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Sponsors: Reps. Hodges and Weeks
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1328
Introduced in the House on April 30, 2008
Adopted by the House on April 30, 2008
Summary: Reverend Dr. Lewis P. Graham, Jr.
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Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/30/2008 House Introduced and adopted HJ-2
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TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UPON THE DEATH OF THE REVEREND DR. LEWIS P. GRAHAM, SR., OF RICHLAND COUNTY, AND TO EXTEND THEIR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY, CHURCH, AND MANY FRIENDS.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives were deeply saddened to learn of the death of beloved husband, father, pastor, and community leader the Reverend Dr. Lewis P. Graham, Sr.; and
Whereas, born in Conway in 1949, the youngest child of the late Gracie and J. D. Graham, he was the first of the three Graham sons who answered the call to serve their God; and
Whereas, in refection of his personal courage, he preached his first sermon on the epic struggle between David and Goliath in I Samuel 17, entitled "I'll Fight the Man"; and
Whereas, licensed as a minister at the age of seventeen and ordained a year later, he faithfully served as pastor and assistant pastor in churches in Conway, Effingham, Orangeburg, Florence, and Greenville, until he assumed his duties in 1995 to pastor the loving congregation of Zion Baptist Church in Columbia; and
Whereas, Reverend Graham earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of divinity from Morris College in Sumter, and he did further study at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and received an honorary doctor of divinity from Morris College; and
Whereas, in 1972, he entered into covenant love with the former Mary Alice Gerald of Aynor, and in their thirty-five years of marriage, they raised two adoring children, Alicia LeWanna and Lewis, Jr.; and
Whereas, Reverend Graham also served his community in numerous organizations, including a life membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and as a member of the trustees of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. In 2005, he was elected to serve as its president; and
Whereas, among the many honors bestowed upon him, he was selected by the National Council of Negro Women to receive the Excellence in Leadership Award, and he received the Martin Luther King Community Service Award; and
Whereas, on April 25, 2008, his friends and family gathered at Zion Baptist Church to remember the life he lived so ardently for his Lord, and fittingly they began by giving praise to his God in singing "How Great Thou Art"; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are truly grateful for the Reverend Dr. Lewis P. Graham's dedication to winning souls to Jesus Christ through preaching the gospel and living a committed Christian life. As the Apostle Paul commanded in I Corinthians 10:31, "Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God," so he did. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, express their profound sorrow upon the death of the Reverend Dr. Lewis P. Graham, Sr., of Richland County, and express their deepest sympathy to his family, church, and many friends.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mary Alice Gerald Graham, Zion Baptist Church, and the South Carolina Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention.
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