Advertisement

James W. Graves, 90

JAN. 2, 1923-JAN. 12, 2013

January 13, 2013

James Warren Graves, 90, died at Meritus Hospital following a short illness on Jan. 12, 2013. Mr. Graves, formerly of Clear Spring, Md., resided at NMS Nursing Home since September 2009.

Warren was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Stella Marie Hendershot Graves, and six brothers and four sisters.

Born in Leonardtown, Md., Jan. 2, 1923, he was the son of the late Mary “Molly” Attaway Downs Graves and Benedict Francis Graves.

As a young man, he worked for the CCC until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a forward observer in the battles for the Philippians. Wounded on the island of Leyte in December 1944, Warren was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon returning to the states, he received an honorable discharge in September 1945. He worked for Samuel Horst of Maugansville making fine cabinetry prior to engaging full time in farming. The Stella and James Graves registered Holsteins were recognized as one of the top herds in Washington County during the 1950s and 1960s. He retired from dairying in 1984, but continued raising beef cattle and growing grain until the 1990s.

Warren is survived by one daughter, Marina Kaye Ridenour and husband, Lester; three granddaughters, Stephanie Ann Dyer and husband, Gil, Suzanne Marie Ridenour and special friend, Scott Bunker, and Beth Allison Smith and husband, Darren Smith, all of Clear Spring; four great-grandchildren, Stefan Brooks Shingleton and wife, Jennifer, of Clear Spring, Alexis Dawn Hudak and husband, Brandon, of Frederick, Md., and Alex Joseph and Patrick Jay Smith, both of Clear Spring; and two great-great-grandchildren, Malea Beth and Elena Lynn Shingleton, both of Clear Spring. Also surviving are a very special nephew, Donald “Donnie” Graves, and nieces, Janice McKay and husband, Joe, Angie Nashwick and husband, Bob, Barbara Tippett and husband, James, and nephew, Charles Wise, all of southern Maryland.

Services will be held at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. Family will receive visitors one hour before the service. He will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery beside his wife. Officiating is the Rev. Elaine Swinehart, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Clear Spring, as requested by Mr. Graves.
 
The family requests the omission of flowers. In addition, the family invites all guests to a luncheon at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in McConnellsburg, 220 N. 3rd St., immediately following the graveside services.

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|