Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 — "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance."
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Early Sunday morning, April 14, 2013, God dispatched his angel to Southside Regional Medical Center to Vernon Graves Jr., and quietly whispered in his ear, my son, it is time to come home.
Vernon Graves Jr. was born Jan. 2, 1961, to Vernon Graves Sr. and Ophelia Graves. He received his elementary education from Annie B. Jackson School and furthered his school studies at Central High School ending in 1971. Vernon Jr. entered into the workforce at an early age. He loved cars, car detailing and cleaning cars so much until he was given the nickname, "Car Wash."
After high school, Vernon traveled to Oxen Hill, Md., where he worked for a few years before returning to his native town of Waverly. Vernon Jr. worked at other establishments doing auto detail work, and his last employment was with keeping America clean until his health began to decline. Vernon Jr. later in life moved to Stony Creek and then he later transitioned to Dinwiddie.
Vernon Jr.'s hobbies were cars and bicycles.
Vernon Jr. loved his family, and leaves to cherish his memory: his father, Vernon Graves Sr., mother, Ophelia Graves, both of Waverly, Va.; two sisters, Ivory Wilson, Lena Saunders (Calvin), both of Waverly, Va.; his significant one, Virginia Branch (her daughter and two sons), all of Dinwiddie, Va.; two nieces, Anisha Graves of Capital Heights, Md.; and Stephanie Wilson of Waverly, Va.; one nephew, Mark Taylor of Waverly, Va.; four aunts, four uncles, a host of cousins and friends, to include three devoted friends, Michael Ricks, Ivy Jones and John Greene.
A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 315 S. Church St., Waverly, with Pastor Phillip Wilkins, officiating. and Dr. Simon Richardson, eulogizing.
Published in The Progress-Index on Apr. 19, 2013