Edward Graddy

March 2, 1937 ~ April 28, 2019 (age 82)
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A homegoing celebration for Mr. Edward Lewis Graddy, Sr. of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Spring Hill M.B. Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rev. Eugene Garnett, pastor officiating. The interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. “Deac”, affectionately called, was born Edward Lewis Graddy Sr. on March 2, 1939 in Cuthbert, Georgia to the late Felton and Carrie (Betty) Graddy. Deacon Graddy was a long time resident of Tampa, Florida for over 63 years and a faithful member of Springhill M.B. Church for over 50 years where he faithfully and diligently served in numerous capacities until his health failed. He, along with his wife "Pat", were ordained as Deacon and Deaconess, under the leadership of Rev. Michael V. White and remained in holy matrimony until death did them part. Deac was well known in the state of Florida and will always be remember as the lead singer of the quartet group, The Heavenly Trumpets. "Somewhere to Lay My Head" was his signature song and an all-time favorite of everyone who knew him. His spiritually touching voice, his comical sense of humor, smile and caring heart is what he will be remembered and deeply missed most for. His wisdom and knowledge has left an imprint on many lives. On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Deac answered the call of his heavenly father and took his rest. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah P. Graddy, his parents, Felton and Carrie Graddy, daughter, Sonya McFarland, great grandchildren, Jonanthony Rorie and Mama Mia Imani Brewer, sister Thelma Hill and a few more close relatives. Deac leaves behind to cherish fond memories his 5 children, sons, Benjamin "Freddy" Graddy (Janet), Edward Graddy, Jr.; daughters, Johnisha Graddy, Minne Graddy and Carrisha Graddy; sisters, Sharon Peterson (Rodney), Ruby Walker and Hazel Davis (William); brothers, Alfonso Lee, Clifford Lee, and Willie Graddy (Sandra); aunts, Queen Burnett, Louise Major, and Mary Bussey;1 grandchild, he raised as his child and resided with him until death, Porschea Brewer; 13 additional grandchildren whom he loved, a host of great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and god-children; special nieces, Cynthia Berry and Tawanda Hill; special grandson, John Brewer, Sr.; special friends, Rev. Alphonso Lewis (Angela), the Sulphur Springs Community, the Members of the Heavenly Trumpets and the Quartet Community. The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral home on Friday, May 3rd, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.




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