OBITUARY

Robert Schuessler Graves Jr.

November 11, 1952April 11, 2014

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Forrest Cemetery for Robert "Bobby" S. Graves Jr., 61, of Huntsville, who passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, after an extended illness. The Revs. James E. Elliott and Dennis W. Nichols of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter will be officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing. Bobby was born on Nov. 11, 1952, in Gadsden. After attending kindergarten and elementary school at the Episcopal Day School, Bobby enrolled at Disque Junior High and Gadsden High School, where he was a member of the golf team. After attending Marion Military Institute for two years, Bobby enrolled at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he was a member of Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order. He graduated from the university in 1972 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Bobby furthered his education at Jacksonville University and Calhoun County Community College, studying accounting and computer science. He enjoyed working with environmental issues, but especially his work at Marshall Space Flight Center and various government contractors, the last one being ERC. In his spare time, Bobby enjoyed playing golf, being a patron of The Masters, and attending University of Alabama football games. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Robert S. Graves; his paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Wilson Graves of Gadsden; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunsucker of Charlotte, N.C. Bobby is survived by his mother, Faye H. Graves; sisters, Susanne Graves Wheeler and Lynn (Ron) Towers; nephews, John (Brandie) H. Hatfield Jr. and Nicholas (Jennifer) A. Wheeler IV; great-nephews, Hayden, Trey and Hudson Hatfield; and great-nieces, Emma and Eryn Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers are Ted and Rita Campbell, Col. Wendell Colberg, Retired, Dewitt Burns, Gail Gordon and James H. Perkins. The family wishes to thank Dr. Manh C. Dang and the staff of the third floor at Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville. The family also thanks Ms. Lesa Nevels, Jada and Paul Baillargeon and their children, and the Rev. Andy Anderson, Rector of the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Episcopal Day School or the ARK (Huntsville). The family will accept friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Collier-Butler Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.collier-butler.com..

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Robert Schuessler Graves Jr.

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April 17, 2014

Robert was a fine man, we will miss him dearly in our community.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Lisa and staff
Briargreen Apartments

Doug Wingard

April 16, 2014

I'm very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He did excellent work at NASA, and was always dedicated to producing quality test results with high accuracy. We shared a lab for a while. We were similar in age, and had very similar tastes in music. He would sometimes play one of his CDs for me in the lab, or pull up a song from the Internet that we both liked. I always felt comfortable in Bobby's presence, as he had a good personality and sense of humor.

Tom Rathz

April 16, 2014

I knew Bobby for 25 years at NASA as the 'gas' man who always was impeccable at providing a quality service and an even higher quality personality. I am sorry to hear of our loss.

Hudson Hatfield

April 15, 2014

well 1.I didn't know he went to calhoun and 2 I'm glad I got to see him one final time before they closed the casket

Tammy Hampton

April 15, 2014

Bobby was a true friend whom I will miss dearly.

Tammy Hampton
NASA/MSFC

April 15, 2014

Bobby and I grew up together and had a lot of fun times. So sorry to hear of his passing. All of you will be in our prayers tomorrow.

Bob Grant, Gulf Shores, AL

Bobby Welch

April 14, 2014

Bobby was a great room mate in college and a friend.

Randy Higgins

April 14, 2014

Sorry about the loss of your brother , Bobby. I do remember him as a nice guy at Gadsden High . Always had a smile on his face , and pleasant things to say .

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY