William Griffin "Griff" Graves

December 4, 2013 

William Griffin "Griff" Graves

Griff Graves passed away suddenly Saturday morning, November 23rd at UNC Memorial Hospital. 

Originally from Burlington, North Carolina, Griff was the son of William Griffin Graves, II and Mary Brownell Graves of Pawleys Island, South Carolina.  He attended Phillips Exeter Academy graduating in 1968, the University of North Carolina where he received a BS degree in Chemistry in 1972 and the Wake Forest University School of Law graduating in 1976.

Griff was a highly respected partner at Higgins, Frankstone, Graves & Morris, PA law firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was an active member of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club volunteering his time and showing his love for the town and people of Chapel Hill. He was a past president of Chapel Hill Country Club where he enjoyed many afternoons and weekends on the golf course with his sons and friends. One of his favorite pastimes was watching the North Carolina Tar Heels play, no matter the sport. He loved boating and spent many long afternoons on Jordan Lake with family and friends. He coached football and basketball for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Parks & Recreation Departments where he guided his teams to numerous championships. In doing so, he touched the lives of many young people and families in the Chapel Hill community. Known to his players as “Coach,” Griff continued to inspire his former players long after his last game. He was a generous and trusted man, loyal friend, devoted son, loving husband and remarkable father.

Griff is survived by his wife, Karen Landry Graves originally of Lewiston, Maine. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Griffin Graves, II, his sons, Scott C. Graves and Mark L. Graves (Christy), as well as his brother, Jeffrey B. Graves (Mary) and his sister, Katherine Graves Clark (Vic).

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, December 8th between 1:00pm and 4:00pm at the Chapel Hill Country Club.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Griff's honor to Carolina Donor Services and the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department.

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