Grady Boyd Graves of Holliday, TX, died October 6, 2018 in Wichita Falls, TX.
He was born to Lester Merrit Graves and Cynthia Elizabeth (Cocherham) Graves on February 12, 1929 in Ellis County, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls with Dr. Bob McCartney, officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening between 5-8 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
Grady graduated from Italy High School in 1947, Odessa College in 1953 and Texas Technological College in Lubbock, TX, in 1955. He served in the Army 1947-1948 and was recalled and served in Korea Nov.-Aug. 1950-1951 with the 1st Calvary Division. After graduating from college, he moved to Electra and was employed by Mobile Oil Company. He began his teaching/coaching career in Electra in 1957 and also taught and coached in Olney, Archer City, Burleson, Coleman, Iowa Park, Wichita Falls Hirschi and Wichita Falls High School, retiring in 1985. He was self-employed in advertising/marketing for 35 years. (1981-2016)
Grady and Agatha Taylor were married May 27, 1960 at the Highland Heights Christian Church in Wichita Falls, TX.
Grady was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Olan L. and James A.; sisters, Dorothy Marie Janes and Georgia Faye Babb.
Grady was a member of the First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, and served as deacon/usher throughout his church life. In 1974-1977, he was elected Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association. He served as Mayor of Holliday for nine years and was a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association and Retired Coaches of the Wichita Falls area. Grady’s hobbies were quail hunting, golfing and watching college and professional sports on TV.
He is survived by his wife, Agatha (Gaye); two sons, Gerry Paul Graves of Dallas, and Gregory Taylor Graves (Gregg) and wife, Leanne of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren, Maegan Valerie Howard and husband, Jason of Plano, TX, Carson Taylor Graves of Dallas, TX, Jake Cox and wife, Rachel, of Canton, TX, and Jacie Foster of Bellevue, TX; one great- granddaughter, Elizabeth (Ellie) Cox of Canton, TX; one great- grandson, Jaxon Howard, of Plano, TX; one brother, Gordon Graves and wife, Nadine, of Lancaster, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be: Jim Clapp, Robert Hastings, Troy Linthicum, Doug Stevens, Joey Kincaid, Jason Howard, Jake Cox and Steve Lucy. Honorary Pallbearers will be the 1964 State Champion Archer City Wildcat football team.
The family encourages memorial donations to Hospice of Wichita Falls 4909 Johnson Rd, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.