William Edgar “Dub” Graham, Jr.
December 31, 1929 – June 27, 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina – William Edgar “Dub” Graham, Jr., 91, died June 27, 2021 at the Cypress of Raleigh. He was born December 31, 1929 in Jackson Springs, NC to William Edgar and Minnie Autry Graham. Dub, who was identified as “W.E.” ahead of his college or university days, attended West End Large Faculty, in the exact building for 12 many years, graduating in 1948 in a course of 20 good friends.
In 1952, Dub graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, in which he was a member of the Golden Fleece, The Get of the Grail, the pupil legislature and the Air Drive ROTC. After graduation, he served two years as a Special Agent in the Air Pressure Business of Particular Investigation. He then returned to UNC University of Regulation, obtaining a JD with Honors in 1956. He served in many roles in and after regulation college, together with as Affiliate Editor of the Legislation Evaluation, and was afterwards named a Distinguished Graduate by the Regulation Faculty Alumni Affiliation, its highest honor.
Right after serving a 12 months as law clerk to the Honorable John J. Parker, Main Choose of the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Dub practiced regulation in Charlotte for 12 several years, specializing in private personal injury, prison and domestic law. He recalled fondly his early yrs in observe when he was in courtroom pretty much day-to-day. He was lively in politics, and served as President of the NC Younger Democrats Club in 1962. In 1969, Dub moved his youthful relatives to Raleigh, when he was appointed to the North Carolina Court docket of Appeals. He served on the bench for four yrs, right before accepting the place of Vice President and Basic Counsel of Carolina Electricity & Light Organization. His decision to go away the courtroom, which he viewed as amid the greatest of all callings, was the most difficult of his career. He served at CP&L for 20 yrs, the very last 10 as Vice Chairman.
On his retirement, he joined the Hunton and Williams regulation firm “of counsel”, for what was meant to be a several several years, but fortunately became 15 decades. He entirely retired on his 79th birthday.
Throughout his prolonged profession, Dub served in leadership roles of numerous specialist, authorized, civic and charitable businesses, together with as Chairman of the Higher Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Utility Segment of the American Bar Association, and trustee of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. A lifelong Presbyterian, his most meaningful assistance was to his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, exactly where he served as Elder, Sunday University instructor and Stephen Minister. He was happy to have chaired the committee that identified as Art Ross to the senior pastor role at WMPC, wherever he served as beloved pastor for several yrs. Dub also relished church mission outings, especially Haiti, where by he traveled numerous situations.
Dub was a member of numerous clubs, including the Carolina Place Club, exactly where he performed tennis a number of moments a week for quite a few several years. He was a very pleased member of the Rams Club, and was a devoted Tar Heel enthusiast all over his lifetime. Dub remained energetic lengthy right after his hair turned its signature silver. He liked tennis and snow snowboarding into his 80s, and traveled greatly, checking out all 7 continents. He was a lifelong learner and reader, crafting three novels in his retirement. Most of all he cherished enjoyable with his youngsters and grandchildren at a loved ones lake house in Moore County, near his childhood house.
Dub is survived by his previous wife and dear friend, Jean McLaurin Graham, his 3 kids and their spouses: Dr. William McLaurin Graham and wife, Dr. Christine Carr, of Isle of Palms, S.C., John McMillan Graham and spouse Lisa, of Mt. Pleasurable, S.C., and Sally Graham Helweg and partner, Joe, of Charlotte N.C. He cherished his seven grandchildren: Dixon and Riley Graham, Jack, Elizabeth and Graham Helweg, and Leland and Eli Graham.
He was predeceased by a sister, Julia Graham Blanchard and brother-in-regulation, Jake Blanchard, and is survived by his two nieces, Kathryn Blanchard and Maryjohn Blanchard, and their spouses and children.
Solutions will be held on Friday, July 16th at 2:30 pm at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family members will obtain good friends next the company in the Jane Bell Accumulating Room. The support will be accessible via stay stream and can be identified at www.whitememorial.org/livestream.
Memorials may well be despatched to White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.
Solutions are presented by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh.

Printed by The News & Observer on Jul. 4, 2021.