Cornelia Ann Bush Graves

Cornelia Ann Bush Graves, 80, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

She was born October 7, 1938 in Fernandina to the late James M. and Emma C. (Cauthen) Bush.

She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1956 and then attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C., where she graduated in the class of 1959. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Nassau County.

Mrs. Graves was a longtime member of the Yulee United Methodist Church and was also a member of the teacher’s Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.

She leaves behind her husband, Joseph L. Graves of Fernandina Beach; her sons, J. Neil (Bebe) Graves of Huntsville, Ala., Bobby (Pam) Graves of Fernandina Beach, and John (Tambi) Graves of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Jimmy (Kay) Bush; six grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Yulee United Methodist Church. The family received friends 5-7 p.m. Monday evening, June 10, 2019. She was laid to rest in Hughes Cemetery in Yulee, Fla.

Memorials may be made in her memory to the Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

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