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5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Harry Childress Graham, Jr.

December 13, 1920March 11, 2020

Harry Childress Graham, Jr. was born on December 13, 1920 and entered into eternal life on March 11, 2020 at the age of 99. He is survived by his only child, Harry Childress Graham, III (Julie), his granddaughter, Colleen Graham Martel (Brett), his grandson, Harry Childress Graham IV (Lyndsey), three great-grandchildren, Olivia Rose Martel, Grayson Michael Graham, and Greer Harper Graham, and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, June Hutchinson Graham, and his second wife of 12 years, Carol Taylor Graham, his parents, Harry Childress Graham, Sr. and Sarah Emmett Graham, and his brothers, Robert, Donald, and William and his sister, Sr. Maurice Therese. Harry was a native of New Orleans. He attended Immaculate Conception grammar school, graduated from Jesuit High School (1938) and Louisiana State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. At the age of 21 Harry enlisted In the United States Marine Corps in 1941 where he was immediately stationed in the Pacific theater and became an aviator and radar operator. During the course of World War II his plane was shot down by the enemy and he survived two days in the ocean went to life raft before being rescued. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty in 1945. He re-enlisted in 1951 and was sent over-seas again to fight in the Korean War until 1953. He received numerous medals and citations from the Marine Corps during his service in both wars. He then worked for Gulf Engineering Co. and shortly thereafter went to work for Pittsburgh Corning Corporation as an engineer and remained with Pittsburgh Corning for the next 30 years. Upon his retirement he became an entrepreneur starting Vita-Stat Corporation for the transfer and preservation of film for the Sugar Bowl and other entities as well as a co-founder of Life Enterprises Inc. which placed blood pressure machines throughout New Orleans. In addition, he assisted a life-long friend in the game time distribution of football programs for Tulane University (where he also sold tickets for admission to the Tulane football games) and the New Orleans Saints including three Super Bowl’s. He loved to work hard and passed that enthusiasm on to his son and his two grandchildren through a lifetime of example. His love for spending time with his family and friends was only surpassed by the devotion he exhibited for his grandchildren. Harry was well loved and affectionately known for his good nature and generous heart. He will be deeply missed by his family and by all those he touched. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation in his memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor (1655 McGill Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36604) in which Order Harry’s sister, Mary, spent her life serving the elderly. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

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Wayne Ducote

March 24, 2020

Harry was my neighbor on Vickbsburg Street in New Orleans in the 1950s-1960s. I distinctly remember him and his golden retriever, Bo Jingles. He was a great guy.

Katie Dalferes

March 22, 2020

I got to know Mr. and Mrs. Graham from drives over the Pontchartrain Lake Bridge to go to Colleen's home. Mainly they told me stories about Colleen - their pride in their granddaughter. Then when I moved to San Diego, Mr. Graham would share stories of his time out here. I didn't get to experience having a grandfather growing up and he was the grandfather I knew best. He has a special place in my heart. The whole Graham family has been in my thoughts and prayers.

Rachel Sweigart

March 21, 2020

Sending our love and condolences to the whole family. I have fond memories of my dad (Donald) and Uncle Harry laughing themselves silly whenever we all visited Aunt Mary at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Pittsburgh. Be well.
Love,
Rachel (Graham), Chris, Ryker and Aspen Sweigart

Sarah Emmett

March 21, 2020

This is the only photo I have of HCG, Harry's dad, I think it was taken in the 1920's. Harry looks so much like him!

Sarah Emmett (Graham)

March 21, 2020

Such, such fond memories of my Uncle Harry...going out to dinner with my parents and Uncle John and Harry hosting us at the Country Club! Harry coming up to DC and bringing piles and piles of candy (he said it fell off a truck;) and tons of Mardi Gras beads that led to endless hours of fun for us 4!

Brian Diaz

March 20, 2020

Harry- I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you dad ( nd mom ) so well.... all the parties they had with my mom and dad and the crew!! Your dad was always so kind to me and always made me laugh! They are all partying together iin heaven!
Brian

Laurie Cookmeyer

March 18, 2020

Condolences to you and your entire family. Loved visiting Uncle Harry and Aunt June with mom (Lorraine) on Nashville Ave.
Sincerely, Laurie Abadie Cookmeyer

Denise "Nisey" Abadie Maggiore

March 18, 2020

Dear Hank,
I am sorry to hear of Uncle Harry's passing. He and Aunt June were dear friends of my mom's and dad's. Although we have not seen each other since my wedding in 1983, I often think of y'all.
I remember Uncle Harry giving me a ride home after my final exam of my first semester at LSU. We had a nice visit.
You had two wonderful parents and your mom was my mom's best friend. Take care, Hank.
Denise

Douglas Schmidt

March 18, 2020

Condolences to the Graham family ,
Especially , fellow Bluejay , Hank ,
Prayers sent ,
Douglas Schmidt

Guy Poché

March 17, 2020

On behalf of the staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, please accept our condolences for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY