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James E Graves, III

James E. Graves, III passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 89. Born in Apalachicola, Florida to the late J.E. Graves, Jr. and Verna Eloise Marks, Jim moved to Jacksonville at an early age and it was home for most of his life. He is survived by his sons Jim, Frank and E.A. (Lynda), six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his beloved Yorkie, Tebow. He was predeceased by his wife Betty, brother Harry and one granddaughter. Jim was a graduate of the University of Florida and a life-long Gator fan.

 He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and in various capacities as a reservist for 30 years earning the rank of Colonel. He was a graduate of the Army War College and the Naval War College.

 While Jim served as a leader for several civic and social organizations during his life, he was most honored to serve as a Lay Leader and Sunday School teacher at Lakewood United Methodist Church for many years. After a private burial, there will be a memorial service led by the Reverend Eric Williams at Lakewood United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida – on Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 AM. The family would like to thank the medical staff at Baptist Downtown for their devotion to Jim’s care in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, Jim would be honored by donations to either the Lakewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry or the charity of your choice.

Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. Jacksonville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Oct. 23, 2016