- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
James Warren Graves, 90, of Hagerstown died Jan. 12, 2013, at Meritus Hospital, following a brief illness.
Formerly of Clear Spring, he had resided at NMS Nursing Home in Hagerstown since September 2009.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Stella Marie Hendershot Graves, six brothers and four sisters.
Born in Leonardtown on Jan. 2, 1923, he was the son of the late Mary “Molly” Attaway Downs Graves and Benedict Francis Graves.
As a young man, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a forward observer in the battles for the Philippines. Wounded on the island of Leyte in December 1944, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon returning to the States, he received an honorable discharge in September 1945.
He worked for Samuel Horst of Maugansville making fine cabinetry prior to engaging full time in farming. Stella and James Graves’ registered Holsteins were recognized as one of the top herds in Washington County during the 1950s and 1960s. He retired from dairying in 1984 but continued raising beef cattle and growing grain until the 1990s.
He is survived by one daughter, Marina Kaye Ridenour and husband, Lester; three granddaughters, Stephanie Ann Dyer and husband, Gil, Suzanne Marie Ridenour and special friend, Scott Bunker, and Beth Allison Smith and husband, Darren Smith, all of Clear Spring; four great-grandchildren, Stefan Brooks Shingleton and wife, Jennifer, of Clear Spring, Alexis Dawn Hudak and husband, Brandon, of Frederick and Alex Joseph and Patrick Jay Smith, both of Clear Spring; and two great-great-grandchildren, Malea Beth and Elena Lynn Shingleton, both of Clear Spring. He is also survived by special nephew, Donald “Donnie” Graves; and nieces, Janice McKay and husband, Joe, Angie Nashwick and husband, Bob, Barbara Tippett and husband, James, Marian Hevner and husband, Larry, Debbie Lathroum and husband, Joe; and nephew, Charles Wise, all of Southern Maryland.
Services were held at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, Pa., on Jan. 15. He was interred at Union Cemetery beside his wife. The Rev. Elaine Swinehart, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Clear Spring, officiated.