Jan 11, 1922 - May 11, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Samuel Nelson Graves left this life on May 11, 2013. He was born on January 11, 1922, in Whitesboro, OK, the only child of Henry Nelson and Martha DesMoines Graves. His early years were spent in Van Buren, AR and Muldrow and Wetumka, OK. While serving with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Henrietta, OK, he met the love of his life, Dora Jewell Treat. They wed on Christmas Eve 1941 and enjoyed 71 wonderful years together. During WWII, he served with the U.S. Navy Seabees on Guam and Tonga. Following the war, he attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1949 and returning to earn a Master's in Education in 1952. He began his teaching career at Capitol Hill Jr. High in 1949, moving to the Midwest City school system in 1954. While at Capitol Hill, he started the first photography program at the Junior High level in OKC. He did the same in Midwest City. He also taught the Sciences and even briefly girls Physical Education during his lengthy Career. Among his many notable students were Wanda Jackson at Capitol Hill and Anita Bryant in Midwest City. He served his Lord faithfully at South Agnew Church of God from 1963 until the Sunday before his passing, inspiring many with his teaching of the Bible and his many inspired songs of praise. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Neal Graves; and grandson, Ryan Alexander Graves. He is survived by his wife, Dora Jewell, of the home; sons, Sammy and his wife Sandy, Tom and Wilson and Karl, all of Oklahoma City; daughter, Dolores Ardizzone, of Haughton, LA; sixteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Advantage South Chapel, with entombment in the Rose Hill Mausoleum.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 14, 2013