The Obit For Dub Graves

W. 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 1952.

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 that time.

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, N.M.