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James F. Graves, Taylor County, KY (1924-2013)

He was a highly regarded member of the Campbellsville community. He professed faith in Christ and was a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II having served his country honorably in the Army Air Force. He graduated as a fighter pilot and served with the 8th Air Force in Europe as a P-51 pilot. He joined the Army National Guard and was activated during the Korean Conflict, serving with the regular Army in Germany for three years. He accepted a full time position with the National Guard and retired as Colonel of the Kentucky Army National Guard after thirty-six years of service, with thirty of those years with the Kentucky Army National Guard. He was a graduate of the basic and advanced courses in Artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the Inspector General and Auditor General Course in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Campbellsville College when it was a two year college. He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Mary Jewell Vaughn Graves. He leaves 1 direct living descendant.
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James F. Graves, of Campbellsville, KY died at 4pmET, Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Campbellsville, KY, at the age of 89.

The funeral service will be at 10amCT/11amET, Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Rev. John Chowning. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, W Main Street, Campbellsville, KY, with Full Military Honors by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4pm-7pmCT/5pm-8pmET, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

Pallbearers: Russ Clement, Joe DeSpain, Michael L. Graham, Ron Rafferty, Alexander G. Shively, and Dr. Eugene H. Shively.

James F. Graves, Taylor County, KY (1924 - 2013)


James F. Graves was the son of the late W. Ernest Graves and Nelle Burdette Graves. He was born Tuesday, January 22, 1924, in Marion County, KY. He died Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY, at the age of 89 years, 7 months, and 30 days.

He professed faith in Christ and was a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of World War II having served his country honorably in the Army Air Force. He graduated as a fighter pilot and served with the 8th Air Force in Europe as a P-51 pilot. He joined the Army National Guard and was activated during the Korean Conflict, serving with the regular Army in Germany for three years. He accepted a full time position with the National Guard and retired as Colonel of the Kentucky Army National Guard after thirty-six years of service, with thirty of those years with the Kentucky Army National Guard.

He was a graduate of the basic and advanced courses in Artillery at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the Inspector General and Auditor General Course in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Campbellsville College when it was a two year college.

He united in marriage to Mary Jewell Vaughn January 10, 1950. Mary Jewell joined him in Germany and their daughter, Virginia, was born in an Army hospital in Nuremburg, Germany.

Besides his wife, Mary Jewell Graves, he is survived by the following:
  • One daughter: Virginia Alicia Graves of Clarksville, TN

  • One nephew: Dr. Eugene H. Shively and wife, Susan of Campbellsville, KY

  • One great-nephew and one great-niece: Alexander G. Shively and wife, Christina E. of Campbellsville, KY; and Dr. Victoria Shively Graham and husband, Michael L. of Louisville

  • And many other relatives and friends
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Graves Shively March 23, 2013.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be donations to the Virginia Shively Scholarship Fund at Campbellsville University or to Gideon Bibles. These may be left at the funeral home. Send a condolence to the family of James F. Graves

The Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY in charge of arrangements.



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