Stacey L. Graham was born on Dec. 3rd, 1967, in Tifton, GA to David Graham (deceased 1979) and Louise Barnes (deceased 1981). After his mother Louise died, his Grandmother Rosa Byron raised him from the age of 14. He graduated high school in 1988 and the following year, at 19, Stacey enlisted with the Navy in August 1989. He went to MEPS and got sworn in at Atlanta, GA and went to boot camp in Orlando,FL. In 1990 he was sent to NATTC "A" school In Millington, TN where he gained his rating.
During his military career with the Navy, Stacey did two tours in Afghanistan, where he was a part of Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He had the chance to travel all over the world, from Iraq to Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the Orient. He went on deployments that took him away from his family months at a time. He was with the aircraft carrier strike group the USS Kennedy, USS Nimitz, and USS Lincoln. Stacey was in the Philippines helping with humanitarian relief efforts when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. He changed his designation from an Aviation Electrician to Aviation Ordinance. Stacey was stationed here in NAS Whidbey Island with VAQ-129, The Vikings, a training squadron where he was a LINE LPO. He then transferred to VAQ-133, The Wizards, until he retired with an Honorable Discharge in December of 2009 after 20 years of military service. He was a First Class, designated as AO1(AW) Stacey L. Graham.
In between his military service, Stacey met a young woman named Joena, at a KFC drive thru. He became smitten and pursued her. They got married on June 8th, 1992. They would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary 11 days from the day he passed away. Together they had 3 children. A son, Stacey Jr., daughter Rahsanna, and son Edwin.
Upon his retirement, Stacey decided to become a Stay at home Dad and took care of his youngest son Edwin full time. He kept himself busy with projects at home. He became known as a Renaissance Man, Master of None. He liked to go thrift store shopping, always looking for good deals and bargains. If he wasn't doing things outside of the house like grocery shopping, paying bills, or carpooling, he enjoyed being at home watching his favorite tv programs like Arrow, The Flash, Quantico and Swamp people. He was a movie buff and a Sci-Fi fan. He also loved to cook for his family, he was big on throwing down a BBQ.
Stacey made sure that he and Edwin did things together to forge a strong bond between them, something he didn't get to do much of with his older son, due to rigorous work schedule and from being gone on deployments. He became involved in helping with practices for T-ball and driving him to all his games and Junior League bowling. He enjoyed bowling as much as Edwin that he also signed up for the Monday night league with Joena. Stacey passed away on May 28th, 2017, just 15 days before his daughter Rahsanna's high school graduation.
Stacey is survived by his wife Joena, son Stacey Jr., daughter Rahsanna, son Edwin. Granddaughters Adriana and Ava. Father in law Larry Johnston, Mother in law Susana Johnston, Brother in law David Johnston, niece Julianna Wilson, Brother in law Chris Johnston, nieces Leighandrea, Sapphira, and Jessalyn. His siblings: Brother Johnny "Ray" Little, sister in law Joyce, Sister Mary Kelly, nephews Javis Barnes, Brian Kelly, nieces Sasha and Nikita Kelly and her two boys Dettorian and Dyson Kelly, and Brother David Graham, nieces Taylor Graham, Kennedy Graham and nephew Trevor Graham. Siblings: Shirley Jackson,Vero (Beach Fla), Tonya Pitts Minter, (Ellenwood, GA), Alicia Pitts,(Atlanta ,GA),Willie Mae Pitts Johnson, (Tifton, GA), Lorraine Pitts, (Riverdale, GA), Yvette Pitts, (Atlanta, GA), Brothers Willie A. Pitts, (East Point,GA) and Tyrone Pitts (East Point, GA). Two VERY close cousins: Estelle Gains and Cathy Pitts Collins. And many, many friends from across the US.
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