Rufus Graddy Rufus Graddy, 92, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elsie Graddy. The service will be at 2 p.m. EST Thursday at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Timberlane Road Chapel (850-893-4177), with burial at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. EST Wednesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. He was born in Georgetown, Ga., and was a longtime resident of Tallahassee. He was the former owner and operator of Graddy's All Traffic Service Station, which was a Gulf and then a Shell service station.His involvement in the community included membership as a 50-year Mason at Jackson Lodge, the Marzuq Temple of the Tallahassee Shrine Club, of which he was a road runner, and the Scottish Rite. Rufus was a charter member of the Leon County Sheriff's Posse, and also had been a member of the Tallahassee Capitals semi-pro baseball team.Other survivors include a son, Rufus Alan Graddy (and wife Gina) of Mashes Sands; a daughter, Bunny Sims (and husband Buddy) of Tallahassee; and two grandchildren, David Sims of Tallahassee and Ryan Graddy of Mashes Sands. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Wayne, Loren and Kenneth Graddy, and two sisters, Dorothy Carey and Melba Strong.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 21, 2005