Austin S. Graves

AUSTIN S. GRAVES passed away Nov. 28, 2019, at Diversicare in Oneonta, at the age of 95. He was a long time resident of Blountsville and a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Graves was predeceased by his parents Burvel and Vona Graves; siblings Zilla Graves, Ivy Graves, Emmie Shelton, Jim Graves, Wesley Graves, Roy Graves, and Jack Graves; niece Paula Graves; and nephews Gary Shelton and Jackie Graves.

Uncle Austin will be remembered by nieces and nephews Patsy Handley, Linda Love, Rickey Graves, Judy Shelton, Don Graves, Martha Jones, Richard Graves, Corann Graves, Patty Graves, Dennis Graves, and Sandra Baker along with 17 great-nieces and nephews and many other loved ones and friends.

Austin Graves graduated from J.B. Pennington High School and then served in the Navy during World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950 from Howard College and began a 35-year teaching career in classrooms throughout St. Clair, Jefferson, Marshall, and Blount counties. During that time he obtained higher degrees from UAB and taught some other subjects, but his main area of concentration, and the subject he loved most, was history.

Austin’s real love was singing. In college at Howard, he traveled with the a cappella choir. He sang in the choir and taught Sunday school while he was a member of Blountsville Baptist Church and did the same later when he joined First Baptist Church in Oneonta. Singing and teaching, those were his loves!

A memorial service was held Sunday Dec. 8, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Blountsville Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

-obituary written by family