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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Israel Graves

December 12, 2005August 9, 2019
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Israel Al-Amir Graves, age13, ascended August 9, 2019. He was born December 12, 2005, in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Cara Nicole Richetts (Nikki) and Vashon Alvin Graves. Israel, affectionately known as Izzy, attended Southwest Middle School where he was a very social, honors student whose favorite subject was Math. Israel was a mature young man, wise beyond his years. In 2017, Izzy requested to be Baptized at which time he and his mom became members of The City Church in Huntersville, NC. He was quite the mensch.

At first meeting, Izzy would present as soft-spoken and reserved. But once getting to know him, you might witness his handsome smile, infectious laugh, and comedic side. He was playful and had a wonderful sense of humor. Israel enjoyed almost any kind of pizza, gaming on Xbox and Playstation, and virtual reality games. Izzy was a talented artist. He liked to draw and paint with acrylics. Israel recently began to teach himself to play the guitar and the keyboard.

Preceding Izzy is his maternal grandfather, Carl Bernard Wilson, and his paternal grandfather, Ellihue (Al) Graves. He is survived by his parents Cara Richetts of Charlotte, NC and Vashon Graves of Irvington, NJ. Izzy is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Theresa Richetts (Glam-ma) of Statesville, NC and his paternal grandmother Barbara Jones (Me-Maw) of Albany, GA. In addition, memories of his life will be cherished by his Godmothers Charlotte Freeman of Newark, NJ and Rashelle Crawford of Statesville, NC, siblings, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Homegoing services are handled by the McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd Charlotte, NC 28210. Calling hours will be Friday, August 16th from 3pm-4pm and services to celebrate Izzy’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, immediately followed by a light reception. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte (https://100blackmenofcharlotte.org/), Hometown Heroes (http://htheroes.org/), Martin Truex Jr. Foundation (https://www.martintruexjrfoundation.org/), PinkySwear (https://www.pinkyswear.org/), or Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (https://www.childrenscancerpartners.org/). Israel touched the lives of many and will truly be missed by all. David Hampton (Paw-Pa) would always say, Israel was “loved more than money and longer than time".

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Israel's Life Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

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Angela Peterkin

August 16, 2019

I've always said that Izzy was beyond his years.. He touched so many people in different ways. I loved his quiet smile and soft spoken voice. He was truly a smart intelligent young man, a one of a kind leader. RIH little guy and hold the gates open for us.

Angela

Susan Ratcliff

August 16, 2019

I was honored to know this beautiful boy, he was so sweet, humble and kind. I will always remember my visit where he had me trying to play virtual realty games - very badly! RIP sweet Izzy, you will always live on in my thoughts and prayers

Marcus Hannah

August 16, 2019

'The Boy" as myself and Nicole called him. Always gave me grief because he was a Patriots fan. I just always remember Izzy as a super inquisitive kid who loved life. Loved his video games. He was always well mannered. Intelligent beyond his years. He is the kid that everyone wants their kid to be. I'm gonna miss seeing that big smile. To Nicole, and the family, I'll continue to pray for your strength during this difficult time, and the days ahead.

Bev Sullivan

August 16, 2019

To my family, my hard is sadden, with you all today, Nikki, I can't tall you I know YOU are feeling, I can tell you , to hold on to all the beautiful memories and trust , believe and have faith in GOD. My deepest condolences.

Darrell & Brenda Payton

August 14, 2019

We remember meeting young king Izzy at the family reunion in Clt last year he’s smile was beautiful dimple and great teeth Izzy had a good spirit within it showed in his being sending condolences and prayers to his family and friends rest well in peace and paradise and may the most high continue to bless his family and friends-Ase’

THERESA RICHETTS

August 14, 2019

My life will never be the same from now on. My heart aches so much. I will never forget my grandson IZZY. He will always be on my mind and in my heart, I did not lose my grandson, no need to be sorry for my lost, I know exactly where he is. Can't wait to see you again. Glamma & Pawpa love you more then money and longer then time

monica stone

August 12, 2019

Me and Zack had the privilege of visiting Izzy on one of his  good days, his gentle demeanor, beautiful smile, Bravery, and playful way about him will never be forgotten, and our prayer circle together will forever be etched our hearts.
Izzy , we can imagine your footsteps in heaven , as you are dancing, playing, and running in the glory and light with our heavenly father,family.
We will pray everyday that Faith wraps your Mommy in strength and peace. until your in her arms again .
We will continue to pray for your family and friends who miss you so much.
Sincerely
Monica, Zach, and family

Michelle Love

August 12, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Izzy just briefly at Levine Children's Hospital. I came to bring him a BJ's Warrior Package, and Izzy wasn't feeling well that day. I don't know why, but I felt an immediate connection with Izzy. Maybe it was because I have seen my own son in that same hospital room, feeling that bad. I just wanted to wrap Izzy up in my arms and hug him. I do believe that my son, BJ, has given him that hug now. Izzy, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You will never be forgotten.

Michelle,
Stand Firm Warrior Foundation

Melissa Hernandez

August 11, 2019

Izzy was the epitome of the meaning to the words STRONG and BRAVE. Izzy taught me so much about the meaning of bravery. Izzy was the bravest young man I have ever seen. He had strength beyond strength. His kind demeanor, his warm eyes and his playful, gentle grin. In my time knowing him, he blessed me with having a better understanding of life. May my dear friend float free as a butterfly and prance in heaven without a care in the world. And Izzy, we promise to take care of your mommie, just as she took care of you. #IzzyStrong

Camille Watson

August 11, 2019

Izzy was sweet kid, young and brave at heart. I will miss his smile, his snickered laugh, and his over all calm demeanor. There is truth in the saying: Angels living amongst us while on earth; he was one of many. God bless this dear child, his loving Mother and Father, and all others who loved him so much. May his soul rest eternally and may his wishes continue to come true in heaven.

With great honor, love and respect,
Camille W

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