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Jackie Barnes Rushton

My Deepest Condolences to the Family. RIP Mr. Graves

Jack Hammill

Alas, Farewell my brother. I always enjoyed working with Joe.

Maryjane Flinn

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patricia Brooks

So sorry Neil to hear of your Dad’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Glenda Harper

Thankful for so many good memories of Joe & Cornelia as we shared in family birthdays, celebrations & events. We were always the grandparents at dance recitals , school programs & birthday parties . Glad we got opportunity to share so many special times with both Joe & Cornelia. Most of all, thankful for them sharing special son, John with our family. Joe will be missed!

Gloria Yaun

Neil so very sorry for you loss.sending love and hugs your way

Laurye Campbell Ray

From getting gum from his pocket as a child to over 60 years later at my daddy’s 90th birthday celebration two years ago, good memories. God bless you all during this time.

Mary Jane Gallagher

Neil, Saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing. Memories of when he and Spencer and Louise moved to Yulee - many find playtimes growing up around the corner from each other. He was a fine gentleman who will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts are with you! May memories comfort you and your family members.

Joseph Lee Graves


Joseph Lee Graves, age 83, of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the Warner Center for Caring.
He was born on November 26, 1937 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Lemuel A. and Ernestine L. (Parker) Graves. His parents passed away when he was very young and he and his siblings were raised by the late O’Neil and Thelma Godfrey. Joe grew up in Yulee, FL and graduated from Yulee High School in 1955.
After high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He was honorably discharged as an Airman 2nd Class. He returned to Fernandina Beach and worked for Container Corporation as a Lab Technician. Joe also worked as a patrolman with Florida Highway Patrol. In 1971 he was employed by Seaboard System as a Conductor. He joined Amtrak in 1986 and retired in 2001.
Joe was a longtime member of Yulee United Methodist Church and was also a member of Amelia Lodge # 47 for fifty five years.
In addition to his parents and foster parents Joe was predeceased by his wife, Cornelia Bush Graves a brother, Spencer Graves and a sister, Louise Graves Parker.
He leaves behind his sons, J. Neil (Bebe) Graves of Huntsville, AL, Bobby (Pam) Graves of Fernandina Beach, FL, John (Tambi) Graves of Jacksonville, FL; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 beginning at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors with Rev. John Gallman and Mr. Edward O’Rourke officiating.
The family will receive friends from Friday evening 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
He will be laid to rest beside his wife in Hughes Cemetery in Yulee, FL.
Donations may be made in his memory to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.


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