GRAVES Miss Lou V. was born February 1, 1933 in Fayette County to the late Cunningham and Lou W. Graves. She is the youngest of six brothers and sisters. Miss Lou confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at First Baptist Maddoxtown under the pastorate of Rev. E.H. Allen. She became a Sunday school teacher in the church at age 15. Her favorite scripture was Psalms 27:1. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by one sister, Nora E. Williams, who lovingly cared for her the last 10 years. She is also survived by 6 nieces and 6 nephews, and numerous other family members and friends. She received her grade school education at Douglas High School, and graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1950. She received a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education from Talladega College, in Talla-dega, Alabama, her M.A. Degree in Curriculum Design from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. Further studies at Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, and Certification in Admininistration and Supervision K-12, Junior College from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Her education and professional experiences and achievements are numerous and unlimited as well as leaderships and memberships in numerous religious, community and civic organizations spanning over 33 years as a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida until her retirement in 1990. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Society, Beta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary and past President. A pledged life member of the NAACP, and was one of 12 area nominees by Governor and Mrs. Bob Graham for the first Women's Hall of Fame of Florida in 1980. She was also included in the 1983 Biographical listing publication of 100 influential Blacks in Pinellas County, Florida. Miss Graves has been an Elementary school teacher, a curriculum director, and an Elementary and Middle School Principal. Her retirement in June 1990 as Principal of Riviera Middle School ended an educational career of 36 years. Now residing in Lexington, she was a faithful member of her native church First Baptist Maddoxtown. There she served as Chairwoman of the church's Budget Committee, a member of the Senior Usher Board, a member of the Missionary Society and Secretary. She was also a member of the Douglas School Reunion Steering Committee and Chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee. Visitation Sat, Aug 17th, from 11am-1pm, service at 1pm, at First Baptist Maddoxtown. Thanks to all of the care-givers, ICU South of St. Joseph Hospital and especially her nieces who lovingly took care of her. Services by Smith & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Aug. 16, 2013