Graham Norris Borland passed away unexpectedly in a plane crash near Charleston, S.C. on August 14th, 2014.
Graham was born on September 11, 1980, and raised in Conyers, Georgia. As a little tyke he was in constant motion and loved playing soccer, watching Braves games with the family, and running around the neighborhood with friends. Growing up he attended the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Covington where he served as an acolyte. He graduated in 1999 from Salem High School where he was a varsity soccer player and kicker for the football team.
From Conyers, Graham headed to the College of Charleston and graduated with a degree in history in 2004. It was there that he met Alyson Schwartz. They married in a beautiful service in their beloved Charleston on September 24, 2005. Graham pursued his life-long dream to become a pilot after attending the Delta Connection Academy in Florida. His love of flying took him all over the country through Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and back to his adopted home, Charleston, SC, this summer where he worked as a flight instructor. Alyson was unwavering in her support for Graham and his passion for flying. She was his biggest champion in every aspect of life.
Graham was a world traveler and especially loved Costa Rica, which he visited numerous times. When he wasn’t in the air, he enjoyed spending time on the lake, scuba diving, following the Dave Matthews Band and rooting for Georgia Tech, the Braves and the Falcons. By far the greatest loves of his life were Alyson and their two precious daughters. McClain Blue (Lainey) was born in March 2010, and Celia Grace completed the family in January 2014. The girls share their daddy’s fierce spirit of conviction. Graham found his true calling as a father.
Graham will be greatly missed by his wife Alyson, his daughters Lainey and Celia, his parents Danelle and Jim Borland of Greensboro, GA, his sister, Hilary Bellm of Austin, TX, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
A celebration of Graham’s life will be held on Saturday, August 23rd. There will be a small church service for family at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, GA at 11:00 am. This will be followed by an open reception to share love and memories at the Carriage House at Harbor Club (from I-20, exit #130 south 4 miles), Lake Oconee beginning at 12:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Graham, there has been a memorial fund set up for his daughters. Donations can made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch into the account of McClain or Celia Borland.