In Loving Memory
June 20, 1957 – October, 4, 2014
Susan Kay Graves, 57, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at her home in Brewton, AL, surrounded by family and friends. Ms. Graves was born at Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA. She graduated Valedictorian of her class from Flomaton High School, and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Physics. She began her professional career in Panama City, FL, working for the Civil Service at (NCSC) Naval Coastal System Center as an Electronics Engineer. Her career afforded her the opportunity to develop SOX lighting for 16 classes of Navy ships, study at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and work as a Systems Analyst at The Pentagon in Washington D.C. After retiring from the Civil Service, Ms. Graves dedicated her time and talents to her spiritual life and community, and became an ordained Minister working, teaching and growing with her Unity Church family of Panama City, FL.
Ms. Graves returned to Brewton in 1999, re-opening the convenience store her father and mother, Sam and Clara, had opened in 1965. The hope was that Susan’s Pantry would restore some of the convenience and community spirit the country grocery had once provided by serving the communities of Foshee, Pineview, Hammac, and Wildfork Road. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sanford and Clara Graves.
Survivors include her life partner, Janet Beall of Brewton; Brothers: Sanford Graves Jr. of California; William (Agnes) Graves of Texas; Sister, Rebecca (Tommy) Blackmon of Auburn; and multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Brewton, AL, with the Rev. Rob Dixon officiating.
Unity Church of Panama City Florida will also provide a service at a later date. Contact information for the date and time will be available by calling Unity Church at 850.769.7481. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.