John Allen Graves

Born: Fri., May 28, 1937
Died: Sun., Sep. 23, 2018


Visitation

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 25, 2018
Location: Woodard Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 26, 2018
Location: New Hope Church


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Sep. 26, 2018
Location: New Hope Church


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John Allen Graves, age 81 of Westmoreland, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 23, 2018.  He passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

John was the 1st born of 11 children to Audine and Annie Lou (Coley) Graves on May 28, 1937.  He graduated Westmoreland High School in 1956.  He married Peggy Sue Haskins on June 29, 1957.  They were married for 61 years and had four girls.  John rededicated his life to the Lord during the annual revival at New Hope Church on Nov. 5th 1968 and in his own words "owned the call" to preach God's Word on March 30th 1970.  His first sermon was preached at New Hope Church on April 3rd that same year.  John went on to pastor numerous churches during his life where he was blessed to see many people accept Christ as their Saviour.  John had a heart for the lost and anyone who ever met him would never walk away without hearing him tell them about the Lord and how much Jesus loved them.

John is survived by his wife, Peggy.  His daughters and sons-in-law;  Vickie (Calvin) Gregory, Rita (David) Leath, Sue (Junior) Holmes, Kelly (Larry/Bubba) Meadors.  Grandchildren; Andy (Kristen) Leath, Mary Beth (Brandon) Williams, Derrick (Coty) Gregory, Brad (Jessie) Leath, Darren Gregory, Matthew (Chelsie) Holmes, Nichole (Andrew) Johnson, Adam (Lavina) Holmes, Bailey Meadors, Blake Meadors, 14 great grandchildren, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Audine and Annie Lou Coley Graves; his brother, Billy Ray Graves; and his sister, Peggy Sue Graves Carter.

John was loved beyond measure and will be greatly missed, but he is rejoicing around the throne of Heaven with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services for Mr. Graves will be conducted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 1PM from New Hope Church with Bro. Andy Leath and Dr. Derrick Gregory and Dr. Brad Leath officiating.  Interment to follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Matt Holmes, Darren Gregory, Adam Holmes, Blake Meador, Drew Williams and Anthony Leath.


The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 from 5PM-9PM at Woodard Funeral Home and again on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 from 10AM-service time at 1PM from New Hope Church.

In lieu  of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to New Hope Cemetery.

 

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Cyndi Graves-Morris (Patricia Graves-Jones younger sister)
   Posted Mon September 24, 2018
So sincerely sorry for your LOSS. I remember John Allen to be a very sweet and kind gentleman. He had a way about him that just made you smile. I remember him to be Very faithful to the Lord and his family. You know he had a golden seat reserved just for him right beside God. Love, Cyndi Graves-Morris

Jill Wright
   Posted Mon September 24, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy for Gods gain! I love all of you and have been praying for you,that I will continue to do! Vickie, it was great to spend time with you this summer. Most memorable lesson John Allen taught me was to not throw eggs at cars, after he made several of us wash that station wagon on a chilly night. Never did it again! He and Peggy were always so good to us girls. Enjoyed every minute spent at your house. He will be greatly missed!

Cleo Spears
   Posted Tue September 25, 2018
Dear Graves family so sorry for your loss.May God comfort each and everyone of you. Love in Christ Cleo and Shirley Spears

Ronnie Meador
   Posted Tue September 25, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the passing of John Allen. Our sympathies to Peggy and the Graves family.

Ronnie and Janice Meador

tony troutt
   Posted Wed September 26, 2018
LISA AND I WAS AT THE FUNERAL HOME TUES NITE, DIDNT GET AROUND TO EVERYONE. SO WE JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS REACH OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. HEY, YOU GOTTA KNOW JOHN ALLEN IS REJOICING AND RECEIVING HIS REWARD. OH HAPPY DAY. GOD IS GOOD.