COVINGTON - James F. "Jim/Jimmy" Graves, 80, of Covington, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at his residence.
He was born on June 9, 1932, in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Chell and Lottie (Nixon) Graves.
He is survived by his wife Wilma (Staudt) Graves of Covington, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1979; daughter Jill Graves of Verona, Ohio; sons and daughters in law, Tim and Cathy Graves of Versailles, Ohio, and Kary and Tess Graves of Piqua, Ohio; stepdaughter and caregiver Janet Etter of Covington; stepdaughter-in-law Marianne Etter of Covington; grandchildren, Jaimee Strayer, Jessica (Doug) Barry, Jim (Mandy) Graves, Stacy (Derek) Dirksen, Christy Graves, Charles Graves, Casey Graves and Clayton Graves; great grandchildren, Cora, Andrew, Justin, Briana, Carly, Andrea, Grady and Easton; step-grandchildren, Amanda Turner, Sarah Bullis, Ross Etter, Grace Meyer, Paul Etter and Vicki Etter; step-great grandchildren, Lilly, Sandy and Joann; and sister-in-law Cecilia Graves of Versailles.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Joe and Charles Graves; sisters, Christine Weedman and Mary Lou Young; stepdaughter Sandy Etter; and stepson John Etter.
Jimmy was a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from General Motors
in Dayton after 32 years of service. He was a 57-year member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge No. 290 and 32nd Degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton. He loved gardening, fishing and harness races at The Great Darke County Fair.
The Versailles Masonic Lodge will be conducting a Masonic Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles. A service will follow with Pastor Ed Ellis officiating.
A burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
Family will receive friends prior to the service from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Miami County Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com