June 20, 2015 Memorial services for Jerome Graham, 72, of Crossville will be held at a later date. Jerry, who was of the Roman Catholic faith, succumbed to Picks Disease June 20, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia Graves; two daughters, Gina M. Knight and Tiphaney Martone; two sons, Jerome Graham II and Brian Birchmeier; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. As a young musician in Flint, MI, Jerry played in popular home town groups with Sherm Mitchell, Bob Adado and many others before being brought to Miami, FL, by Bob and Don Davis. They played the Playboy clubs and popular show rooms all over the United States. Frankie Avalon heard about him, went to hear a show he was playing in California and hired him on the spot. Frankie, Vic Glazer, and Jerry were on the road for many years together. Their circuit included Hawaii, Bermuda and Las Vegas, among many others. Jerry was in demand and doing studio work when not on the road. He made albums with many artists like Bobby Rydell. When his youngest child, Tiphaney, was born, he decided to quit traveling. Receiving a full scholarship, he began his college career at the University of Miami, earning an AA degree in music education and administration. He then went to Trinity International University, graduating with honors and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in human resources management. He later attended Barry University working toward a Master’s Degree in elementary education. He was on the board of JPG, Inc., which held beauty salons and boutiques on Key Biscayne, FL. He was a popular business owner with both the salon clients and clothing customers, excelling in sales of upscale lingerie and better sports wear. He joined the Key Biscayne Rotary, was very active and became a Brother. He never left the music business and continued to play on cruise ships with entertainers like Frankie Avalon, Eddie Fisher and Jim Nabors. He played with many groups, including Barbara Eden, Rodney Dangerfield, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bobby Rydell. His most recent professional credits were with the Crossville Community Orchestra. His favorite music was jazz and big bands. He will be greatly missed! You may share your thoughts or send condolences to the family and get service date and time by visiting and www.presleyfuneralhome.com. Professional services provided by Presley Funeral Home (931) 528-1044.
Published on  June 25, 2015