Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ernest Donald Graves, 73, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at St. John's Hospital, Aurora.

He was born May 15, 1932, in Barry County to Orbie and Rhoda (Long) Graves.

He was a 1950 graduate of Cassville High School. He was a dairy farmer and attended the Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church.

He married Mildred Childress in 1953. On aug. 25, 2003, he married Frances Louise Forester in Barry county and she survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Brenda Graves and two brothers, Johnny and Gerald Graves.

Addtional survivors include: three sons, Steven Graves and his wife, Mary, of Monett, Randy Graves and his wife, Kelly, and Mark Graves and his wife, Cindy, all of Verona; three stepdaughters two stepsons; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield.