Thomas Howard Graves

March 11, 2013 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park, for Thomas Howard Graves, 99, of Roswell, who passed away March 9, 2013. Harold Hobson will officiate.

Thomas Howard Graves was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Louisville, Texas, [auth] to T.O and Bessie Graves. He was the eldest of three brothers. Hugh and Earl preceded him in death.

The family migrated to a homestead southwest of Kenna, in 1915, where they lived the pioneer life until moving to Roswell during his teenage years.

He met and married Charlie B. Brown, the love of his life in 1932. She preceded him in death in January 2002. They purchased and resided on the Graves Family Farm in East Grand Plains from 1936.

His loves in life included family, farming, and hunting/fishing. His farming experience ranged from tilling the soil with teams of horses and mules to the most high-tech farm machinery.

He went on many magnificent hunts including Africa and Alaska, and made several wonderful trips including a world tour with Charlie B.

He leaves behind a daughter Tommy Darlene Graves Johnson, of Katie, Texas; a son Howard Lynn Graves, of Roswell; grandchildren, Raylene Barton, of Katie, Lori Williams, of Waxahachie, Texas, and Nola Bea Franzoy, of Las Cruces; great-grandchildren, Ryan Barton, of Richmond, Texas, Stacey Jones, of Lake Jackson, Texas, Michael Williams, of Oklahoma City, Karen West of Irving, Texas, and Holly Franzoy and Amanda Franzoy, of Las Cruces; three great-great-grandchildren, Rebecca Barton and Nathan Barton, of Richmond, and Allison Jones, of Lake Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and a multitude of good friends.

He lived a full and hard-working life and will be dearly missed by all.

Friends are invited to make a donation to their favorite charity, in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be offered online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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