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Waylon Graham, Sr.

March 14, 1936 ~ October 7, 2018 (age 82)
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Waylon Graham of Port St. Joe passed away suddenly on October 7th at the age of 82. Waylon moved from Clarksville, Florida to Port St. Joe in 1957 and established his home and raised a family. He worked at Sylvachem Corporation, now Arizona Chemical, until his retirement in 1997. Throughout his life, Waylon was involved in various civic activities such as volunteering for nearly 30 years as the time clock operator for the Shark basketball team, being a member of the Quarterback Club for 25 years (many of those as president), serving as a member of the Lions Club, coaching and umpiring little league baseball and umpiring men’s softball for many years. Waylon also served as a volunteer firefighter for 30 years, some of those years as fire chief. He proudly served on the Gulf County School Board for nearly 20 years and was honored to be inducted into the Shark Hall of Fame in 2016. Waylon has served on the board of directors for the Gulf Coast Co-op since 2005, and served as president for one year. He considered one of his proudest accomplishments being a member of the Co-op where he fostered many lifelong, cherished friendships. He was an unbelievably generous father, grandfather, and great grandfather and believed he was most blessed for having the time in retirement to fulfill his true passions in life which were his family, fishing and supporting the University of Florida football program. Waylon was a humble man who came from very humble beginnings. During his working career he developed a reputation for loyalty and dedication to his employer. He considered his relationships friends and acquaintances to be more precious than gold and will be sorely missed and remembered fondly by all. Waylon was preceded in death by his parents, Duncan Graham and Exal Graham Holley. He is survived by his son, Waylon (Tony) Graham of Panama City; his daughter, Dianne Graham Mock and husband Jimmy of Port St. Joe; grandsons, Michael Mock and family & Chris Mock and family; granddaughter, Jessica Mock Brock and husband Jordan; a very special great granddaughter, Gemma Graham Brock all of Port St. Joe; his sister, Joanne Holt and husband, Raymond and his longtime companion, Betty Jo Smith of Panama City. Friends will be received 6-8 pm (EST) Friday at the Hope Family Worship Center in Port St. Joe. Funeral services will take place 1 pm (EST) Saturday at the Port St. Joe High School gymnasium. Interment will follow the service at Clarksville Baptist Cemetery in Clarksville. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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