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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

Thomas Leland Graves

October 4, 1957November 8, 2019
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Thomas Leland Graves, age 62, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Friday November 8, 2019. Thomas was born October 4, 1957 in Memphis to the late Leland Merritt and Marie Weaver Graves. He was a graduate of Messick High School and followed his father into the milk industry as a distributor at Forest Hill Dairy and later worked as a sales manager at E. A. Sween. Mr. Graves was a hard-working and wonderful provider for his family.

Tommy was married to the love of his life, Lisa, for over 40 years. He enjoyed riding his Harley, listening to music, and watching his favorite sports teams (Go Mets!). Tommy loved life and had a positive attitude - no matter what. A true people person, he was friendly to all and had a generous heart. He was an amazing and beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife; Lisa Buckner Graves, his daughters; Margaret Graves Hayes and Sarah Graves McDaniel, and his grandson; Jack Thomas McDaniel. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his sister; Brenda Morgan.

A visitation for Mr. Graves will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at MEMPHIS FUNERAL HOME, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. Burial will follow in Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Lisa Buckner Graves, Wife
  • Margaret Graves Hayes, Daughter
  • Sarah Graves McDaniel, Daughter
  • Jack Thomas McDaniel, Grandson
  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Merritt and Marie Weaver Graves and his sister, Brenda Morgan.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 13, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

Memories

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Jeanne Williams

November 11, 2019

What a beautiful life Tommy had
God bless

Ginny Whitley

November 10, 2019

Lisa and Family,
I just viewed the tribute video. What a wonderful collection of photos and memories. Keep these memories close to your heart and draw on them in the difficult days you will experience. They will bring a smile to you at some point during this journey. My prayers are for healing of your hearts and minds. May God be with you on this journey. Draw on each other for strength and encouragement that you will need in the days to come.
Love and prayers Ginny

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Biography

Thomas Leland Graves, age 62, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Friday November 8, 2019. Thomas was born October 4, 1957 in Memphis to the late Leland Merritt and Marie Weaver Graves. He was a graduate of Messick High School and followed his father into the Milk Industry as a distributor at Forest Hill Dairy / Dean Foods. He later worked as a sales manager at E. A. Sween. Mr. Graves was a hard-working and wonderful provider for his family.

Thomas enjoyed riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles and going on long rides through his hometown of Memphis and the surrounding countryside. He loved going to concerts to see his favorite musicians like Blackberry Smoke and Gov't Mule. Mr. Graves had a positive attitude - no matter what. A true people person who was friendly to all and had a generous heart. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife; Lisa Buckner Graves, his daughters; Margaret Graves Hayes, Sarah Graves McDaniel and his grandson; Jack Thomas McDaniel. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a sister; Brenda Morgan.

A visitation for Mr. Graves will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at MEMPHIS FUNERAL HOME, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM, 5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119. Burial will follow in Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery.