OBITUARY

Rufus Irvine Graves Jr.

April 27, 1937February 1, 2021

Rufus I. Graves, Jr., 83, formerly of Crozet, Virginia, passed away on February 1, 2021 in Aberdeen, NC.

Rufus was born in Albemarle County, Virginia to Christie May Carter and Rufus I. Graves, Sr. on April 27, 1937. He attended Crozet School and Albemarle High School. On August 4, 1956, he married Louise Elizabeth Mottesheard, the love of his life, at Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet. For approximately the next two and a half decades, he worked as a Purchasing Agent for Morton Frozen Foods, later ConAgra, in Crozet and Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a member and president of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department for many years during the 1960’s and ‘70’s, and was instrumental in establishing Crozet’s July 4th parade tradition as well as bringing in the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. Throughout his life, he has enjoyed and shared many other creative pursuits: floral arranging, woodworking, and bargain hunting! Perhaps his biggest lifelong passion, though, was his music. He enjoyed playing numerous stringed instruments by note and by ear.

Rufus is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Louise; his mother, Christie May Carter, and his father, Rufus I. Graves, Sr.

He is survived by his loving sisters Margaret Gentry, Shirley Raines and their beloved families; son Kevin and daughter-in-law Dusti and their many children who called him PawPaw. He is also survived by his daughter Karen, son-in-law Peter, grandson Alex, and granddaughter Samantha; and by his daughter Kimberly, son-in-law Kevin, their children Andrew and Caitlin, her husband Chase, and great grandson Seth.

A public visitation will be held at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home in Waynesboro, Virginia on Friday February 5, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

A public graveside service will be held at Rockgate Cemetery, Crozet, Virginia, on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2 p.m.

  • FAMILY

  • Rufus was born in Albemarle County, Virginia to Christie May Carter and Rufus I. Graves, Sr. on April 27, 1937.
    Rufus is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Louise; his mother, Christie May Carter, and his father, Rufus I. Graves, Sr.


    He is survived by his loving sisters Margaret Gentry, Shirley Raines and their beloved families;son Kevin and daughter-in-law Dusti and their many children who called him PawPaw. He is also survived by his daughter Karen, son-in-law Peter, grandson Alex, and granddaughter Samantha; and by his daughter Kimberly, son-in-law Kevin, their children Andrew and Caitlin, her husband Chase, and great grandson Seth.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 5, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 6, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating

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Kevin Graves

February 5, 2021

Dad, you did your job on Earth. You made sure to protect your kids and raised us right. Sure everything wasn’t perfect later, but over the past couple of years you have been trying your best to be the man you could be. Love, your favorite son!

Kevin Graves

February 5, 2021

I would like to thank Holly Newman for the kind words. Dad spent most of my childhood with the Fire Department and Crozet Park. He truly loved being active in Crozet until my Mom passed in 1989. He just couldn’t stand being in the house anymore and needed a new beginning. Thank you again!

Holly Newman

February 4, 2021

There was nothing more special than growing up in Crozet--it was such a tight-knit community and the community events like the parade and the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival are some of the best memories I have as a child. I knew Crozet when Crozet was ConAgra, and a Southern States, and the pharmacy, and the Seals' Exxon, the Old Crozet Pizza, the old Crozet Elementary, and the train-station library. It was taking CPR classes at the Fire Station for Girl Scouts. Thank you to Mr. Graves for helping support that wonderful community for so long.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY