Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1941

Marian Graves MARIAN EUGENE "GENE" GRAVES, JR., 88, of Fort Worth, TX passed away on Dec. 19, 2009, with burial in Granger, TX. Gene Graves was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Ranger, TX, one of five children of Marian Eugene & Lula Anna Hand Graves. He spent the early years of his life in the Acker Community in Stephens County, where he attended a one-room schoolhouse. Gene later attended high school in Ranger in the Class of 1941 and joined the U.S. Marines. He was medically discharged from the Marines in 1943 after being wounded in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Later he attended and graduated from Texas A&M University, obtaining a master's degree in agri- cultural education. Gene married Juanita Virginia Jones in 1946. Gene became a county extension agent and held positions in that capacity in Johnson, Grayson, Fannin, & finally Tarrant counties. During his career, Gene was named one of the 10 most outstanding county agents in the United States. He retired from the extension service in 1987 after 38 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and a 50-year member of Kiwanis International, as well as a 32nd- degree Freemason and 50-year member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Juanita Virginia Jones Graves, in 2004. Survivors: sister, Wanda Louise Graves Murphy (RHS-1944) and her husband, Bill, of Canyon Lake; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.