Anthony Joe Graves was born on July 26, 1949 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Joseph and Dimple Graves.
He later moved to Salina, Kansas with his family and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he worked as an Electrical Technician until retirement. He also lived in Elgin, Illinois for a short period of time.
A Prince was truly born to the Hopkins-Graves family. Anthony was loved, adored, and spoiled by his mom and siblings, he was the youngest of his family.
Anthony had a gentle, loving spirit, quiet and full of kindness. Though he was a private person, he loved his family and friends dearly. His ‘happiest moments’ were, when at any given time he would surprisingly come in to a room where you were, catch you off guard, and take your picture. This gave him so much joy and excitement. He would just smile, laugh and then quietly turn and exit the room without a word. His smile illuminated the room. His smile was his way of showing his affection and approval of you.
Anthony lost his son Michael and it broke his heart. He was sorely missed in Anthony’s heart. Anthony Jr.’s fondest memory he spoke about was living in Chicago with his dad, fun times and spending time over at Grandma Graves house with his dad.
Anthony was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Graves; mother, Dimple Hopkins-Graves; two brothers, Rudolph Hopkins and Henry Lee Hopkins; sister, Sherron Ann Graves; and son, Michael Graves-Johnson.
He leaves to cherish and share his loving memories with, son, Anthony Jr. (Sandra) of Portland, Oregon; his brother, Bishop A.R. Hopkins, Sr. (Lottie) of Portland, Oregon; two sisters, Hazel Hopkins-Pierce of Salina, Kansas and Cleo Hopkins-Ramsey of Denton, Texas; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.
May the kindness and love in Anthony’s life be in our hearts forever.
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