The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 10, 2012

Christopher T. Graham

Published 10-10-12


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Chris Graham triumphed over ALS with wit, courage, and resilient faith, arriving to safe harbor with God and the great host of witnesses on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Dr. Christopher T. Graham, age 58, of Roswell, Ga., is survived by his wife, Carol Graham, of 34 years; his children, Katie, Taylor, and Drew;  grandchildren, Emily, Avery, and Elliot;  his two sisters, Kay Ann Rudd and Nancy Moreland, and his brother Steve; and his mother Jean Ann Graham.

The celebration of his life will occur first in an informal service of story sharing and song with family and friends on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Church of the Savior at 1950 Old Alabama Road in Roswell, and during the memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at Northside Drive Baptist Church at 3100 Northside Drive NW, in Atlanta.  

Graduating from Enid High School in 1972, Oklahoma Baptist University in 1976, Southern Baptist Seminary with a master of Divinity in 1981, and Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 1991 with a Doctor of Ministry, Dr. Graham championed the mantra that “Jesus died to take away our sins, not our minds.”

He served several parishes throughout his lifetime, but his most recent tenure was as pastor of Church of the Savior, a UCC congregation in Roswell, and as chaplain at Compassionate Hospice of Georgia.

His passions included working in his garden; running the Peachtree Road Race in July; taking up the cello at the age of 50 and advancing to perform the Prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1; dialoguing in interfaith community with Jews, Muslims, and Christians; and challenging parishioners to explore the mystery of God by looking to the tangible in one another.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Dr. Graham to the Massachusetts General Hospital Stem Cell Research for ALS. Checks must be payable to Massachusetts General and can be mailed to M.G.H. Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MS 02114 or may be accessed through the website at https://give.massgeneral.org/als.

Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cumming, Georgia. Online condolences at www.byarsfuneralhome.com.

(Submitted by family)