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Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX

OBITUARY

John Henry Graves

June 28, 1939May 16, 2020
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John Henry Graves, 80, of Blossom, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20th, at College Church of Christ with Evan Butler officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites will follow in Knights of Honor Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. John Henry, the son of Joel Graves and Mildred Willard Graves, was born June 28, 1939, in Blossom. He was the only boy with four sisters, Helen, Opal, Ruby and Dorothy. He joined the National Guard and later the U. S. Army from 1958-1962. He worked at B & W and then as a pressman at UACRO where he retired following a career that spanned 32 years. John Henry was an active member of Blossom Church of Christ. He lived to see all five of his grandkids become Christians. How very blessed he felt to be with them on these days. He was a kind, loving, and giving man who never met a stranger. John Henry was a true craftsman, handcrafting grandfather clocks, tables, chairs, rocking horses, and baby beds for dolls. He was truly a Jack-of-all-trades and liked to tinker with different things. He was a coin collector and loved to grow a garden. (The grandkids said, “Pepaw Corn was the best!”) He worked on making his home beautiful with flowers and one of his hobbies was grafting trees. He helped with many school projects for all Sandra’s students, his own children and his grandchildren. Anything Sandra was involved in he helped make it complete. He loved going to all the games of his kids, grandkids and other kids. He never missed unless he was sick He was active in the Blossom Volunteer Fire Department in his younger years, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Lamar-Delta Retired Teachers which he joined with Sandra and remained active following her death. On July 12, 1963, he married Sandra G. Crawford, building 53 years of family and memories before her death on Dec. 11, 2016. Survivors include two children; Phil Graves & wife Jeannie of Bonham, Mandy Ray & husband Chuck of Blossom, grandchildren, Bryce Graves & wife Emily of Sulphur Springs, Baylee & Kylee Graves of Bonham, and Hailey & Hannah Ray of Blossom, a sister, Dorothy Day & husband Clarence of Beaumont along with many nieces & nephews and a plethora of friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Isaac Unruh
  • Buddy Freeman
  • Rod Rodgers
  • Daniel Hart
  • Rod Richardson
  • John Davis
  • Bryce Graves, Honorary Bearer
  • Baylee Graves, Honorary Bearer
  • Jon Landers, Honorary Bearer
  • Greg Wallace, Honorary Bearer
  • Gary Seiferman, Honorary Bearer
  • John Reddell, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Interment with Masonic Rites

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memories

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Wylie and Norma McIntire

May 22, 2020

We were so sad to learn that John Henry is no longer with us. We both loved him and Sandra. I've been in the hospital all week so we were shocked to just now learn of this. To know that we won't see him again in this life is a real loss to us. That John Henry is no longer suffering makes his loss bearable, though. What a legacy your dad has left you, Mandy and Phil; he was a friend to everyone. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Michael Herron

May 20, 2020

John Henry was a good friend of mine. We met while working at Uarco. I thought highly of him. My dad is 90 and I'm taking him to doctors, so I could not attend the funeral. My heart is with him and the family.

Betty Johnson

May 20, 2020

I have so many happy memories of your Dad & your Mom. John & Sid going fishing at Pat Mayes, & Sandra & I could talk & laugh all day, everyday!! Our family’s were close especially when y’all were younger. John was always happy & joking!! The Dr. has told me to stay home, but I want you (Mandy & Phil) to know my heart & my prayers are with you & your families. Sending my love! Betty & Family

Lisa Johnson

May 20, 2020

Beloved Friends,

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of spending time with your family. John Henry was always a special example of a gracious neighbor and friend. Personal adversity never got in the way of living his full, wonderful life. I’m grateful to have known him and your whole family. My love always.

Lisa Johnson

Phebe Allen

May 20, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. John Henry was such a great man. He will be missed.

Hollie & Phebe Allen

Dot Bailey

May 20, 2020

John Henry was a long time friend to my family and me. He was one of our favorite people, and we will always remember his winning smile. He was our Blossom historian. Rest In Peace, John Henry, we will always love you.

Janette McBay

May 19, 2020

John Henry was a special man and such fun to be with. He was a loyal friend to my brother Tim Jester. He and Sandra will never be forgotten by our family and many others I’m sure. Prayers for the family.

Carol Kent

May 19, 2020

All of us here at Catfish King are so very sorry for your loss! They would always come in with a smile on their face and a kind word for everyone! We love to see them come in, and when they did they always had us goodies. John Henry was such a sweet man and will truly be missed by all of us!

Debbie Cosper

May 18, 2020

I will miss seeing his smile and getting a hug each and every time I saw him. He was such a sweet and kind soul. I am so sorry for your loss. It is a loss for anyone who knew him.

Bill and Mary Lindsay

May 18, 2020

Mary and I will remember John as a man who always had a big smile on his face and a very outgoing personality. We knew John through the Lamar-Delta Retired Teachers Association, and also, I knew him as a fellow Mason in the Paris Masonic Lodge Number 27. He was a Brother who always lived in a way that exemplifies what it means to be a Mason. He will be missed.

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