Dorothy Graham reception Jan. 26

Published 10:06 am Thursday, January 16, 2020

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When someone retires from a job well done, it’s worth celebrating.

That’s how Keith Hilton at Davie Florist feels about honoring Dorothy Graham for the contribution she has made to Davie County for the past 62 years.

Davie Florist is hosting a retirement celebration on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church on Main Street in Mocksville. The public is invited.

For 40 years, Graham managed Morrison-Studevent Funeral Home on Depot Street in Mocksville.

In 1997 Graham Funeral Home opened on Wilkesboro Street, a new construction designed primarily by Graham and her daughter, Dr. Regina Graham.

Graham was the first female African-American funeral director in Davie County and also the first woman to build and own a funeral home here. She had a professional working relationship and also personal friendship with Davie Florist for all of those 62 years.

“We would like for the public to join us in thanking Mrs. Graham for her service to the community not only through her funeral home, but other community capacities as well,” said Hilda Kitchen, owner of Davie Florist.

If you are unable to attend the celebration on Jan. 26 but would like to thank Mrs. Graham, cards may be sent to: 204 Vanzant Rd, Mocksville.  For those who want to support her favorite charities in her honor, contributions can be sent to Clement Grove Church of God, 7th Day Building Fund, 159 Parker Rd., Mocksville; and the Dorothy Rucker Graham Scholarship, c/o Davie Community Foundation, 107 N. Salisbury St., Mocksville.