it is at this time, we can all find peace in the memories of our loved ones and strength from friends and family. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Barry and Jennifer and Graham Family, We are thinking about you and praying for you. If you need anything please don’t hestitate to call.
    Love,
    Ken and Sonya

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  10. Linda, Barry and extended family, I am sorry to hear of Bennys passing. I saw him several times at the drug store. One could never mistake him. I am praying that God will give you peace.

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  11. To the Graham Family- You are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that you will have peace and comfort during this difficult time. We also praise God for your family and lift you up to him.

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  12. Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray for God’s strength and comfort to caryy you an Barry throughthe days to come

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Each of you will be in my thoughts and prayers through this trying time. Always remember the wonderful life he shared with each of you, and celebrate the time you had with such an inspirational person in your life. May he rest in peace.

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  14. Barry,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need. Can’t believe all the years that have passed us by. Daniel was only 10 years old.. and now he is 26.. But we still think of you and hope our prayers help to ease your pain…

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  15. DEAR FAMILY
    I WORK AT THE ASHEVILLE STORE AND
    WORKED SOME WITH BENNY. I ALWAYS
    ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM HE ALWAYS
    HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE. YOUR FAMILY
    WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
    CHARLOTTE

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  16. Linda and Barry, Our prayers are with you. Benny was a forever friend from the earliest days at Valley Springs and then Roberson. He always had such a remarkable sense of humor and was a true friend. He loved his family and was so proud of the Grand Daughters. The world was a better place because of Benny. Much love to you all. Ray and Ramona

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  17. Linda,
    Bill and I want you and Barry to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please be comforted in knowing that others care.
    Jan

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  18. Barry, Jennifer and Mrs. Graham, May you find comfort and solace in the arms of our Lord, Jesus. My prayer for you as you adjust to life with your loved one now in Heaven and absent from you is that you are able to cherish the happy memories and grow from the loss that you feel. Our God is the God of All Comfort. Rest in Him.

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  19. Ted,Joyce,Darryl,Cheri,Linda and family, I`m so sorry for the lost of Benny. May God be with you as you go forward in the days ahead.

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