Michael Keith Graves, 46, was born in Marvell Feb. 7, 1967 to Joyce Lee Sumpter and Clardy Lee Grays. He made his earthly transition on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.
His brother, Randy Merrill Morris, a sister, Dykesha Camilla Washpun, his maternal grandparents, Herscher Marion and Cleopatra Sumpter and paternal grandparents, Clifton “Sam” and Lucy Izola Graves preceded him in death.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Turkey Scratch. He sang in the choir as a youth.
Michael was a 1985 graduate of Marvell High School. He served in the Navy, where he met his former wife, Christina Graves. To this union, a daughter, Janae Graves was born. He and his family resided in Corpus Christi and Brownsville, Texas for years and later moved to California. He then moved back to Marvell and went to Phillips Community College where he obtained an associate's degree.
He was formerly employed with Cal Ark Trucking Co. based in Little Rock and with BPS in Helena.
Michael was a naturally gifted artist and enjoyed nature, dogs and horses. He was very outgoing, made friends easily, was outspoken and stood firm in his opinions. He was known for his use of acronyms and love of debate.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Joyce Lee Sumpter of Turkey Scratch and Clardy Lee Grays of Kalamazoo, Mich.; a daughter, Janae Graves of Huntsville, Ala.; four sisters, Beverly Gray of Little Rock, Vikki Sumpter of Turkey Scratch, Chaunteau and Wanda Grays of San Antonio, Texas; five brothers, Larry Washpun of Atlanta, Ga., Charles Washpun of Polock, La., Carl Washpun, Eugene and Kris Grays of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Michael Graves will be held 11a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Napoleon Gillespie will officiate the service. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Marvell. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in the Robert Lee Brown Memorial Chapel.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at: www. brownshomeforfuneralsinc.com.