OBITUARY

Harold Boyd Graves Sr.

October 12, 1927September 9, 2020

Dr. Harold B. Graves Sr., 92, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away September 9, 2020. He was a retired district superintendent and minister in the Church of the Nazarene.

Harold B. Graves was born October 12, 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee. Later in his childhood, his family moved to Franklin, Tennessee, where he graduated high school. Harold served in the Navy for two years before attending Trevecca Nazarene University. He received a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Trevecca in 1952, and in 1981 he received his Doctorate of Divinity from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

He married the love of his life, Bettie Eby in 1949 and together they celebrated 70 years of marriage in December 2019.

He began his ministry as an undergraduate, pastoring Waverly First Church of the Nazarene from 1951-1952. He served as an evangelist in Tennessee until 1953, when he returned to the pastorate at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene (1953-1956). He also served at Old Hickory Church of the Nazarene (1956-1963) and Clarksville First Church of the Nazarene (1963-1968) before moving to Indiana to pastor Gary Glen Park Church of the Nazarene (1968-1973). In 1973, he became pastor at Cincinnati Springdale Church of the Nazarene where he served until 1975, when he received the call to become the San Antonio District Superintendent in San Antonio, Texas.

He led the San Antonio District until 1980, when he became Superintendent of the Southwestern Ohio District. He led the Southwestern Ohio District for 18 years until his retirement in 1998. He retired to Georgetown, TX in 1998 and was active as the pastor to Seniors of Georgetown Church of the Nazarene for almost 10 years.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, James Elmer and Johnnie D. (Boyd) Graves; his brothers, James and William; and his sisters, Margaret Anne Henderson and Peggy Fullen.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Bettie; five children and their spouses, Dr. Harold B. Graves Jr. (Cheryl), Dr. David Graves (Sharon) of Olathe, Kansas, Brenda Johnson (Chip), Cheri Alderman (Tod), and Ty Graves (Rebecca) of Georgetown, TX; and 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

The Family would like to thank The Oaks Gracious Senior Living Staff, Texas Home Health Care and Hospice Austin for all of their support and care.

Visitation will be Sunday September 20, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, Georgetown, TX. Funeral Service will be Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:30 am at Georgetown Church of the Nazarene. He will be laid to rest with military honors in a private family committal service at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of the Nazarene World Missions, send to Global Treasury Services, PO Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184-3116.

To share words of comfort and memories of Dr. Graves with his family, please visit www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Harold is preceded in death by his parents, James Elmer and Johnnie D. (Boyd) Graves; his brothers, James and William; and his sisters, Margaret Anne Henderson and Peggy Fullen.


    He is survived by his beloved wife, Bettie; five children and their spouses, Dr. Harold B. Graves Jr. (Cheryl), Dr. David Graves (Sharon) of Olathe, Kansas, Brenda Johnson (Chip), Cheri Alderman (Tod), and Ty Graves (Rebecca) of Georgetown, TX; and 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

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  • Church of the Nazarene World Missions, send to Global Treasury Services

Services

  • Visitation for Family and Friends

    Sunday, September 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 21, 2020

Memories

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Steve Whitfield

September 20, 2020

Harold was a wonderful friend to my family, he and Betty both were there with us in some of our hardest days around first, the passing of my sister and then, the passing of my father. He and my father were close friends, much alike in many ways, in spirit. He always had a light in his eyes, a friendly smile, a firm handshake or an embrace, or both, and without fail, a kind word and a genuine interest in how things were going. He and I stayed up all night with my dad in those last days. We talked all night, sharing memories and getting to know each other through the lens of our shared love of my father, both earthly and heavenly. From then on we were brothers. I'm sure this experience is not unique to me, for I know he walked the walk on the path of God's love and lived to share that love with all who were open to it. I will always be thankful for knowing Brother Harold in this world hope to meet him again in the eternal realm of God's Loving Spirit.

Gloria Graves Gregory

September 20, 2020

Aunt Bettie, thank you for sharing him with all the rest of us. And thank you especially for partnering with him and serving by his side all these many years.
With love and remembrance.

William (Bill) C. Jr Johnson

September 18, 2020

Outside of my Father , no man has influenced my life more than Bro. Graves. His tenure at Old Hickory Nazarene Church and as our neighbor was a bright spot in the lives of the 4 Johnson boys. His love for his beautiful wife Bettie and his family was an example for all. When it came time to marry my life's love, no other minister qualified to bless our vows and commitment to each other. Blessed we were as we will celebrate our 53rd anniversary very soon. I count Bro. Graves's blessings as a guiding force that holds our lives together to this day.
His exuberance for life, excitement for each new day, and his heartfelt handshake to a fellow man never failed to impress me. His guiding light burns eternally. I will always remember he and his family as they left us for another mission, a young, good looking family with a wife and mother in Bettie whose voice was as beautiful as the Angel's above. A great man has been called home. God Bless Bro. Graves.

Harold and Charlotte Quarles

September 16, 2020

I served under Dr. Graves for several years on the San Antonio District. He was always fair and understanding with me. He was responsible for calling me to the Church of the Nazarene in Midland, Texas where I pastored for 13 years. He was always so compassionate and loving.

May you find comfort in remembering this great husband, father and grandparent. May our Lord comfort you with His loving presence. We look forward to the time when we will all meet again with our Lord Jesus Christ.

With fond remembrances,
Harold and Charlotte Quarles

Mark & Pam Ziebold

September 15, 2020

What an amazing man and couple. I have such fond memories of Pastor Graves as he pastored our congregation and helped us rebuild. He taught me so much about the relationship God wants to have with each one of us. So glad God allowed me to know this man and his family.

Jo Osman

September 14, 2020

I will be forever grateful to Harold Graves who stood with me and my family in a cold snowy cemetery in Cincinnati, Oh, at the grave of my husband, Richard E Osman, January 9th, 1997. He was also there when Dick was baptized into the Family of God. They had a special bond and after I came home from the hospital that dark evening Bettie was the third person I called to ask if Harold could conduct my husband's funeral.....and of course he did. Our families have been intertwined since the 1970's and will forever be. Bettie and each son and daughter have a story with the Osman family. May our Heavenly Father be very near to each of the family as we bid him a happy passing on to that place of great joy and peace.
Jo Osman

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