Betty "Penny" Graves PDF Print E-mail

Betty L. “Penny” Burkhalter Graves, 86, of Newberry, widow of Leon D. Graves, died Monday, December 7, 2009, at J. F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

Born on September 15, 1923, in Gordo, AL, she was a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Bobbie Ballard Burkhalter.  She was retired from Whitten Center and was a former member of Central United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Graves was an avid bridge player and a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are sons, Leon E. (Dagmar) Graves of Germany, Stephen C. (Sandra) Graves of Newberry and Craig A. (Deborah) Graves of Tuscaloosa, AL; her twin brother, Boyce Burkhalter of OK; four grandchildren, Eric Graves, Brad Graves, Audrey Ryan and Houston Graves.  Mrs. Graves was predeceased by a sister, Wynona Christian and brothers, Stewart, Homer, Wilburn, Norman and Murray Burkhalter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Woody Wiggins. Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery in North Port, AL.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3225 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169.

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#2 Guest 2009-12-08 12:33
Steve - I am sorry to hear about your Mother. I did not realize she was back living here instead of Alabama. I have fond memories of her friendship with my aunt and uncle Doris and Massey Holland (way back in the 50's.)

I apologize for not welcoming you to the neighborhood yet, but sure do admire your beautiful yard when I pass by.

Again, I am sorry to hear about your Mother's passing and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Y-Genia Crossland
1415 Dave Dr
Newberry SC 29108
#1 Guest 2009-12-08 11:30
Steve and Sandra,
I have been thinking of you and your family this week. "Miss" Penny was a wonderful lady and I am glad that she was able to call Springfield Place her home for the last few years. You all have been wonderful family members to her and you should be very proud of the support you gave her. Sandra, you were a wonderful daughter-in-law and I pray that I will be as supportive and loving as you. We will miss you all but you are not far away. Keep in touch.