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Dr. Carol L. Grahl Jr.

 

Dr. Carol L. Grahl Jr.

Dr. Carol L. Grahl Jr., 87, of Brevard, passed away Nov. 8, 2014, at The Oaks of Brevard.

A native of Waynesville, N.C., he was the son of Carol L. and Geneva Grahl Sr. In addition to his parents, his sisters, Doris Philman and Martha Ann Mehaffey, and his brother, Bill Grahl, preceded him in death.

He was born in Waynesville Nov. 27, 1926. Growing up, he participated and excelled in both football and basketball, ultimately earning a football scholarship to the University of Kansas.

Prior to attending the university, he entered the United States Navy at the age of 17, where he obtained the rank of Hospital Apprentice 1st Class while serving aboard the U.S. Battleship Wiscon-sin during World War II.

While attending the University of Kansas, his summers were spent either in Detroit working on the auto assembly lines, or back in Waynesville at the country club caddying. After graduating from Kansas he was recalled back into service during the Korean War.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School. Upon graduation, he moved to Brevard in the summer of 1956, when he established his dental practice, located off Johnson Street across from the current American Legion. He continued to practice dentistry for the next 44 years before his retirement in 2000.

Aside from his dental practice in Brevard, he participated in local civic organizations including the Elks Club, Jaycees, V.F.W. and the Transylvania Drug Taskforce. Education was a passion as well for him, serving many years on the Transylvania School Board as a member and also as chairman.

He also served on the local Morehead Scholarship Committee for UNC Chapel Hill, helping deserving students attend UNC Chapel Hill.

In his spare time, he was an avid supporter of the North Carolina Tarheels (especially basketball and football), the Brevard Blue Devils, and later in life, the Clemson Tigers. Both he and his son would attend many football and basketball games at both U.N.C. and Clemson, as well as many A.C.C. basketball tournaments.

He was always known around town and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking to folks at Ingles or the post office. His 1965 orange Mustang was always a staple in and around Brevard.

He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, and for being both positive and upbeat whenever you encountered him.

He is survived by, his wife of 56 years, Shirley J. Grahl, and his son, Carol L. Grahl III, of Minneapolis, Minn.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in the chapel of Moore Funeral Home in Brevard, with Rev. Tommy Owen officiating.

The Transylvania County Veterans Association Honor Guard and the National Guard will perform military rites.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Transylvania County Veterans Association Honor Guard.

To leave a condolence for the Grahl family, visit "obituaries" at moore-fh.com.

Moore Funeral Home & Cremation Services are caring for the family.

 
 

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