Lewis  Graves


Lewis Lon Graves, age 85, of Seneca, MO, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Mercy Hospital, in Joplin, after a short illness. Lewis was born March 3, 1934, in Joplin, to the late Fred and Birdie Graves. He was the youngest of 12 children.
Lewis graduated from Joplin High School, in the class of 1952, and worked briefly for a flooring company. He was drafted at the height of the Cold War to the Army in 1954, and went to basic training in Fort Carson, CO, and served honorably until 1956. Afterward he worked for a short time at Vickers, in Joplin, and was a route driver for Pepsi Cola, which he always talked that he really liked stopping at all the mom and pop stores and conversating with the merchants. He then went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in September of 1959, and worked until his retirement in January of 1995.
He married Shelby Graves on August 17, 1963, in Diamond, MO, and faithfully stuck by her side through sickness and health until her passing on November 12, 2017.
He was a devoted Christian and loved his Lord. Every day he was in his Bible studying the word always searching and getting everything he could from it. Lewis attended various churches through his life, going to where he could be fed the word. When he didn't feel he was, he would go searching again.
Lewis enjoyed living on his farm where he raised horses, and livestock. He enjoyed camping, going to sales, looking for things to where he could make a deal. Lewis loved and lived life and will be greatly missed.
Lewis was also preceded in death by siblings, Harold Graves, Helen Siler, Evabell Puckett, Ozella Bard, James Graves, Edwin Graves; and an infant son.
Lewis is survived by two sons, Daniel Graves and wife, Denise, of Carl Junction, Mark Graves, of Carl Junction; a stepson, Michael Carter, of Joplin; grandchildren, Tabitha Jessip and Katy Yearton; great-grandchildren, Samantha Jessip and Liam Jessip; siblings, Mary Irick, of Joplin, twins, Margia Kelly, of Joplin, and Margarette Wilson, of Tucker, GA, and Galen Graves, of Kansas City.
The family will be present for a visitation on Wednesday, March 27, at Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City, from 12 to 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at Osborne Cemetery, in Joplin. at 1:30 p.m. with full military honors.
Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City.
Visit www.simpsonfh.com for online condolences.
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Kayla Pekarek
Mar 25, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your father.