Prentice Randal Graves

June 8, 1984 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 36)

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Yanceyville, NC - If I can help somebody as I travel along the way…

Prentice, in his own unique way personified a true willingness to help others.

Prentice Randal Graves, 36 years old, was born on June 8th 1984 to the union of Kenneth and Virginia Garland Graves. He joined his older brother, Kent Nicolas in the Graves family, and developed an inseparable brotherly bond. He departed this life suddenly on Friday, July 31st, 2020 in Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Prentice was baptized in 1994. He became a member of Bible Way Cathedral in Danville, Virginia, where he sang in the Young Adult Choir.

Prentice attended Bartlett Yancey High School. Where he played football in 2000 and received an award for dedication and hard work.  After his graduation from Bartlett Yancey in 2002, he continued his education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Construction Management in 2007.

Prentice worked for the Highway Department in Greensboro for several years, before becoming a train conductor for eight years for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Prentice loved being outdoors. Prentice enjoyed hunting deer, fishing, grading and clearing land, cutting down trees, trimming trees, cutting wood, mowing grass and all other tasks in reference to the outdoors.

Prentice was often seen walking in the yard and on the land looking around to see what needed to be cleared, fixed, cut, repaired, and moved away.

Prentice was an amazing son. Prentice told his dad he loved to work. Prentice was a hard worker. He worked entirely too hard. Prentice wanted to help his family and he did all the time. He was a humble son, kind, loyal, dependable, caring, and dedicated to work and helping his family and the people in the community, if he could.

Prentice will be missed tremendously. We all love Prentice. Prentice was truly a special son. He was his mother’s youngest son and cared for his mother, as the best sons do for their mothers. He watched over her and protected her. We will sorely miss Prentice, every minute of the day, but God is our all and all, and we will continue to believe and trust God.

Prentice was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents, Reverend Thomas Graves and Mrs. Annie Watlington Graves; and maternal grandfather, Mr. Earl Garland.

God looked upon Prentice and requested his company. Prentice leaves to cherish his memory: a son, Sterling Graves, of Danville, VA; parents, Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Virginia Graves, of Yanceyville, NC; a brother Kent Graves, of Deltona, FL; a sister Katie White, of Burlington, NC; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Garland of Yanceyville, NC; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Due to the constraints of public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak a viewing will be held on Tuesday, August, 04, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home with a limit of 10 people at a time.  (Per CDC Guidelines:  Facial Masks are required).

Funeral Service will be Wednesday, August 05, 2020 12:00 noon in the Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home (Also Live-Streaming).


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Order of Service for Prentice Randall Graves

  1. Order of Service...Betty Wallace
  2. Officiating The Call to Worship Music “My Soul is Anchored”...Douglas Miller
  3. The Reading of the Word Old Testament Ecclesiastes 3:1-8...Julia Graves Pastor New Vision of Life Christian Center Church Burlington, NC
  4. New Testament Romans Chapter 8...Sis. Brenda Buchannan Loyal Baptist Church Danville, VA
  5. The Prayer of Comfort...Reverend Alexander Graves Associate Pastor Graves Chapel Baptist Church Yanceyville, NC
  6. Music “You Know My Name”...Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  7. The Acknowledgements & Tribute to Prentice...Betty Wallace
  8. Family Tribute...Asenith Enoch
  9. The Recognition of Clergy Stand and Say Your Name & The Church where you are Shepherd
  10. The Reflections Please limit to 2 minutes
  11. The Eulogy...Dr. Emmett S. Young III Pastor Loyal Baptist Church Danville, VA
  12. The Recessional Funeral Director In Charge                                                            

Interment will follow in the Blackwell Baptist Church Cemetery.

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August 4, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home
219 Dillard School Dr.
Yanceyville, NC, NC 27379

August 5, 2020

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home
219 Dillard School Dr.
Yanceyville, NC, NC 27379

Funeral Service
August 5, 2020

12:00 PM
Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home
219 Dillard School Dr.
Yanceyville, NC, NC 27379

Interment following funeral service
August 5, 2020

Blackwell Baptist Church Cemetery
4777 US Hwy. 158 W.
Yanceyville, NC 27379

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