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Earlene Doretha Graves

June 13, 1949 ~ July 21, 2022 (age 73)

Obituary

Sister Earlene Doretha Graves was 73, and departed this life Thursday July 21, 2022 in Marion County. She was the wife of Freddie Lee Graves. 

Memorial services are scheduled to be held at the Jackson & McGill Memorial Chapel on Thursday July 28, 2022 at 11:00 am. 

~ The Obituary ~

Earlene D. Willis Graves was born June 13,1949 in Marion, South Carolina, to the late Walter Willis and Geneva Bacchus Willis. She departed this life on July 21, 2022 at her home in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina. Four siblings preceded her in death: Luther, Golder, James, and Charlie Lee. She received her education from Bethel School in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina. 

At an early age, Earlene was converted and became a member of Bethel AME Church, where she was a faithful and loyal member. While being active in church, she was a member of the Stewardess Board, Eastern Star, and sung on the Bethel AME Adult Choir. She was a joy to be around and had a gentle, kind and giving spirit. She was married to Freddie Lee Graves for 57 years and their union was blessed with three children.       

Loving memories of his life will be cherished and held deeply by her husband Mr. Freddie Lee Graves of the home. Three children: Corinthian Graves, Eric (Valerie) Graves of Mullins, South Carolina and Dexter (Jeanette) Graves of Lexington, South Carolina. Step-daughter: Carolyn (Samuel) Moore of Salisburg, North Carolina. Two siblings: Helen (Harry) Hemingway and Curlene Hemingway of Britton’s Neck, South Carolina. Two Aunts: Candice Conyers of Pamplico, South Carolina and Carrie (Alfred) Boatwright of Stratford, Connecticut. Four sisters-in-law: Emma Lee Bacchus, Queen Esther Davis, Mary Willis of Britton’s Neck, South Carolina, and Ethel Manboh of Hampton, Virginia. Two brothers-in-law: Anthony Hemingway of Britton’s Neck, South Carolina and James B. Graves of Hollywood, Florida. Two grandchildren that she reared: Jacourie and Jacaira Graves. Ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. A special niece that she loved dearly and spent most of her time with, Lorraine Woodberry. 

The family of Sister Earlene Doretha Graves in consideration of the current health crisis facing our world, nation, state, and local community,  will hold a 100 person or less funeral service for their loved one with interment immediately following. While the Graves family would love to be surrounded by your presence, they acknowledge the health risks to family, church members, friends, and particularly to those who are most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions. What the family needs most at this time are your prayers and understanding. Thank you for your concern and cooperation.

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