The Murfreesboro Post

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Nov. 16, 2007


Ernest Lee Graves


Ernest Lee Graves, age 86, of Smyrna died Nov. 16, 2007 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.


He was born in Wilson County and was the son of the late Harry Graves and Rosa Wiggs Graves Coleman.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Emma Graves; daughter, Melinda (Lyron) Potts, Smyrna; three sons, Sam (Gwen) Graves, Smyrna, Tom (Sandy) Graves, Murfreesboro, Ernest (Connie) Graves, Smyrna; brother, Monroe Graves, Murfreesboro; two sisters, Frances Maddux, Mt. Juliet and Marie King, Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Sam Graves, Jr., Sherry Landtroop, Leah Graves, Andrew Graves, Michael Potts, David Potts, Phillip Graves and Luke Graves; two great grandchildren, John Graves and Logan Potts.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Smyrna First United Methodist Church with Dr. John Michael Jones officiating. Burial Mapleview Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna. Memorials in memory of Mr. Graves may be made to the Smyrna First United Methodist Church.


Mr. Graves retired as Vice President of Betty Machine Company. He was very active at his church where he was former Chairman of the Board of Smyrna First United Methodist Church, he was former District Lay Leader of the Murfreesboro District, and was a former Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Graves was an avid deer hunter and wood worker.


Honorary Pallbearers will be the Young Menís Sunday School Class at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, 615-459-3254,