Anath "Dub" Graves
(1928 - 2012)
Published in Star-Telegram
on January 18, 2012
Coach Graves departed
this life to join God's huddle on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, after a brief
battle with cancer.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church.
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Dub was born in Fort Worth to Jessie Lee Slaughter Graves and W.A. Graves
on Oct. 8, 1928. The oldest of three siblings, little Dubbie found his
passion in sports at an early age. Blessed with a little bit of skill
and a whole lot of determination, Dubbie found his way from the Polytechnic
High gridiron to the starting roster of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in
the Missouri Valley Conference.
While lettering in football and baseball at Tulsa University, Dub set
out on a path to make teaching and coaching his career. However, before
giving up his playing days, Dub enlisted in the Air Force and went straight
onto the Carswell Air Force Base national championship football team of
After serving his country by returning punts, and an honorable discharge,
Dub joined the 1953 Amarillo Gold Sox minor league baseball team in the
Texas New Mexico League. After three seasons and six teams of semi-pro
baseball and bologna sandwiches, he finally pursued his career goal by
joining the Fort Worth ISD as a history teacher and coach at Trimble Tech
High School in 1955.
After a brief stint in Hawaii pursuing his master's degree and more college
football, Dub returned to coaching in 1961 at Eastern Hills High School.
His turquoise Ford Thunderbird convertible was the envy of all the students.
He loved his four years at Eastern Hills as he made lifelong friends during
In 1966, Dub was recruited to join his dear friend at the Educational
Employees Credit Union, where he would spend the next 25 years as the
public relations director helping grow that organization from a few hundred
members to many thousands.
Over the years, Dub imparted his love of football and baseball to hundreds
of high school athletes as well as young children through his coaching
and volunteering. His passion for sports was also his passion for life
as he spread his smile and jovial personality to every person he met.
Dub was most comfortable being the clown on stage making everyone laugh
with him. His heartfelt poems could make you laugh and cry all at the
same time. For the many, many people who knew Dub and his smile, we are
all saddened at his departing. But we are encouraged knowing that his
love for God was the light in his heart. His passion for his church was
a close second to his dedication to his wife of 47 years and his two sons.
Survivors: Dub is survived by his winsome wife, Diane; sons, Matthew and
Andrew Graves and his wife, Carolyn; grandchildren, Marshall, Parker,
Jennifer, Alexander and Lily Graves; brother, Carroll Graves and his wife,
Betty, of Burleson; and sister, Nancy Weaks and her husband, Don, of Albuquerque,