Remembering James Elton Graves

March 16, 1945 — August 10, 2023

A visitation will be held for Mr. James Elton Graves, 78 of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana on Sunday, August 13, 2023, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, 9891 Texas Highway, Many, Louisiana 71449. Funeral services will immediately follow at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Junior Ott officiating. His graveside service will be held after the funeral at The Tabernacle, 281 Counts Road, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana 71065. He was born on March 16, 1945, in Belmont, Louisiana to Elton Graves and Christine (Anders) Graves and he passed away on August 10, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly Graves of Pleasant Hill, LA; his daughter, Jan Murray & husband, James of Pleasant Hill, LA; his brothers, Travis Graves & wife, Betty of Catuna, LA, Terry Graves & wife, Debbie of Terrell, TX, and Odis Gene Graves & wife, Norma of Pleasant Hill, LA; his 6 grandchildren, Kenith Murray & wife, Jammie, Ashley Walker & husband, Ryan, Kevin Murray and Hillary Williams, Haillie Parker & husband, Randy, Rebecca Bennett & husband, Hayden, and Russel Graves; numerous great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other family members. Preceding him in death are his parents, Elton Graves and Christine (Anders) Graves; his son, Dennis James Graves; his sister, Vernell Graves; and his brothers, Dearl Graves, Donald Graves, and Randall Graves.

Honoring him as pallbearers will be Ryan Walker, Thomas Tuck, Daniel Weaver, Austin Weaver, Rodney Burr, and Russell Graves. His honorary pallbearers will be Ray Williams, and Stanley James.

James was a very Godly man who never met a stranger, and always got along well with others. He was incredibly talented; he enjoyed painting and working with his hands. The Tabernacle where his graveside service will be held was actually built by him over a 5-year period of time. He worked as a pipe welder by trade; his hobbies included fishing and hunting, with fishing being his all-time favorite.

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