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Walter Lee Graves, 59, Adair Co., KY native (1960-2020)

Walter Lee Graves of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10:38 P.M. at the Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. He was 59 years old.

The family has chosen to have a drive-thru visitation from 11amCT to 1pmCT on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. Visitors must remain in their vehicles and follow directions given.

Private burial will follow in the Dudley Cemetery.

He was born October 28, 1960, in Adair County, to the late Bobby Ray and Yvonne Garnett Graves and was also preceded in death by a brother, Joey Graves. Walter retired after 20+ years with U.S. Army, taught business at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, employed by the Census Bureau as EO Manager and was a member of Columbia First Baptist Church, the V.F.W. and the D.A.V.

Survivors include:
  • His wife - Charlayne Miller Graves of Elizabethtown
  • Two sons - Walter Graves II of Elizabethtown and Justin Miller of Louisville
  • Three daughters - Lauren (James) French of Elizabethtown, Rashana Hibbler of Radcliff and Lindsey Miller of Lexington
  • Two brothers - Ray (Jennifer) Graves of Worcester, MA and Bobby L. Graves of Plano, TX
  • Four sisters - Mitzi (George) Washington of Wichita, KS, Terryl Graves of Columbia, Tina (Larry) Franklin of Columbia, Kemmye Graves of Vine Grove
  • 17 Grandchildren and several other relatives and friends
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Disabled American Veterans or the Leukemia Society which can be mailed to the charity or to the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Walter Lee Graves, 59, Adair Co., KY native (1960-2020)

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