Phillip L. Graves Sr., 84, of Gifford

Phillip L. Graves Sr., 84, of 67 Spring Street, Gifford, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 5th, 2011, at his residence.

Born January 11, 1927, in West Clarksville, NY, he was a son of the late John P. and Agnes I. (Childs) Graves.

On August 6, 1944 in Machias, New York he married Marian L. (Holsinger) Graves who survives.

Mr. Graves attended Cyclone schools and Vale Tech Institute in Blairsville for auto mechanics. He had worked as an auto mechanic at Robertson Motors Oldsmobile, Bill Kerr Oldsmobile and Fairway Ford for 30 years retiring in 1991.

He was one of the founding members of the Hilltop Baptist Church in Gifford and also served as a Deacon of the Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one daughter Marianne (Jay) Walter of Gifford, three sons: Phillip “Skeet” (Judy) Graves Jr. of Gifford, Ronald (Leticia) Graves of Mercersburg, and David (Joan) Graves of Gifford, 15 grandchildren: Tammy (Doug) Whiteman, Tracy (Rick) Burke, Terri (Abbott) Case, Frank Graves, Tina Kandare, Brian (Trisha) Graves, Jaime (Frank) Giardina, Brent Graves, Leticia Luengas, David (Elisa) Tello, Denise (Kip) Waid, Ben (Melissa) Graves, Julie Graves, Nicole Walter, and Jay Michael Walter, 24 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, two sisters: Rowena Holsinger, and Beverly McCool both of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and one sister.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday February 8, 2011 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the Hilltop Baptist Church and again on Wednesday  February 9th, from 10:00am to 11:00am at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Max Simms, pastor and Rev Bill Raymond pastor of the Faith Baptist Church co-officiating. Committal services and burial will follow McKean Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

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