MARIAN EUGENE "GENE" GRAVES, JR., 88, of Fort Worth
passed away on December 19, 2009 in Fort Worth. Burial
was in Granger, TX.
Gene Graves was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Ranger, TX,
one of five children of Marian Eugene & Lula Anna
Hand Graves. He spent the early years of his life
in the Acker Community in Stephens County, where he
attended a one-room schoolhouse. Gene later attended
high school in Ranger and joined the United States
Marines. He was medically discharged from the Marines
in 1943 after being wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Later he attended and graduated from Texas A&M University,
obtaining a master's degree in agricultural education.
Gene married Juanita Virginia Jones in 1946.
Gene became a county extension agent and held positions
in that capacity in Johnson, Grayson, Fannin, & finally
Tarrant counties. During his career, Gene was named one
of the 10 most outstanding county agents in the United
States. He retired from the extension service in 1987
after 38 years of service. He was a member of the First
United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and a 50-year
member of Kiwanis International, as well as a 32nd-
degree Freemason and 50-year member of the Scottish
Rite of Freemasonry.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Juanita
Virginia Jones Graves, in 2004. Survivors: sister, Wanda
Louise Murphy (RHS-1943) and her husband, Bill, of Canyon
Lake; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of