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James Franklin Graves II


James Franklin Graves, II, fondly known as Jimmy, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Vero Beach, Florida from injuries received in a boating accident. He was 15.

The son of Joseph H. and Carole George Graves, Jimmy was born in Vero Beach and had attended St. Edward's School for many years before attending Vero Beach High School. At VBHS he was known as a likable student and athlete who would quickly contribute to the football team. Jimmy and his family attended Genesis Church in Vero Beach and were members of Quail Valley Club.

One cannot overstate how much he loved his family, football and fishing.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy is survived by his sisters Emily and Sara Graves; paternal grandparents Rev. James F. and Betty H. Graves; maternal grandparents Joseph Leo and Linda George all of Vero Beach; aunt Debbie (Mark) Hawk of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and their children Matthew (Jessica) Hawk, Jason (Laura) Hawk and Kelly Hawk, and grandchildren Logan, Landon, Layton and Averi; aunt Becky (Jim) Osborn of Houston, Texas and their children Meredith Osborn, Megan (Will) Wolf and Jimmy Osborn, and granddaughter Lennon; uncle Joseph "Joey" (Jill) George of Hot Springs, Arkansas and their children Chelsea (Alex) Miller, Katelyn (Gunner) Pritchard and Elliot George; and the beloved Graves family dogs Jake and Oscar.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Graves Memorial Fund, c/o VBHS Football, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

The family will receive friends 6-9 PM, Friday, December 9, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Vero Beach. A funeral service celebrating his life will begin at 2 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the church. A private graveside service will follow.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.

A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.

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Published in TC Palm from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2016.
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December 19, 2016
Joe, Carol and family: None of us can grasp this unthinkable loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and the hearts and minds of countless others.

Steven Swann
Stuart, FL
December 12, 2016
I am so sorry. I am a friend of Linda George and don't know how to reach her. You have our prayers.
Rebecca Carnell
December 12, 2016
Many prayers for peace, wisdom and understanding during this difficult time. Comfort for your heavy hearts. Sweet memories of happiness with Jimmy to outweigh the tears. Jesus says...Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest. He will. He will. Love you all.
Autumn Frederick
December 12, 2016
So sorry for your great loss. My heartfelt condolences.
Eugene O'Neill
December 10, 2016
We are so sorry, words are missing to express our sorrow. Our street will mourn and remember Jimmy forever. The Hoos family
Diego Hoos
December 10, 2016
Prayers for the family of this Young Man James Franklin Graves II He will be forever in your Heart.
Cheryl Gondek
December 10, 2016
Our hearts break for you as you endure the grief of such a loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort you by His love and grace now and always!
Nancy Rutledge Waler
December 10, 2016
My heart and prayers go out to the Graves family, may God bless you give you strength , my daughter went to school with jimmy , they where in class together was very blessed to have Jimmy as a friend. Your family will remain in my prayers.
Jennifer Scannelli
December 9, 2016
My heart is so heavy for The Graves Family . My thoughts and prayers to all. May God Bless you and wrap his loving arms around your family. Jimmy will always be you forever and ever .
Natalie Swain
December 9, 2016
My prayers and heartfelt sorrow are sent to both families of this tragedy. There are no words I could say to console you during this time of sorrow. I can only send My love , prayers and strength through the Lord as added to the many other beautiful individuals on this site, that have expressed the same for the Graves family.
I pray God will give you the strength you need. God Bless you!
Genevieve Anyzeski
December 9, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss of this beloved family member. So many friends of the George's in Louisville are praying for all of you.
John and Debbie Locke
December 9, 2016
Sending our heartfelt sympathy and praying for you all.
Nancy and Todd Hempstead
December 9, 2016
We were fortunate enough to know Jimmy through Indian River Soccer. He was an amazing athlete who was always humble and respectful. We are so sorry for your loss. We will be thinking of the Graves family and praying that you will get through this tough time.
Brad and Katrina Bishop
December 9, 2016
Words don't come easy at this time. Please know that your family is in the prayers of many folks, even ones you have never met. May God be with you to give you strength.
December 9, 2016
I really enjoyed his politeness when he came to the Village Beach Market. So sorry for your loss. Annette Gover
December 9, 2016
Sending our love and prayers to your family.
Mark and Diane Zimmerman
December 9, 2016
My sincere condolences to the Graves family.
Holly Dunn-Mayes
December 8, 2016
Or sincere condolences to the Graves and George families. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Barry and Anne Sachs
Anne Sachs
December 7, 2016
I can't imagine you grief at the loss of a child. Accept what comfort you can from the multitude of people who obviously love and care for you and your family. My family is saddened and sends it's love.
Will Campbell
December 7, 2016
Our hearts are broken. Sending love and prayers from your family in Arkansas.

Rick & Vicki Cornett
Brandon & Brandi Burrow (Mason & Libby)
Aaron & Kasi Erwin (Lilly & Daisy)
Vicki Cornett
December 7, 2016
I remember being Jimmy's kindergarten teacher and was so shocked to see this on FB. We no longer live in FL so will not be at the service. I wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your loss! I will always remember that little smiling face!
Darlene Srigley
December 7, 2016
Dear Graves Family,

It is with great sadness that we learned the news of James' passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Natalie Boyland and team
Coast Spine Center
December 7, 2016
Words are inadequate. Greta and I send love and prayers hoping that you and your family will find comfort during your time of loss and grief.
John Morris
December 7, 2016
Carol, Joe and Family: There are no words of comfort that we can think of however Don, Ginny and Family are thinking of you and can only imagine what you all are going through. The Bogues
Donald Bogue
December 7, 2016
Prayers for Emily and her entire family during this most difficult time from the Kenney Family-Elizabeth, John and Marcia
Marcia Kenney
December 6, 2016
Sending our love and prayers to your family. Praying for you all.

Lowery and Teresa Beck
December 6, 2016
Dear Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I pray for the Lord to wrap his loving arms around each of you & keep you close.
Your cousin,
Susan Ring Williams
December 6, 2016
Condolences from Jason Lingle ,Debra Kelly, Lauren & Kyle
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