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James R. Graves

Marion- James Raymond Graves, 64, of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Marion, passed away at 2:15 AM, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon. James was born on October 4, 1953 in Carbondale to Mathew & Helen Ruth (Launius) Graves, Jr. He worked as a repairman at Peabody Coal in Sparta for 17 years. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. James was a Christian and attended Cornerstone Church in Marion and New Life Church in Johnston City. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time outdoors- hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars, shopping at Wal-Mart and eating good food. He will dearly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include- Daughter- Teresa Graves of Mcleansboro Son- Steven L. Graves and wife Desiree of McLeansboro Son- David J. Graves and wife Ashley of McLeansboro Nine grandchildren One great grandchild on the way Sister- Kathryn Ozment and husband Alan of Collinsville Brother- Gerry Graves and wife Melissa of Marion Brother- Eric Graves and wife Amy of Marion Several nieces and nephews Many close friends He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter- Kelly Dawn Graves and siblings- Carolyn Graves and Mathew Graves III. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Coal Bank Springs Cemetery in Crab Orchard. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the graveside. Memorial arrangements were made at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 1704 N. Court/ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com

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Jim Bob, who l knew from Faith Ministry at Sparta, was a good guy--a little crazy, way back then, but a very good guy. He loved God and his kids. He loved to praise the Lord! We moved from Sparta and l often wondered what ever happened to Jim. He was a friend ready to offer help if you needed it. I loved him, in the Lord. So sorry to hear of Jim's passing... See you again, Jim, in the sweet by and by...

Jenna Lambeth Mar 24 2018 2:42 PM