Graham, Robin Hamblin
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 29th, Robin Graham, age 52, went to be with her Heavenly Father. Robin was born and raised in Christiansburg, VA. She attended Christiansburg High School and graduated in 1986. She attended New River Community College and worked for Darryl Gillespie, CPA where she held the position of head bookkeeper and office assistant. She attended Sowders Chapel Baptist Church in Shawsville, VA.
Robin was very outgoing and never met a stranger. She was always smiling and was a sweet soul. She bravely battled Triple Negative Breast cancer for 20 months. She continued to work throughout this battle, and she remained upbeat and positive for the entire time. She has an unshakeable faith in God. She was never one to complain about her illness. Robin was truly an inspiration to all those who know her. She loved her family and loved spending time with them. She loved her sidekick, Lucy.
In her spare time, Robin loved random road trips with her husband, exploring new areas and trying new restaurants. She loved her 80’s music and often reminisced about her days of “cruising” Christiansburg in her blue trans am from Hardees to Hardees. She loved the color purple and anything with Breast Cancer Awareness. She was known for driving fast and living life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those who knew her.
Robin is preceded in death by maternal grandmother Rosie E. Duncan, maternal grandfather William “Junior” Bishop; paternal grandmother Elsie Bond Hamblin, paternal grandfather Eugene Graham Hamblin; sisters-in-law Lindsey Graham Ibrahim and Tracy Graham; and nephew, Steven Robertson.
She is survived by her husband Marvin Graham; children Jacob and Marissa Graham; parents Kenneth and Virginia Hamblin; sister Kathy Surface and husband Jerry Surface; sister Brenda Gail Twiggs. She is also survived by father and mother-in- law Marvin and Becky Graham, Jr.; sisters-in law-Michelle Shrader and husband Ken, Lisa Church and husband Tracy, Leslie Robertson, Sara Graham and fiancé Wayne Hartman, Kelly Atkinson and husband Josh; brother-in-law Zach Graham and wife Whitney. Also surviving are nieces Lisa Shark and husband Chris, Suzanne Twiggs, Misty Barton and husband Tyler, Amber Robertson and fiancé Joey Minter, Afton Graham, Avery, Caroline, and Reagan. Nephews include J.T. Surface and wife Lauren, Allen Surface and wife Molly, K.C. Carson, Wesley Shrader, J.T. Shrader and fiancé Holly Lambert, Michael Graham and Zane Ibrahim, Tyler, Isaiah, and Jonah Atkinson. Surviving are great nieces Chelsea Akers and Devon Viars, Gretchen Surface and Harliee Barton; great nephews Harley Akers and Natalie, Corbin Surface, Aiden Surface, Bennett Surface, Patrick Surface and Mason Hale; and great great niece Presley Viars as well as Robin’s special dog Lucy.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Robin’s work family, Darryl Gillespie, CPA, the staff at UVA Medical Center and Oncology Department, and Rhonda Lester, RN, at Lewis Gale Health System. Thank you to all of the family members who graciously gave of their time whether it was getting Robin to appointments, bringing food, helping with Lucy, or keeping Robin company.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial tributes be directed to Robin Graham’s Funeral Fund to assist with expenses. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 4th at 2:00pm at Horne Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will begin at 3:00pm at Horne Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery.