SOUTHLAKE - Ray Graves, 79, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Burial will be a 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenn Cemetery in Bluff Dale.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church, 301 East Texas Street in Grapevine.?

Ray was born on June 27, 1931 to William and Janie Belle Graves in Stephenville. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Dickinson, where he was and Deacon and taught Sunday school. Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. ?Ray played football for Texas A&M from 1950 - 1953 and was the quarterback from 1951 - 1953. He was an avid sportsman. After college, Ray worked for American National Life Insurance Company from 1956 - 1996, and loved his work. ?Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Martha Graves, of Southlake; children, Becky Sewell and husband Don, Grapevine, Susan Ward and husband Tom, Aurora, CO., Linda Chapman and husband Jim, Southlake, Scott Graves, of Dickinson, and Jane Marburger and husband Kyle, of McAllen; grandchildren, Brent Sewell and wife Lori Beth, Keith Sewell and wife Christy, Derek Ward, Tyler Ward, Cale Chapman, Kendall Chapman, Jacquelyn Graves, Greg Graves, Taylor Marburger and Sydney Marburger; great-grandchildren, Selah and Radley Sewell; twin brother, Kay Graves and wife Margaret Ann; and brother Roger Graves and wife Carolyn; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Should friends desire, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church of Grapevine.

Published March 13, 2011

Stephenville Empire-Tribune