Graham Deacon Glassman Sr., 84, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on March 12, 2019 in Marion, NC.

Visitation will be 2pm (Friday 3/15/19 at Beam Funeral Service Marion, NC and memorial service will commence immediately afterwards with Jerry Lewis of Grace Community Church officiating.

Graham was born in S. Bend, IN to Herbert & Helen Glassman on 2/5/35. He went to school at Chamblee High School in Atlanta, GA. Graham founded & built G-Man Kartworks which was a leading supplier of plastic karting equipment & performance parts that provided racing equipment, support, and sponsorships from beginners all the way to the professional level. His contribution & loyalty to the sport can still be seen at tracks up & down the east coast today. He was inducted into the World Karting Association Hall of Fame in January of 2002.

Graham is preceded in death by (mother & father- Herbert & Helen Glassman & Arthur Charles, brother.

Graham is survived by his life partner Margaret Hunter; son, Graham Glassman Jr., daughter, Dorothy and husband, Tom Dye; son, Clifford and wife, Denise Glassman; son, Greg Glassman and wife, Suzie Glassman; brother, Herbert Glassman; and sister, Francis Patterson; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of McDowell County. The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to Hospice of McDowell County in Marion for their care, help, & guidance provided during this challenging time.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Glassman family.

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