Charlotte Christian says goodbye to a beloved founder

Charlotte Christian School is remembering this month Harry Graham, one of the  original five founders of the school, who died March 28 at the age of 99.

Graham was born Dec. 17, 1913, to the late Frank Kirkland Graham and Bessie McKnight Graham. He served with the United States Army during World War II and was a charter member of Calvary Church where he taught Sunday school and Bible studies, served as a church elder and was active with foreign mission outreach. He also was a founder of Charlotte’s Pregnancy Resource Center.

Graham served on the first Board of Trustees for Charlotte Christian more than 60 years ago, helping with the first graduating class of seven seniors in 1964. In 1972, the school broke ground on the first building at the school’s current location, now the middle school building which is named in Graham’s honor. He also was named a Trustee Emeritus for his lifelong service to the school and remained actively involved in campus development campaigns for many years.

“Mr. Graham was a caring man who desired to see everyone perform at their best. He was selfless in many ways. I was amazed at how active he was – visiting his former offices at age 95, driving at age 97, writing emails at age 99,” Barry Giller, head of school at Charlotte Christian School, said in an email. “He truly modeled a legacy of faith.”

He remained a presence on campus well after founding the school, taking part in events like Charlotte Christian’s 60th anniversary celebration that took place in the spring of 2011, where Graham visited the campus and threw the first pitch during a varsity baseball game (pictured to right).

To the school’s knowledge, Graham was the last remain founder of the school.

“We will miss Mr. Graham praying daily for our school. We will miss seeing him on campus, influencing younger generations,” Giller said. “I will miss visiting with him and hearing his unique perspective on the world, our culture and our school – a perspective that was developed over nine decades of life experience.”

Graham is survived by his wife Louise Davenport Graham; daughter Louise (Dan) Sheyda of Charlotte; son H. Allan (Francine) Graham Jr. of Kennesaw, Ga.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.

A funeral was held April 2 at Calvary Church.

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