Dean Graham

Dean Tracy Graham, 53, of 214 Poplar Mountain Lane, Carnesville,  passed away Friday July 28, 2017.

Born December 20, 1963 in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was the son of Thomas and Brenda Holcomb Graham. He served in the U S Army.  He moved here from West Virginia and had been a Georgia resident for the past 33 years.  He worked for Blue Moon Cycles and was the best motorcycle mechanic in the world.  He loved riding motorcycles,  was a member of the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, and tinkering with anything to do with motorcycles.  Fun loving in life and work, he was an Ordained Minister of Dudeism, member of the Airheads, proud veteran, and a Libertarian. He enjoyed gardening and running an extensive cat and poultry ranch. Just loving life!

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Ann Pfeffer; his parents Thomas and Brenda of West Virginia; four sons, Samuel Graham and Joseph Graham of Augusta, GA, and Savador Sanano, Carnesville, GA, Michael Graham, West Virginia; one daughter, Jade Sanano, Carnesville.

Friends and family will gather at his home for his memorial 6pm Friday evening.  Condolences may be left at




  1. Gina Marie Cooper
    August 18, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    Catherine, Michael, Samuel, Joseph, Salvador, Jade, Brenda and Tom,
    The loss you have all suffered is one of indescribeable pain. I, too, know that pain. What I also know and will always, always remember about Dean was the pure light and love that shown from his eyes for any and all who knew him. Ever that wry grin and twinkle in his eye would bring a smile. One of the things I remember most fondly is the way he’d smile with his chipped front tooth and slightly curled upper lip….I don’t know any other way to describe it….but his smile always brought out the same in others. He was the father to our sons and my husband for many years. In Catherine he found his soulmate, finally, after what seemed like a lifetime. He was happiest with his family, his motorcycles, his mountains, the ‘girls’, and his garden. I know he’d found his place in this world in Carnesville with them. We last saw him a week before his passing….and the one thing that comes to mind when I think of it is this. Dean looked at peace with his world as he knew it. Catherine, and all the rest who are mourning his loss, including myself, know that I saw peace in Dean’s eyes. Maybe, just maybe that is why it was time for him to move on to the other side. Without a doubt I know he is sharing the same astral plane with his brother, Ken, Ashton Boorn, Dan Stephens, and all those he loved who’d preceded him in passing on.

    Dean, for the time I was blessed to call you husband…even moreso for the two wonderful sons you gave me and then raised into fine young men, I forever thank you. In the end, I was blessed to call you my friend. Ride on, Dean, and I’ll see you somewhere in the twisties on the other side. To all of us who survive, take joy in the man he was….the one who could make anyone smile.

  2. So saddened to hear the loss of Tom and Brenda as well as Dean’s family and friends. All of us will know that a bright light in our lives no longer shines where can see it. Am proud to have had Dean as a friend and still recall all the crazy things we did as kids that drove our parents up the wall. Will sincerely miss the chance to roll on down the road with the dude I once called my best friend. Ride on brother.

  3. 2 Things happened when I talked to Dean, he would say something that made me laugh, and he would say something that made me think. A true one of a kind. My condolences to the family.

  4. Tom and Nancy Daniels
    August 3, 2017 - 5:44 pm

    Brenda,Tommy, and family, we want you to know we are so sorry and wish we could be with you. We are thinking of you and praying for strength in the coming days. Such a terrible loss.

  5. Sandra Smith Sullivan
    August 3, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    Dear Brenda and Tommy,
    My thoughts are with you.

  6. With prayers for God’s comfort for all of us who loved this good man. We will miss you always, Dean, until we meet again. Ride with the wind…

  7. Betty Jo Garten
    August 2, 2017 - 8:52 am

    We are so sorry for your tragic loss. May God comfort you during this very difficult time. Brenda and Tommy, we are keeping all of you in our prayers . Love and prayers, Stan and Betty Jo

  8. Jerry and Charlotte Martin
    August 2, 2017 - 8:40 am

    We have known Dean since we became his next door neighbor in 1967 and his parents are our very dear friends. We watched him grow up and watched him play with our daughter and the other kids on the block. He was a very smart young man and loved tinkering with things. Our hearts are broken knowing his tragic death at such an early life. We pray for God’s comfort for the entire family.

  9. Marilyn Caldwell Zionic
    August 2, 2017 - 4:04 am

    Tom and Brenda,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful young man you raised.

  10. Deborah Martin Hill
    August 1, 2017 - 9:48 pm

    To the family,
    Dean was a great childhood playmate and friend. He helped me in ways many may not have known in a very difficult time of my life. During my junior and senior year in high school I struggled with anorexia and bulimia. Despite the intervention of friends, parents and doctors, I could not change my view of myself or stop my behaviors. Dean sat down with me one evening on our back porch and had a long talk with me that opened my eyes to my condition and helped me recover. He probably saved my life that evening. He was one of the smartest people I knew and valued the things in life that made him happy. No frills or needs to impress the world. He just knew what he wanted to do and be. The world needs more people like that. My prayers go out to his children, his wife and especially his dear parents.

  11. What a friend, gonna miss u

  12. My heartfelt condolences to Dean’s family. I have many fond memories of Dean growing up, but my favorite has to be the day he came home covered in mud with his dirt bike and Brenda’s response. He was so kind like the time that he came up to my house to fill in mortar on a block wall that didn’t meet his standards that some one else had laid. I also remember sharing Brenda’s pain the day he shipped out for the military.

  13. I’m so sorry for the loss of this great guy! I graduated high school with Dean and worked with his mother, Brenda, for awhile during my college years. The Graham family is in my thoughts.

  14. Dean,
    You are the funniest guy I have ever known, an awesome wrench and Rider Coach. You my friend will be missed, but you live in our hearts and stories we will tell. Rest In Peace my brother and see you on the other side. God bless you!

  15. Rhonda Foreman
    August 1, 2017 - 7:36 pm

    You will be greatly missed by so many. You were an amazing man and great friend. Ride on until we meet again some day. Cat, so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and the family in my prayers as you all go this transition period.

    August 1, 2017 - 7:09 pm

    I am devastated along with the rest of his family and friends. There are no words….

  17. It is such a huge loss. Dean helped so many people, was an incredible mechanic and wiil always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor. Wishing for peace for his family.

  18. Diane and Waldo Graham
    August 1, 2017 - 4:12 pm

    Catherine we are so sorry for your loss of a really great man. We are his aunt and uncle and thought the world of Dean. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. I met Dean at a Libertarian meeting in Athens in 2008. I loved hanging out with him. Quick witted and living life to the fullest, on his own terms.
    Ill truly miss him.

  20. Dean lived his life and worked at what he loved in such a natural way. His quick wit and ready smile were always on the forefront, but he had little time for fools. Dean had better things to do.
    My deepest sympathies are offered to his family and the friends who knew him well. He will be missed…oh, so greatly missed.

  21. You were a friend and brother, and my entire family loved you. I know that you and Ashton are together in Heaven, and that you have already formed a great bike club. Be at peace, my brother, and know that you will always be in our hearts.

  22. Dean,
    You were one of the truly good guys. You created countless wonderful memories for so very many people; wherever you are you will forever be in our hearts. Peace and love to you and your family during this sorrowful time. Ride on, Dean.

  23. Gina Gordy Earls
    August 1, 2017 - 12:16 pm

    You will be missed in this world, dear friend. I enjoyed working with you when you worked in Motorcycle Safety. You were such a great instructor. Always loved seeing your smiling face. Godspeed, my friend.

  24. The earthly world is missing you! But heaven gained a fine man. Ride on.

  25. John Ringhoffer
    August 1, 2017 - 10:37 am

    You were a good friend to me , and helped me with my motorcycles many times. You always made me and others around you always laugh. I and others wish we had a 1/4 of the knowledge you had with motorcycle mechanics! My heart goes out to your family. Ride on Dean…………ride on.

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