Darius Ravi Graham age 50, passed away Tuesday June 25, 2013. Darius, affectionately known as Darry, was born to the late Stedman Graham Sr. and the late Mary Jacobs Graham on December 19, 1962. Darry graduated from Middle Township High and worked for Middle Township for 25 years. Darry was an active member of Bethel Commandment Church. He resided at teh Rio Grande Group home for twenty-two years under the supervision of Debbie Welch. He loved to communicate and he loved people. He was dedicated to his job and was admired by all his co-workers. He received a certificate in recognition of 25 years of service to the Clean Communities Program as well as being an outstanding citizen of Middle Township. Darry loved bodybuilding, bowling, fishing and won many first place medals in the Special Olympics for track and field. He was very active and loved to spend time with family and friends, including going to the boardwalk and eating at Mack's Pizza. He leaves three siblings, Stedman S. Graham, James O. Graham and Anita Shelton, an uncle, Clyde Jacobs (Karen) of Philadelphia, two aunts, Delphia Skerrett of Philadelphia, and Mamie Jacobs, of North Carolina, five nieces, one nephew, a special cousin, Leslie Graham, and a host of relatives and friends to cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by his brohter, Irvin Graham and his sister, Nakoma Graham-Crawford. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Christ Gospel Church, 2209 Rt. 9 South, Whitesboro, NJ 08252. Viewing began at 2 p.m. Interment took place in North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caring For Kids, PO Box 695, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.
Resolution of Sorrow and Respect To Honor
Darius Ravi Graham
WHEREAS, God in his infinite wisdom and mercy has taken from our midst our beloved
Darius Ravi Graham
And called him to join the angels that adorn his Heaven, and
WHEREAS, our cousin Darius Ravi Graham is a sixth generation direct descendant of our ancestors, Benjamin and Edith Spaulding, beloved son of the late Mary Arrelia Jacobs and Stedman Worth Graham; cherished brother of Stedman Graham, James Graham and Anita Graham Shelton; and has been an inspiring and devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews, and WHEREAS, our beloved Cousin Darius has served his family and community with dignity, love, respect and unselfishness through his work with the Middle Township Municipal Department for more than 20 years and the compassion and good will he embodied and extended to all he encountered in his beloved Whitesboro/Middle Township, New Jersey community; we pray that the Divine Comforter will bring peace to our most inner souls, and WHEREAS, it has saddened the hearts of the Descendants of Benjamin and Edith Spaulding, friends, and love ones on this earth, we surrender Cousin Darius, a shining example of the best among us to our Almighty Heavenly Father, because He has assured us that in His arms will be a peaceful rest, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we embrace the family because all of us have a common bond that will connect us for the rest of your lives. We cannot replace our cousin, but will continue to demonstrate the love, compassion and example of excellence that Cousin Darius has shown to others throughout his life. Finally, BE IT RESOLVED, that this resolution be tendered to the family and a copy kept in our family archives as a humble expression of our heartfelt sympathy and resignation to the Almighty Heavenly Father with the love, grace and mercy He has granted to us.
This the 28th day of June in the Year 2013
Respectfully submitted by, Vincent Spaulding, BESDA National President Luke Alexander, BESDA Family Historian & Archivist
Neil W. Campbell, BESDA Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Dr. Milton E. Campbell, BEDSA Carolinas Regional Director