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Mr. Larry Hugh Graves Sr., 69, died Thursday, June 14, 2012 in Tupelo due to complications from a stroke.Â
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18 at First United Methodist Church in Starkville with Rev. Giles Lindley, Rev. Danny Rowland and Rev. Bob Whiteside officiating.
Burial will follow at Easthaven Cemetery at 4 p.m. in Brookhaven with Rev. Bruce officiating the graveside service.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at Welch Funeral Home.
Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Graves was born July 31, 1942 in Yazoo City to the late Mary Elsie Smith Graves and the late L.H. Graves.Â He graduated from Brookhaven High School and Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in education, masterâ€™s degree in counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology.Â
He was employed as a teacher and coach in Jacksonville, Fla,, a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and, at the time of his retirement, was the head of the Center for Governmental Technology and the Community Development Department with Bost Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University, where he was instrumental in the development of the training program for municipal and city officials.Â
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Starkville, the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class, the Starkville Quarterback Club, and a lifelong and loyal Bulldog fan.Â His hobbies included gardening, golfing and spending time with family and friends.Â
Mr. Graves is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda Wilson Graves; sons, Larry Graves Jr. and wife Robin, and Lawson Graves and wife Joy, both of Starkville; stepdaughter, Cher Crowley and husband Cliff of Starkville; stepson Jody Pennock and wife Kate Scott Pennock, of Tunica;sisters, Susan Reynolds and husband Larry, of Florence, and Marianna Knight and husband Danny Ray, of Brookhaven.Â
He was the proud PawPaw of Connor Reinike, Wesley Graves, Tanner Graves, Jordan Crowley, Harper Crowley, Thomas Graves, Hannah Cate Crowley and Piper Graves, all of Starkville, and Georgia Pennock and Sessions Pennock of Tunica.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Stroke Association, the Mississippi State University Bulldog Club or First United Methodist Church of Starkville, Mississippi.Â
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