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BRAFFORD SAMUEL GRADY BRAFFORD, JR. Passed away peacefully in hospice care on September 23, 2012 in Springfield, VA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy, just 11 weeks before his passing. He was the cherished father of Elizabeth Brafford Cella of Kentfield, CA, and Grady Brafford III, of Anaheim, CA; grandfather of Caroline and Claire Cella of Kentfield, CA; and brother of Ralph Gene Brafford (Helen) of Silver Spring, MD. He is also survived by his nephew, John Brafford (Debbie) and niece, Karen Cremen Greeley (Joe), also of Maryland. Known to most as "Grady," he was born in September 1929 to Samuel G. Brafford, Sr. and Maybelle Phthisic in Washington, DC. Throughout his childhood, Grady traveled with his family as his father worked as a contractor all through the coastal South, and returned to the region time and time again during his lifetime for visits to family and friends. After attending Georgia's Gordon Military Academy, Grady served two separate terms in the United States Army, was honorably discharged in 1954. Grady also sailed to postwar Poland as a cattleman to help replace Europe's lost livestock. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, on the GI Bill. Grady spent most of his career in industrial and commercial real estate with Weaver Bros. of Washington, DC, while he and Dorothy raised their two children in Springfield and later in Annandale, VA. An active volunteer, Grady worked with the Boy Scouts, Optimist Clubs, Almas Temple, and for many Republican candidates in Virginia for state and federal office. As a retiree, he tutored children in an after-school program and remained active in his church. He and Dorothy left their home of 45 years to move to Greenspring in Springfield, where the couple joined many friends from Providence Presbyterian Church. A celebration of Grady's life and a service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 12 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, in Fairfax, VA. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Providence Memorial Fund. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Providence Memorial Fund.

Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11, 2012
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