Sunday, February 25, 2007

Obituary of James Henry "Jimmy" Graves (1919-2007)

James Henry (Jimmy) Graves
Feb 21, 2007 - 08:53:21 am CST

Yanceyville, NC- James Henry "Jimmy" Graves. It is with profound sorrow we announce the death of Mr. James Henry "Jimmy" Graves of 239 North Ave., who died Sunday, February 18, 2007 in the Brian Center Nursing Home in Yanceyville, NC.

He was a native of Caswell County, the son of the late Peter Graves and Harriet Watkins Graves, born July 16, 1919. He was a member of Pearson Chapel A.M.E. Church, where he served on the Steward Board, Trustee Board, and Grave Yard Committee and former treasure of the church. He also was a member of the Allen's Chapel Masonic Lodge #676 and was Past Master of the Lodge.

He was a graduate of Caswell County Training School. He was an employee of Carolina Steel in Greensboro, NC, Hooper General Store, Red & White General Store and a staff member at Fulton Funeral Home before retirement.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II and received an honorable discharge. He also received several decorations and citations such as: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Philippine Liberation Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Good Conduct Medal and a World War 11 Victory Medal.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, George, Jerry Lenzy, Peter Steven, Ruffus, William Douglas, and Richard; four sisters, Mattie Williamson, Julia Graves, Mamie Price, and Louise Gales.

His survivors are wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Totten Graves of the home; 1 daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann Graves Garner of Yanceyville, NC; 1 son, Jimmy Lea Graves of Blanch, NC; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. James Henry "Jimmy" Graves will be Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Pearson Chapel A.M.E. Church with Reverend Herbert S. Williams delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Military Rites performed by American Legion Post 29 Honor Guard.

The family visitation will be Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 pm at Fulton Funeral Home Chapel. The family may be contacted at his residence, 239 North Avenue, Yanceyville, NC. All arrangements for Mr. James Henry Graves are entrusted to Fulton Funeral Home 219 Dillard School Dr. Yanceyville, NC.

Source: The Caswell Messenger, 21 February 2007.

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