Terry Graves

Terry L Graves

Saturday, February 18th, 1956 - Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Elder Terry Leander Graves, Sr. began life's journey on February 18, 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas to the union of Robert Lee and Lizzie Mae Graves. Elder Graves, Sr. was educated in the Forth Worth School District and graduated from Trimble Tech High School in 1974.
At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, and on January 2, 1977, he joined the fellowship of the saints at Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center. On June 27, 1987, Elder Terry married Elder Rosie Eason and to this union one son, Terry Graves, II. was born. That same year he moved to Pontiac, Michigan with his family. He joined Messiah Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Roy C. Cummings and Reverend Sylvester Thompson. Elder Terry was a very active member serving in several ministries. Youth Ministry, one of the largest group in Pontiac, Michigan, Pastor Care and Comfort Club, Sunday School Teacher and preaching the gospel. Elder Graves, Sr, moved back to Fort Worth, Texas in 1991. Once in Fort Worth, he sought employment with the City of Fort Worth, Jos. A. Bank, and his last place of employment was NANA's Kitchen. Elder Graves, Sr. had several interests in life that included his love for shopping! He was a fashion icon known as "Mr. GQ," because of his extraordinary style of dress. He also enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and last but not least, going in the refrigerator.
Elder Graves, Sr. had a zest for life, he was a people person with a kind and gentle heart and spirit. He loved shouting and praising God. Elder Graves loved visiting churches and especially loved reading the Holy Word of God. He served in God's house faithfully in many ministries: Usher Board member, Male Chorus member, New Member Orientation Instructor, Armor Bearer, Sunday School Superintendent, Leader Day Prayer Band and the leader of TOWS, just to name a few. In 2018, Elder Graves, Sr. received his ordination as Elder.
On September 12, 2019, he heard a voice from heaven saying, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 KJV)
Elder Graves, Sr. leaves to cherish his memory: son, Terry L. Graves, II of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Donnie Hood and Gloria (Johnie) Warren both of Fort Worth, Texas: sister-in-law, Opal Scott of Fort Worth, Texas; aunts, Winnie (Frenchell) Scott of Fort Worth, Texas and Mable Runnels of Jacksonville, Texas; nephews. Tony B. (Allis) Hood of Dallas, Texas, Courtney Smith and Charian Knight of Fort Worth, Texas; great-nephews, Chris Lawrence, Antonio Hood, Courtney Smith; great-nieces, Alexis Hood, Karryne Smith; great-great nephew, Ashton Lawrence; great-great nieces, Christen Lawrence, Alyssa Lawrence, Kassidy Walker and Chloe Lawrence; cousins, Janice Graves, James Rogers and Wayne Rogers; godmother, Kate Womack; second family, Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center, NANA's Kitchen and a host of other relative and friends.
Elder Graves, Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Graves and Lizzie Mae Graves; brother, John L. Whitaker, and nephew, Kevin B. Hood.
The family would like to express special thanks to Katie Womack and the Rhodes family, the Mclean family, the Runnels family, and the Spruill family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 | 6:45pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 6:45pm - 7:00pm
    Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center
    2513 S Edgewood Terrace
    FORT WORTH, TX 76105
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  • Wake Service 1

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Greater Mt. Tabor Christian Center
  • Service

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Greater Mount Tabor Christian Center
    2513 S Edgewood Terrace
    FORT WORTH, TX 76105
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  • Interment

    Cedar Hill Memorial Park
    8301 Mansfield Hwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76001
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We are so sorry for the loss of your Father Terry. Praying for continued strength, comfort, and peace.
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Juanita Smith & Oscar Brown

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Marilyn J Murphy

Posted at 07:18pm
With deepest condolences to the family. We are praying for you and your family. Elder Terry Graves was always extremely kind to me and my family. He would give the best greeting and hugs. RIP from Marilyn Murphy and family.

Joey & Belinda Street

Posted at 10:15pm
My wife and I will remember Rev.Terry Graves smile that made you feel comfortable. His soft voice that was comforting. Joey and Belinda Street.

Amanda White

Posted at 11:20am
My life is richer for knowing Terry and having him as the brother of my heart. I will hold and treasure the angel that he gave me at my mother's homegoing service until we meet again.

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