Dr. Charles J. Graffeo
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Dr. Charles J. Graffeo died April 15th at Huntsville Hospital Hospice Family Care. He was a Birmingham native, son of Nick and Margaret Graffeo and a brother to Nick Graffeo, Jr., Mary Francis Graffeo, and Margaret Rose Graffeo. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne Campbell Graffeo; son, Charles Campbell Graffeo, M.D.; granddaughters, Hollis Catherine Graffeo and Erin Jennings Graffeo; nephews, Tony Graffeo, Barry Graffeo, Nick Graffeo III, and many great nieces and nephews. After finishing high school at John Carroll in Birmingham, he attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship, graduated from Birmingham Southern College, then completed his DMD degree at UAB School of Dentistry in 1961. He was drafted by the Army during the Cold War and the Berlin Wall Crisis and was sent to Frankfurt, Germany for two years, from 1961 to 1963. He loved the Army and enjoyed every minute of his military career, serving for 30 years in the Reserves and retiring as a colonel. He practiced dentistry in Huntsville for 53 years and retired in 2018. He was a member of the Huntsville Madison County Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry, earning a Mastership in the Academy. He was awarded the Academy's Alabama Dentist of the Year in 2015. In addition to his dental career, he was involved in civic and service organizations that benefited the community and the state. He was a member and captain of the Quarterback Club, a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Board, and a board member of Alabama Heritage until his death. Guntersville Lake has been a favorite place for him for many happy weekends. He loved duck hunting in the area and participating in water sports with family and friends. Alabama football was his favorite sport, and he was a superfan of the Crimson Tide. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to your favorite charity.

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Published in The Huntsville Times from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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11:00 AM
Maple Hill Cemetery
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April 20, 2021
Families may move and take different directions but they are always family. Anne, Jim and I wish we could be with you to meet the wonderful family you two created and have a chance to say goodby to Charles. I remember how proud our grandmother “ Mama Caretti “ was of her first grandson and held him up as a role model to the rest of us. He was especially kind and considerate to my mother and for that I will always be grateful. Sharing the article about her achievements at Alabama School for Deaf and sending enough copies so each of our children could have their own was an especially appreciated gift. He was so proud of you and your family, much love and prayers to you all.
Theresa & Jim Neason
April 20, 2021
Charles was a friend and our dentist ever since our arrival from Germany in 1962 until about three years ago. Ann, we are so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Charles discussing with him all the world-political problems while he had his hand in my mouth! RIP

Manfred and Rita Segewitz
Manfred/Rita Segewitz
April 20, 2021
I am saddened to learn about Charles death. He has been a good friend to me over the years. He is certainly missed. Prayers for the family.
Tom Baxter
April 20, 2021
Dr. Graffeo had been my dentist as a child, teenager & young woman.bit saddens me to hear of his passing. Sending prayers for his family.
J. Swaim
April 18, 2021
He was a wonderful man! He was a valued member of my Army reserve unit at Redstone Arsenal.
Elizabeth Gawronski
Served In Military Together
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