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Theodore Graves

Theodore Roosevelt "Theo" Graves

Wednesday, October 15th, 1941 - Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Theodore Roosevelt Graves, the beloved son of the late Edward Graves, Sr. and Maybelle Graves Spady, was born on October 15, 1941 in Cherrystone, Virginia. He gained his wings on March 8, 2021, at Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center in Parksley, Virginia.

Theodore was educated in the Northampton County Public School system. He held various jobs to include: Webster’s Farm, Northampton Growers, and Perdue Farms, in sanitation. In later years, Theodore left Perdue Farms to pursue a career as a truck driver; a skill which he taught himself. He began his career at Holly Farms, now Tyson Foods, and dedicated many years of service. He also worked at the Feed Mill in Snow Hill, Maryland. As the years went by, Theodore decided to return to Perdue Farms as a live haul driver and drove until his health began to fail.

In 2016, Theodore left Dreamland Trailer Park and moved with his daughter, Rownite, in Parksley, Virginia. His favorite pas times were listening to music, going to Delmar and Englishtown race tracks, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2014, when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies and they had a no-hitter game, it was a special moment for him because he had his great-grandson, Omari with him.

The family was everything to Theodore, especially when his first grandchild was born. He was finally a ”Pop-Pop” and you couldn’t tell him anything. In the last couple of years, his daughter, Rownite, became his primary caregiver along with her mother, Maggie.

In addition to his parents, Theodore was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Graves, Jr. and James Graves, Sr.; daughter, Gloria A. Graves; stepson, Robbie Dennis; and a special friend that was like a brother, Elwood Miles, Sr.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories: three daughters, Annette (Richard) White of Hampton, VA, Rownite Stevens of Parksley, VA, and Tammy Dennis of Norfolk, VA; son, Bryant Dennis, Sr. of GA; nine grandchildren, Otis (Shontelle), Kevon, Eric (Nyerah), Donte, Zecari, Bryant, Jr., Zion, Kayla, and Neveah; four great-grandchildren, Omari, Omere, Avion, and Iyla; sister, Beverly Davis of Painter, VA; brother, Thomas (Ethel) Graves of Newport News, VA; step-children that he helped raise, Cynthia Dennis, Bobbie Dennis, Trudy Collins, and David Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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  • Private Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    Address
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
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Yetta S Wilkins

Posted at 09:39am
I am truly saddened to hear of Theo passing. Please know I am keeping all of you in my prayers 🙏 I will not be able to attend the services due to the loss of my brother in law. Though you're sad now take comfort in knowing he's in a better place. I love you family, ❤🙏🙏 Yetta Stratton Wilkins (Joanner Graves Stratton, Aunt Joanner family )
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Marcus Graves

Posted at 08:18pm
Missing my Uncle Theodore. Still just feeling weird that he is gone. Recently as I been visiting more as I could when his health took a turn, still I kept the faith that he would get just a little better as I kept checking in. As of today, I now see from this point, God took over and took him home. I'm saddened that he is gone, but at the same time, I understand as hard as it may be, in his eyes, he is no longer suffering and no longer in pain. My memory or photo with him that I can share..the 1st time (or was it the 2nd time-lol) he came over to see his brother Thomas Graves (my dad) and me in the middle. Me being in the middle of these 2 Graves brothers, was a priceless moment for me....They have "rich" history, with stories they could tell for days and days on how they grew up and how much they loved cars. I guess I took a page out of their book cause I'm always making sure the cars I have, are well taken care of as they did their. To the family, my prayers are all for you. Rownite, Annette, Bryant, and Tammy - still be strong for him as knowing him, now looking down on us - he is probably sayin, "I'm okay as I'm home again with no pain..no pain indeed". Condolences to the family and love all of yall.
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