OBITUARY

Roger O'Dean Graves

February 14, 1949October 11, 2020

Roger O’Dean Graves, 71, left this earthly life suddenly to be with our Lord, Sunday, 11 October 2020. Roger was born on Valentine’s Day 1949 in Alamance County, NC to Johnnie O’Dean and Carrie Belle Graves, where he lived until being drafted in 1969 into the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam; he went on to serve in Korea, twice in Germany, Italy, and twice at Fort Bragg, NC, making lifelong friends along the way. In Italy, he had the honor of being asked to assist in standing up a brand new Chinook unit. Roger served proudly, attaining the rank of First Sergeant, retiring in 1992 at Fort Bragg, NC. He went on to work for Lockheed-Martin until 2002 when he moved to Virginia Beach. Roger then got his job of a lifetime as a Golf Course Marshall at Honeybee, and later at Battlefield Golf Club, where he acquired a whole new love of the game and a new family. When Roger passed away, he was officially what he always wanted to be… a Golf bum. Roger loved his family, his friends, his dog Prince, and his church. He never gave a little of himself, he always gave one hundred percent of himself to anyone and everyone, helping wherever he could; he will be missed by so many. Roger was predeceased by his parents, Johnnie and Carrie Graves, along with a brother, Clyde “Skip” Graves. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Lisa; daughters, Keisha Herbert, Kawanika Brown (Marvin), LaToya Graves, and Sparkle Collins, and a son, Jason Jordan (Quanella); along with (7) Grandchildren and (1) Great grandchild; Brothers, Theodore Graves (Barbara), Clifton Graves (Felisia); Mother-in-law, Pauline Brown; Sister-in-law, Doreen Venezia, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach Virginia. A Celebration of Life service will be private. You may offer your condolences and share memories at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.

Services

23 October

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home

601 N Witchduck Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

24 October

Private Family Service

 

Memories

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Ethel Hurdle Horton

October 20, 2020

The class of Central High School 1967 is saddened by the news of our classmates passing. We will remember the good times we had at our last class reunion. The times with you and Roger will always be cherished. Our prayers are with you and the family.

IDA CROMUEL

October 18, 2020

Roger Graves, was a faithful member of New Mount Olive A.M.E. Church. He had A very kind and compassion heart, He was willing
to help you. When my husband passed away last year Roger would
always ask how I was doing and how was my children . He will be deeply missed as a trustee, usher, steward and security member,
He was also one of our drivers for our church van. He Always
served with a smile. Lisa be not dismayed God will take care of you
and give you the strength you will need every day, what he has done for me he will do the same for you. it is no secret what God can do. love to you and the family. ROGER RIP.

Elizabeth Tate

October 18, 2020

Lisa and the Graves Family, we are sadden to hear of Roger 's passing. Remember when God calls our loved ones, He leaves us with memories. Cherish those memories 💖.

Bobbie Jean Graves

October 18, 2020

Roger Graves was the one of the best brother-in-laws every. He will truly be missed. I will cherish the times of kidding with him about us eating chitterlings.

Remy Espino

October 16, 2020

My First Sergeant, Mentor, and Best Friend, there is no word that can express the empty feelings that I will carry for this life time knowing you have left the earth without seeing you. But, knowing the Lord has embrace your arrival, you will be in my heart until we meet again.💖 I love you Roger O. Graves! God, Please look out for Lisa and family, they need you more than ever...I love you Lisa Graves and Family!💔💖🙏

Bill and Kathy Foreman

October 16, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Roger was an incredibly genuine and nice person who will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.

Shonda Ridley

October 14, 2020

We laughed and teased one another whenever I came to NMO. It's going to be awfully strange not to see you endearing smile. Will remember you until we meet again. Rest well.

Willie & Gerri pollard

October 12, 2020

I can remember station with him in Germany our daughters became friends Roger was a very nice person so Lisa and the entire Graves family we express our sincere condolences during these very challenging times

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