Graham, Charles David "Charlie" "Snuffy", 86, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at his home in Slaughter. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Little Beaver Squadron on the flagship, USS Charles Ausburne (DD570). He was awarded the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal with four bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Bar with one bronze star and the Presidential Unit Citation. He retired as a shift supervisor with US Steele (Formerly Uniroyal), served as a deputy with East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's department from 1976 to 1980 and with East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department from 1985 until 2009. He was a member of Zachary United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge Plains No. 135. He is survived by his 6 children, daughters, Melody Rose Chilson, Karen June McGraw, Earline Theresa Simmons, Sons, Charles David Graham, Jr., Christian Bernard Graham, Mitchell Aaron Graham and their spouses, Brother, Gary Cooper Graham and wife Pat, 17 Grandchildren and 26 Great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 23 years, Dorothy Bass Graham. Visiting will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc., Zachary on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Masonic Service. Visiting will continue on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9:30 am until service time at 10:30 am conducted by Rev. Greg Davis. Burial will be in Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary. Serving as pallbearers are, David Chilson, Michael John McGraw, Jr., Cole Schlatre, Michael Graham, Tyler Graham, and Karl Prince. A special thank you to Mitchell and Sandy Graham for their never-ending love dedication and care during his last years with us, and to H.K. Simmons for being his driver.
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Published in The Advocate from June 10 to June 12, 2013