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In Memory of

Charles Benjamin Graves,

October 22, 1926 - January 27, 2018

Obituary


Charles Benjamin Graves, Jr., age 91, of Austin, Texas passed away on January 27, 2018. Born in Houston, Texas on October 22, 1926 to Charles Benjamin Graves, Sr. and Lucille Phipps Graves, he is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ruth Graves Dill, his wife and mother of their five children, Nancy Grace Nichols Graves in 1968, his wife Darlene Graves in 2009, and his wife Francis Graves in 2015. His love for God, family, friends and country was exemplified in all he did as he spent his life serving God, serving others,...

Charles Benjamin Graves, Jr., age 91, of Austin, Texas passed away on January 27, 2018. Born in Houston, Texas on October 22, 1926 to Charles Benjamin Graves, Sr. and Lucille Phipps Graves, he is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ruth Graves Dill, his wife and mother of their five children, Nancy Grace Nichols Graves in 1968, his wife Darlene Graves in 2009, and his wife Francis Graves in 2015. His love for God, family, friends and country was exemplified in all he did as he spent his life serving God, serving others, and serving his country.

Charles was known to all as a man of character, conviction and great integrity. His positive approach to life, contagious smile, bright blue eyes, and sense of humor were just some of the ways he exhibited his joy in Jesus Christ. He never met a stranger and was known to the end for boldly sharing his deep faith and love in Christ. An incredible encourager, protector and believer that God has a plan for our lives, he had a heart of gold, consistently displaying unconditional love and forgiveness for those blessed enough to know him.

His loss is deeply felt by the five children he leaves behind. Widowed when his children were quite young, he clung steadfastly to the prayer he and their mother prayed. It was their hope that one of them would be present to see all five of their children follow Christ. A wonderful father, he provided all five the love, support and courage to build and grow their own families and careers. His dream was to see all of his children and fourteen grandchildren graduate from college, going so far as to set aside funds so that college was a possibility for all.

US Army Colonel Charles Graves enlisted at seventeen years of age and proudly served in Korea, Germany, and Japan. As a member of the Army Corp of Engineers, he helped design and rebuild bridges in Japan after World War II. When he left active duty, he continued to serve in the Army Reserve for many years, training and leading with the expertise he had gained as an Oregon State University graduate of engineering and through his active duty. A highlight of his life was touring Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight with other WWII and Korean War veterans during the spring of 2016.

Charles Graves continued his career as a civil engineer for the City of Texarkana, Portland Cement Association, City of Austin, Cunningham Graves Engineers, and Austin Spectrum. He built many friendships in the professional engineering community and served as a consultant for many after retirement. He was a visionary in the world of engineering and his contributions to the industry will live on.

Charles was an active church member all of his life and was extremely devoted as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and Chairman of Deacons at Hyde Park Baptist Church and as a founding member of Austin Baptist Church. The experiences and friendships he established have always been meaningful to him as he found purpose and hope through his church family.

Charles authored and published his first book after his wife, Nancy, died: When Tragedy Strikes. Many people were comforted as he shared his experiences in writing. A second book, "Resolve It", was written to encourage others in various stages of life. He had such a heart for helping others. In his later life, he received a cochlear implant, again resorting to penning his experiences; he dreamed of publishing a book on the difficulties of hearing loss entitled On Deaf Row. His words, both written and spoken, will forever leave a legacy to those who knew and loved him.

Charles Graves is survived by his five children, Marcia Graves Brown (Steve), Chip Graves (Cindy), Maurine Graves Richter (Rick), Nancy Graves Linder (fiancÚ, Allen McCurdy) and Carolyn Graves Martinez (Eddie); fourteen grandchildren, Scott Looper (Cheryl), Cory Looper, Reed Looper (Tara), Macey Graves, Chase Graves, Missy Graves Malavansos (Chris), Molly Richter, Stephanie Linder Schmid (Drew), Kimberly Linder Ball (Tanner), Sarah Linder, Samantha Martinez Smith (Josh), E.J. Martinez, Michael Martinez, and Corey Martinez; seven great-grandchildren, Magness Looper, Sadie Bella Looper, Piper Malavansos, Palmer Malavansos, Charlie B. Smith, Eli Smith, and Gabby Martinez; beloved brother, Dick Graves (Jan), sister-in-law, Kay Walter and brother-in-law, John Nichols; nieces and nephews, Susan Walter, Jody Walter, Mary Graves Winterrowd (Lance), Richard Graves (Janet), Cyndi Dill Tyree, Kathy and Jerry Dill. Along with all of our extended family and friends, we will miss him, but we will see him on the other side one day soon. Isaiah 41:10

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Drive, Austin, Texas 78750.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charles's name may be directed to Austin Baptist Church, the Charles B., Jr. and Darlene L. Graves/George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship Fund, or a charity of your choice.