George M. Graves

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NORWICH - George Marvin Graves, 94, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, 2012, at the Hanover Terrace Healthcare Facility in Hanover, N.H. George was born March 26, 1917, in Waterbury Center, the son of Fred L. Graves and Ollie Mae (Davis) Graves.

He attended schools in Waterbury Center and graduated from Waterbury High School where he excelled at baseball. As a young boy, George helped his father who was the Waterbury road commissioner keep the roads clear of snow. George helped build a section of Vermont Route 2 and also worked on the construction of the Little River Dam.

He was married to Daphine Thurston of Waterbury Center in 1939. They shared 40 years of marriage.

For a short time George owned and operated the Gulf Gas Station in Windsor. During the war, he worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant also in Windsor, where they made Mae West life vests and other items for the war effort. In 1949, George moved to Massachusetts where he worked at American Biltrite Rubber Co. and raised his family. In 1974, George was offered a manager's position at the new Biltrite Plant in Mississippi.

He retired in 1982.

George was a very active member of the Odd Fellows and held state offices in both Vermont and Massachusetts. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, wrist wrestler and golfer. He loved singing, dancing and telling jokes.

He was predeceased by his wife, two sisters, Doris Clarke, Jesse Purvee, and two brothers, John Graves and Fred Graves.

George is survived by three sons and their spouses, Howard and Donna Graves, of Severn, Md., George and Luann Graves, of Norwich, Chuck and Pamela Graves, of Barre; a daughter and her husband, Carol and Gregory Hachey, of Beverly, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Dill, of Beaufort, Va.; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral service will be held Saturday morning, Jan. 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Waterbury Center Church with the Rev. John Gordon officiating. Burial will be held in the springtime in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Haven, 745 Hartford Ave., White River Junction, VT 05001.
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 13, 2012
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