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Rosalie "Rose" Sweat Graham

July 1, 1925 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Rosalie "Rose" Sweat Graham Obituary

Rosalie "Rose" Sweat Graham age 98 of Demorest, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 08, 2024.

Rose was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, to Clifford and Autie
Lee Sweat. She grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, where her father
was a boilermaker for the Illinois Central Railroad. Rose also
spent many enjoyable summers at the home of her maternal
grandparents, Jackson Rhodes and Rosa Lee Underwood, near
Hazelhurst, Georgia. After her father’s death, Rose and her
younger brother, Morris, moved to Jacksonville, Florida, with their
mother. Rose attended Andrew Jackson High School where she
ran track and played basketball. After graduation from Andrew
Jackson, she attended Jacksonville Junior College (now
Jacksonville University).

 

Rose married Vernon Graham of Denton, Georgia. The young
couple first resided in Brunswick, Georgia, and then Nashville,
Tennessee, where Vernon studied refrigeration and air
conditioning principles while Rose worked for Spur Oil Distributing
Company. The couple relocated to Jacksonville where Vernon
pursued a career as a civilian employee of the United States Navy
at N.A.S. Jacksonville. The couple had one son, Danny, and Rose
worked as a homemaker until Danny was a junior high school
student.

She returned to her studies and then sought opportunities in
finance. She worked for different companies as bookkeeper and
accounts receivable specialist and for Memorial Hospital as
special assistant to the comptroller. She next worked for the
Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services for the State of
Florida serving in various capacities including statistician, payroll
auditor and currier, and data input specialist for the state hospital
in Macclenny.

Rose was always an eager student taking advantage of work-
related continuing education courses throughout her career. Upon
retirement, she attended Jacksonville University, the University of
North Florida, and Flagler College, studying computer science,
history, and the humanities. In addition, she was a tour guide,
historic site interpreter, and volunteer for the National Park
Service in the St. Augustine area. She also worked for the NPS
and on-site concessionaires at Glacier in Montana, Massanutten
in Virginia, and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

 

Rose and her family were always active in the work of the church.
During her lifetime, she served many area churches, including
Hogan Baptist, Southside Baptist, Moultrie Baptist, and Ancient
City Baptist. Rose taught Sunday School and directed Christian
Education and Training. She volunteered with the Christian
Ministry in the National Parks organization when she worked at
various parks. She volunteered through Ancient City Baptist at the
local food bank.

 

In April 2018, Rose moved to the Silver Creek Assisted Living
Community where she shared stories and participated in a variety
of activities.

 

In 2021, at age 95, Rose wrote a short story which was published
in the May-June 2021 issue of Good Old Days Magazine. “The
Den of Iniquity” is the title of her light-hearted treatment of an
incident from her childhood in Paducah, Kentucky, not long after
the end of prohibition.

 

Most recently, Rose lived at Magnolia Hills in Demorest, Georgia.
Rose’s husband, Vernon, died in 1976, and Rose never
remarried. She and her brother cared for their mother until Autie’s
death in 1988. Rose’s brother, Morris, died in 1997, and her
nephew, Harold Sweat (Morris and Bettye’s son), died in 2018.

Her sister-in-law, Bettye Sweat, died in 2021. Rose is survived by
her son Danny and his wife, Judith Ann; her granddaughters,
Rebekah Saylors and her husband, Wes, and Ann Graham; and
nieces, Linda Gerth and Suzanne Aboud; great nephew Rick
Sweat; great niece Angelina Aboud; and many cousins.

An online guest registry is available for the Graham family at www.HillsideMemorialChapel.com

No Services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are in the care & professional direction of Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens of Clarkesville, Georgia. (706) 754-6256

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