Monday, June 25, 2012

William L. Graves 1849-1935

William Lanch Graves was born in the year 1849 and died Sept. 7, 1935 at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 28 days.  He was married to Evelyn York in 1870 and to this union 10 children were born.  This wife and five children preceded him to the Great Beyond.  Those living are: Henry Graves, Mollie Gan, Frank Graves, Jennie Manes and Lilbourn Graves.

Mr. Graves was later married to Emiline Henson, in 1889, and to this union 9 children were born, this wife and 9 children preceding him in death.  Those surviving are: Everett Graves, Mae Dunlap and Marvin Graves.  In 1926 he was married to Nancy Gilkey.  She and eight children, 45 grandchildren, besides many great-grandchildren and other relatives and a host of friends are left to mourn their loss.

Mr. Graves was converted in early life and remained a faithful Christian.  The old church book shows he was ordained Deacon in the Friendship church 56 years ago.

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