Charles C. Graves

Aug 5th, 1925 - Aug 2nd, 2018


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018 12 pm - 2 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018 2 pm


Odd Fellows Cemetery

Sun, Aug. 5th, 2018

Charles C. Graves

Charles C. Graves, 92, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Charles was born August 5, 1925 on the family farm in Williamson County the son of McKinley and Lula (Angel) Graves. He married Imogene Roper on July 17, 1946 in Morganfield, Kentucky and in July they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

He attended Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard. Charles was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA.  He was an avid gardener, and  loved that he was able to share what he grew with his neighbors, especially his  sweet potatoes.  In later years he was an avid mall walker, enjoying traveling and Mr. Fix-it in his neighborhood.

Charles was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his;

Wife – Imogene Graves of Crab Orchard

Daughter – Shirley (William “Butch”) Butler of Crab Orchard

Daughter – Gayla (Keith) Johns of Marion


Vicki (Robert) Odum of Anna

Michael Butler of Crab Orchard

Justin Johns of Schaumburg

Jamie (Ben) Ragan of Carterville

Great Grandchildren;

Zachary and Andrew Odum of Anna

Ginna, Gracie and Taylor Ragan of Carterville

Sister – Velma (Mel) Lynn of Marion

Sister-in-law – Colleen (Charlie) Brown of Carbondale

Several nieces and nephews

Preceded by his Parents, Brothers – Kenneth, James, Sam, Leroy and Johnny Graves, father-in-law and mother-in-law – Roy and Helen Roper.

Funeral services will be Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Cutsinger officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from Noon until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  62959.



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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Stanley Hughes

    From: Elwood, Indiana

    Date: August 3, 2018

    So sorry for your lost. You all are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Guest: G. Curtis Randolph

    From: Louisville , Kentucky

    Date: August 3, 2018

    Love and prayers to the family in the coming days.

  • Guest: David Myers

    From: Crab Orchard, Illinois

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Charles will be missed. He was a great neighbor and an even better man. I remember a few years back, it was late in the gardening season and my tomatoes were already done and I had pulled the plants but I wanted to make homemade relish ( my great grandma’s recipe) I walked across the road to ask Charles if I could buy a few tomatoes from him and he said ” I’ve never sold a tomato in my life and I’m not going to start now” so he told me to get what I needed and I won’t charge you for them. I made my relish and when it was done, I took him a jar to show my gratitude. He was the definition of what a neighbor should be. Condolences from the Myers family

  • Guest: David W. Jent

    From: Phoenix, Arizona

    Date: August 4, 2018

    Imogene; Shirley & Butch; Gayla & Keith; Grandchildren & Family:

    Charles was a man with a heart of love and compassion for his Savior, Family and friends. I have wonderful memories of his gentle spirit and the love that he mastered with his soul-mate Imogene and then instilling those same elements of love and character into his daughters and their families.

    The memories I ascertained as a child by the mentorship and spiritual guidance that Imogene and Charles provided to the children and youth of Center Baptist Church were pivotal building blocks of my own personal foundation to life. Even with the elements of time and the void of interactions in this journey known as life, when conversations or thoughts turn to this family, my heart is warmed, and a joy is expressed.

    Ironically, when our mother shared the news last evening via email, I relayed that I had just the evening before, experienced a time of reflection where I literally played through my thoughts and had literally named Imogene, Charles, Butch & Shirley and Keith & Gayla among others from memories of my childhood spiritual beginnings at Center Baptist.

    May your time of sorrow be comforted with joy knowing that Charles is standing at the Throne! Keeping your wonderful memories close and knowing the sheer joy you all brought to him, shall make this time of sorrow soften with time.