James C. Graves Jr. was called home to the Lord Feb. 5, 2013.
He was born April 22, 1948 to James C. Graves and Marie Henon Graves. He was reared by his grandparents, J.T. and Molly Henon until his early teens.
He relocated with his parents and seven siblings to Miami. He graduated Southwest Miami High, got married, enlisted in the Air Force and served 12 years as an NCO. His field of work was Air Traffic Control radar repair and included a one year tour of duty in Southeast Asia.
He parted from the Air Force to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated with honors.
He re-entered the Air Force as a commissioned officer and finished a full career, serving his last five years at the Pentagon.
Upon his retirement, he was hired as a professor of electronic technology at Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce and moved to Port St. Lucie where he lived for 12 years.
He then worked at Keiser Career Institute instructing compter technolohy and at the same time was operating his own computeer business featuring training and repair.
He moved to Morriston in 2004 to pursue the rural life and small farming. He was employed at TimberRidge Nursing and Rehab Center part time as Director of Information Technology keeping the computer systems efficient.
He loved God and the Word of God. He was a man of many interests and hobbies: gardening, farming, woodworknig, electronic projects, writing science fiction, sketching, photography, spending time with his farm animals and dogs.
He was naturally gifted with the guitar and was always hungry for new knowledge. He loved his life, his wife and his family.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Donna; his two children, Dane Austen and Audrey LaDawn Johnson; grandson, Christian Robert Johnson; siblings, Alan, George, Jessie, David, Debbie and Tania and half sister, Georgette Woodmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna and half sister, Margie.
He was held dear to his family and sadly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Living Waters Church in Morrison, 6491 SE 123 Terrace.
A memorial service with military honors will be held a the National Cemetery in Bushnell at 3 p.m. Feb. 25.
Published in Williston Pioneer on Feb. 21, 2013