edythe-kathryn_web.jpgEdythe Kathryn Graham, 82
BRANDON – Edythe Kathryn Graham of Brandon, formerly of Miami, died Sept. 15. She was 82. A longtime teacher and retiree of the Dade County School System; Graham was preceded in death by her parents the Rev. Edward T. and Ethel Evans Graham.

Survivors include her daughters Charmaine Barfield Sutton (Lawson) of Miami, Karen Barfield Steiner of Douglasville, Ga. and Felicia Barfield Perkins (Walter) of Valrico; brother Alexander Graham of Columbia, S.C.; sisters Glenda Graham Harris of Miami and Deloris Cox Collier of Seffner; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Exhibit recalls black 1st S.C. Volunteers
BEAUFORT, S.C. – A new exhibit in Beaufort tells the story of the Union’s 1st S.C. Volunteers, also known as the 1st S.C. Colored Troops. The exhibit at the Beaufort History Museum continues through December. The event will be marked in the coming weeks with a screening of the movie Glory and encampments by black re-enactors.

The 1st S.C. Volunteers were mustered in Beaufort when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on New Year’s Day 1863. The soldiers had been fighting for the Union for two months prior to that, although technically during that time they were considered contraband – spoils of war won by the federals. The exhibit follows troops from the unit through their service in the war and into Reconstruction.

USPS honors Ray Charles with stamp
ATLANTA – The U.S. Postal Service has added world-famous musician Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series, unveiling a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga. native, along with one of the artist’s previously unreleased songs, during special events in Atlanta and Los Angeles Sept. 23. Charles, a singer and songwriter who pioneered the soul and rhythm and blues genres, died in 2004. A sheet of 16 “Ray Charles Forever” stamps costs $7.37. They can be purchased at local post offices or online at uspc.com

Picture above: Edythe Kathryn Graham