CONWAY -- Mrs. Vivian Brand Graham, 91, formerly of Lancaster, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, 2007, at Kingston Nursing Center in Conway.
She was born Feb. 8, 1916 in Hartsville, S.C., the daughter of the late Jesse DeLeslie Brand and Maybelle Ellis Brand. Mrs. Brand graduated from Hartsville High School and was married for 71 years to the late Heyward C. Graham. She served as secretary at First United Methodist Church and then as legal secretary for Gregory & Gregory, Attorneys at Law for over 30 years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lancaster, the Fidelis Sunday School Class and the Lioness Club. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to cook special foods for her family.
Mrs. Graham was survived by a daughter, Beverly G. Bass and her husband Rev. J. Anderson Bass Jr. of Conway; a son, Col. (Ret.) James D. Graham and his wife, Nathalie of Damascus, Va.; six grandchildren including Andy Bass III and his wife, Vanetta of Rock Hill, Blair Bass and his wife, Teresa of Charlotte and Beth Turner and her husband, Rev. Paul Turner of Easley; and five great-grandchildren, Anderson Bass IV, Leslie and Carrie Turner, Abigail and Gracelynn Bass; four sisters, Mabel Small of Heath Springs, Genoese Quetel and Eunice Parker of Gastonia, N.C., and Jennie Cauthen of Lancaster; and a brother, Robert Brand and his wife, Lib of Charlotte, N.C.
Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Mary Ella Gibson; and two brothers, Charles Brand and J.D. Brand.
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The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Mrs. Graham will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Roy Barnes, with burial to follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.
The family of Mrs. Graham will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in the lobby of the Family Life Center and suggest memorial contributions be made to Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579; Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601; or First Baptist Church of Lancaster, P.O. Box 670, Lancaster, SC 29721. Notes to the family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartley Funeral Home, www.hartleyfunerals.com, 803-283-2100, is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Graham.