Alan H. Graves, 74, of Henrietta, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Jim Moses, minister of music, and Rev. Randy Osborn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Graves T Bar Ranch, under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta.
Mr. Graves was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on May 29, 1937 to Oscar Louis and Furn (Wiseman) Graves. He was a life-long resident of Henrietta. After graduating from Henrietta High School, he served in the US Army in South Korea and then became a member of the National Guard. After serving in the army, he worked with his father in the loan business and cattle business. With his father’s health failing, he bought his dad’s cattle and began his own ranching operation. Alan married Jacquetta Shepherd on Aug. 13, 1966, in the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. In 2008, he was awarded the Outstanding Rangeland Management Award of the Texas Section Society for Range Management. One of his greatest enjoyments was hiring young men in high school and college for the summer and teaching them about the cattle business and mesquite control. Mr. Graves served on the Clay County Memorial Hospital Board from 1984-1989. He was a long time volunteer fireman and a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta.
Survivors include his wife, Jacquetta Graves of Henrietta; two daughters, Nala Chambers and husband Robert of Henrietta, and Haley Graves of Weatherford; a son, Garen Graves of The Colony; two grandsons; two sisters, Betty Lee Ballard and husband Jack of Houston, and Evelyn Akin of Fort Worth.
The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Sunday evening, December 4, 2011 from 4-6 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 491, Henrietta, Texas 76365.