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Ceremonialize the Life of Carol M. Graham - Now Deceased

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Cherished memories of Carol M. Graham

Carol, served as one of the host on the award winning television program, "Delaware Valley Spotlight."

Carol, served as one of the host on the award winning television program, "Delaware Valley Spotlight."

Carol M. Graham was born October 3, 1962 and fell asleep in death August 16, 2015.

Carol M. Graham was born October 3, 1962 and fell asleep in death August 16, 2015.

Carol, was a woman of faith in God which she instilled in her sons Jared and Jaleel.

Carol, was a woman of faith in God which she instilled in her sons Jared and Jaleel.

Carol, was very dedicated to family and friends who she often said encouraging words to inspire others to greatness.

Carol, was very dedicated to family and friends who she often said encouraging words to inspire others to greatness.

Carol, was with her youngest son Jaleel and sister Zenda. She is also survived by her other sister Dara and mother Mae Frances Coleman, brother Greg Thompson, father of her sons Harry as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  .

Carol, was with her youngest son Jaleel and sister Zenda. She is also survived by her other sister Dara and mother Mae Frances Coleman, brother Greg Thompson, father of her sons Harry as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. .


A Celebration of the Life of Carol Graham - now deceased. Kingdom Melody #111 entitled, "He Will Call" by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Soceity

Life's Reflections - Her Light, Her Love, Her Liberty and Love of Family

A celebration and reflection of Carol Michelle (Coleman) Graham's life were composed by her sons Jared and Jaleel, along with other family members. The #reflections went on to express these endearing words about the way Carol, loved and lived her life. Carol, "graced this world as a shining light and the first daughter of Woodrow and Mae Frances Coleman on October 3, 1962. Even as a young child, she illuminated the world with her broad, beautiful smile and hearty laughter. Her parents taught her the importance of staying connected to #God and family. Much like her father, Carol had a love for the Lord. She adored her parents and appreciated spending time with them. She was a faithful and joy-filled sister, niece, auntie, cousin, and friend."

Carol, started her day around 7 am, calling family members as a source of encouragement. "Interacting with her brought out the best in other people. She had a thirst for #knowledge and new experiences. She was educated in Chester, Pa school system, and attended #Temple University in Philadelphia."

Doris Duren, a beloved aunt, said that Carol was, "Always aspiring for greatness, Carol was a continuous light in her home, family, and community. Her greatest light came in the form of her two handsome sons, Jared and Jaleel. She was a very proud mother and often spoke of how she and the boy's father, Harry, worked together to instill #Christian values in their sons. They taught them that putting God first would always yield a positive outcome. Two of her proudest moments were seeing her sons graduate college and grow into strong black men as positive contributors to society. Carol mentored, nurtured and coached younger members of the family and the community, especially young males. She served as a pack leader for the #Boy Scouts of America and was an avid sports mom. During her last place of employment, Chester Water Authority, Carol was a dedicated and valued employee who sought to help others."

Additional information that reflected beautifully on her personality was mentioned, "Carol delighted in fine dining, the arts and entertaining her 'boys,' hosting sleepovers for the many young men in the family. For her, the more of her boys, the better. She was adventurous and traveled all over the United States and abroad. She had the most beautiful smile and a natural ability to engage people from all walks of life. Carol never grew tired of spending time with family and friends. In the last days of her life Carol was loved and cared for by Steve, a dear friend of the family that will never be forgotten."

Carol Worked Tirelessly For Her Community

Carol, enjoyed traveling, experiencing life's new challenges through business adventures and many other experiences that we will never disregard. Carol lived and loved life. She was a famous disco queen who ran with her aunts Claudette and Paulette which inspired them to create #Spotlight Productions, Inc. Carol served as a producer, writer, and host of Spotlight. She interviewed radio personalities such as Doug Henderson of #WDAS, who went on to establish his spin-off of the favored television show Soul Train. Carol also talked with significant entertainers of the '70s and 80's such as the Grammy Award-winning group The Manhattans, as well as numerous other entertainers.

Carol Graham, also interviewed numerous state and local political leaders to provide information for residents within the community. She also served with me as Delaware County Coordinator, along with her aunt Paulette and uncle Wardell, cousin Kasia and other staff members. We served as part of the #Hands Across America, a team who raised money with numerous significant entertainers such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and many others. Through this adventure Carol, helped to create a human chain to raise money for the hungry and homeless in Africa and throughout the world. We will never forget her loving efforts. Based on the determination and hard work by Carol and numerous other individuals from Spotlight Productions, Inc., the evolution of developed. That is why it is vital that Carol M. Graham, must be recognized as a contributor to the foundation of these beautiful articles we have had the privilege to compose.

The reflection's of Carol's life went on sadly to express, "As Carol, celebrated the last days of her earthly life, she experienced numerous health challenges." Due to all of our imperfections, we all experience problems with sickness and even death. God's word the Bible admonishes us to put faith and trust in our Grand Creator Jehovah God's promises. One day in the future Almighty God will call, and Carol will answer which is the title of the song based on the video featured in this article. She has paid the price through death based on Romans 6:23 which states, "For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord." (NWT of the Holy Scriptures) Now that Carol is alive in Almighty God's memory, we have the beautiful hope of seeing her again.

We look forward to reminiscing about the times we had together but most importantly that we will have these discussions in a world where there will be no sickness, death, pain or sorrow based on Revelation 21:3,4. May we all look forward to that time with great anticipation.

We would like to thank David Brown, who served as editor of Spotlight Productions, Inc., for the footage of #The Manhattans' video that includes Carol, within this article. We would never want to forget that three of the original members of The Manhattans, have died as well. That includes Winfred Lovett, Kenneth Kelly and Sony Bivens. Gerald Alston, is the only original member of this group that remains. That is why we appreciate their inspiration in the music industry and wanted to acknowledge them during this celebration of Carol's life.

A Message from Carol - My Liberty

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If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow

My life's been full, I savored much

Good friends, good times,

a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee

God wanted me now, He set me free.

Carol's Sons Jared and Jaleel, went on to express these words after the death and burial of their mother. "Today was the hardest day of our lives putting our mother away to eternal rest but Mom you will forever live in the hearts of us and your future grandchildren WILL know you well. We will always love you. We miss you. Thanks for all the support we have received."

On the back of the program for Carol's funeral service this quote from Ephesians 6:10-17 was featured and entitled a, "Son's Protective Prayer" which stated: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

***The majority of the photos of Carol Graham were taken from video tapes of "Delaware Valley Spotlight" production in the 70's and 80's. Therefore photo clarity is not as prevalent.

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Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on August 24, 2020:

Five years ago we lost Carol. She is still dearly missed and loved. Carol was a major force behind the inspiration of Spotlight Productions which produced one of the first popular cablevision programs in Delaware County. We interviewed and got to meet people from all walks of life. What a beautiful experience we shared that l will never forget.

Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on September 17, 2015:

Thanks Joyce, for such powerful, loving words. I remember that doggie named "Buttons" as well. I thought it was the cutest gesture on their family's part. I use to love that dog and would always want to pet it whenever I visited them.

This article was composed for the sole purpose of "Celebrating Carol's life and remembering such special times that we shared with her. Thanks again for your inspiring words.

Joyce Platt on September 15, 2015:

I do not know where to began, as the tear's fall from my cheeks and the pain in my heart aches, I would like to say first of all to Carol's Sister's and Brother, and Aunt Mae Frances, that; I am so very sorry for the passing of your beautiful sweet Sister/Daughter, Carol. :-( There are no words to write that will comfort the void in the space of your heart's that she only can fill. I have faith that your belief in Jehovah God, will bring you to a place of acceptance and peace within. Carol, will forever be remembered by me as a fun loving, charismatic, jubilant, high spirited happy individual, who always seem to be on another journey of life. She wakes up the room once entering it with that voice of excitement and cheer. Always smiling showing those beautiful pearly whites. "I Loved Her." I recall, the Summer I visited their home and the children got a puppy and name him, "Button's," after my nickname, I felt so honored, to have a doggie name after me. :-) I will truly miss seeing her visit whenever I come that way again.:-( I appreciate so very much this article written on her Life and Light and Accomplishments, (Auntie), (Y) You have done a magnificent job!!!!, I wish I could have been present for the supporting of her final hours', Thank You! All that were their for 'Support to The Family."

Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on September 14, 2015:

I appreciate your touching comment about your mom and the things you remember about her. Continue setting a good example and thanks for keeping her memory alive along with the celebration of her life.

Jaleel Graham on September 10, 2015:

Special thanks to the author (my aunt) for shining light on my mothers life and accomplishments. This was very touching for me and further informed me on what my mother was able to accomplish during her life journey.

My mother touched the lives of many and was made me who I am today. I will follow in her footsteps and achieving great things, being positive, and showing her contagious smile she has provided me. My mom will be missed.

Love you Mommy, your son Jaleel (Aka DeDe)

P.S. She still called me that as a man, never stop being your baby!

Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on September 10, 2015:

Thanks to all family and friends who included a comment about Carol Graham's life. She meant a lot to all of us and will never be forgotten. As Carol's auntie, I will never forget her smile and interesting sense of humor. She loved doing The Manhattans' interview. Especially with Sony Bivens, who is now also deceased. That is why we felt it was appropriate to include the footage from "Delaware Valley Spotlight," of this multi-talented group because this was a special day in her life.

I recall Carol, explaining numerous times, how our days of hanging at the discos and working as hosts for "Delaware Valley Spotlight," were some of the best days of her life. These were unforgettable times I will always cherish.

I have tremendous hope in what God's word the Bible states at John 5:28, 29 "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, . . ." I look forward to seeing Carol, resurrected to life again just as Jesus set the pattern during his resurrection for all humankind that have fallen asleep in death. Hearing her laughter as Carol, dances again is something I look forward to as well in the future.

All our love and prayers go out to her sons, Jared and Jaleel. We also keep her sisters Zenda and Dara as well as Carol's mother Mae and brother Greg in our prayers.

Kasia on September 10, 2015:

Carol, you were a beautiful person both inside and out. This is a beautiful tribute. Happy to see the dash of you life between birthdate and death date shows how much your contribution to our lives meant to us. Love you always!!

Joel on September 09, 2015:

This was very impressive read, exquisite job!

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