Marion Graham Drayton

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Marion Graham Drayton BISHOPVILLE, SC - Marion Graham Drayton, 72, born Bishopville, SC in 1942, husband of Frances Green Reeves, died October 9, 2015, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Drayton was the son of Agnes Graham Drayton, 96, and the late Edward Raynor Drayton, Jr. Paternal grandparents were Edward Raynor Drayton, Sr. and Gertrude Alexander. Maternal grandparents were John Marion Graham and Mai Eloise Banks. Survivors besides his wife of 46 years include his two children, Susan Robinson Drayton Brunson, husband Curtis Dowling Brunson, and Marion Graham Drayton, Jr., wife Shannon Elaine Jordan; two brothers, Edward Raynor Drayton, III, wife Linda Daub, and Thomas Addison Drayton, wife Ami Matthews; brother-in-law, Chester Quillian Reeves, wife Linda Elaine Paulson; three grandchildren, Alexander Dowling Brunson, Susannah Cabot Brunson, and Callahan Gray Drayton Brunson; numerous nieces and nephews. He graduated from Wofford College in 1965, with a bachelor of arts in History and was commissioned into the United States Army as a second lieutenant in the military police. His military service includes assignment at: Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, Korea, Helmstead and West Berlin, Germany, where he met his wife, Frances, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Long Bien and Da Nang, Vietnam, Fort Lewis, Washington, the Presidio Language School of Monterey, California, Fort Gulick, Panama, and Frankfort, Germany. He also served in the South Carolina National Guard. After retiring from the military, he then became Vice President of City Nursery Farms, Inc. where he had a long wonderful career. He was president of the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association in 1992 and was named nurseryman of the year. In 2005, he was named a SCNLA Fellows, the Association's highest honor. He was a longtime member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church all of his life. While residing in Charleston, he was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. He served his church as past president and treasurer of the Sunday school program. He served his community as past president and treasurer of the Bishopville Optimist Club, past chairman and longtime member of the Lee County School Board, member of Santee Lynches Council on Governments, and past member of the Board of Visitors for Coker College. As past chairman and director of Lee County Cooperative Ministries Care Center, he spent many hours helping others. Graham was a loving and devoted husband and father. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching them play. He always made people laugh and would often say, "there is some truth in everything I say." He would always make everyone feel like they belonged. Graham enjoyed playing golf, talking about and watching Clemson football, and spending time joking with his many friends at the Golf Club and Hardees. He would often say not to forget the 5 P's: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Funeral services will be held at 5 P.M. Tuesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Watson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 P.M. Tuesday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2116 Sumter Hwy. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, PO Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010, Lee County Cooperative Ministries-Care Center, PO Box 464, Bishopville, SC 29010, or to the Lee County Arts Council-Opera House, PO Box 714, Bishopville, SC 29010. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Oct. 11, 2015