Fallen Hero: SGM(Ret.) Ronald “Ron” B. Graves


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Chancellor Funeral Home


Saturday, February 12th, Chancellor Funeral Home
Florence, MS, 9-11 am


Saturday, February 12th, Chancellor Funeral Home
Florence, MS, 12 am


It is with great sadness that we report that SGM(Ret.) Ron Graves passed this morning and is reunited with his beloved Mae in the presence of our Lord. Listed below is our tribute to him. However further details, a complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be provided as soon as possible. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.


Ronald Bennett Graves passed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was 73 years old. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, February 12th from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence. A Graveside Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Garden of Memories in Florence.
Ron was born July 24, 1948 in Weatherford, TX to the late George and Murl Graves. He loved the Lord and previously served as Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. He was the most giving and loving person, whether he knew you or not. His door was always open and would do anything for anybody. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army National Guard, retiring as a Command SGT Major. He loved his country and was a military man thru and thru. He was a history buff who especially loved military and Civil War era history.
Along with his parents, Ron was also preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Mae Graves; and his brother, Donald Graves. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Chani) Graves of Sulphur Springs, TX, Ronald (Rita) Graves of Houston, TX, Ryan (Angie) Graves of Waxahachie, TX, Stephen (Kim) Graves of Angelton, TX, T.J. Hall of Richland, MS and David Hall of Byram, MS; brother, Thomas (Kim) Graves of Gulfport, MS; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 10, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SGM(Ret) Ron Graves, age 72, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard, who had served within the 2nd Battalion 20th Special Forces, HQ STARC and worked full-time within the AGO G3 has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.