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Celebrating the life of

Michael Wyatt Graves

November 16, 1943 - March 04, 2024

Michael Wyatt Graves

Lt. Col. Michael Wyatt Graves, 80, passed away on March 4 at Spanish Oaks Hospice in Savannah.
Michael was born in Savannah in 1943 to Carolyn Oliver Graves and William Scott Graves. Michael graduated in 1961 from Savannah High School, where he was president of the student council. He went on to the University of Georgia, serving as president of his fraternity, Chi Phi, and graduating in 1966.

After college, Michael joined the Georgia Air National Guard and spent the next 22 years traveling the world as a flight navigator. Following his retirement in 1987, Michael went to work for Gray Line, entertaining and educating many of Savannah’s visitors with his wealth of knowledge about his beloved city. Michael was a loving and generous man who never hesitated to share his time and gifts with others.

Michael is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Kay Williams Graves; his cherished daughter, April Hua Qiao Graves of Fremont, Ca.; his brother, James G. “Bugsy” Graves of Columbia, S.C.; his nephew, Jeremy Graves of Charleston, S.C.; and his precious pups, Mei-Mei and Pattycake.

The family will receive visitors at Fox and Weeks on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. with private interment on March 8 at Bonaventure Cemetery. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to Hospice Savannah.



I am so sorry read that Michael passed away. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

- Jay Hall, Savannah, Georgia

Bugsy and family, we just saw Michael's obit and are really sorry of his passing. I remember Michael from Savannah High and many other times. He was quite a person. Please know that all the family are in our prayers.

- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Pembroke, George

My deepest sympathy to you and your family Bugsy.

- Pamela Purvis Macchio, Ellabell, Ga

My condolences to all of Michael's family. Charles Goldsmith Savannah High Class of 1961

- Charles Goldsmith, Sandy Springs, GA

Bugsy, I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

- Evelyn Steadwell Temple, Lexington , S.C.

I am so sorry to read this - my thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family.

- Ann Edenfield Lemley, Savannah, GA

Bugsy, I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

- Connie DuFour Crosby, Greenville, SC

Busy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all with strength, comfort, and peace now and forever.✝️

- Jan Daniel Crawford , Va. Beach, VA

Dear Bugsy, I was stunned to find out about Michael. My next door neighbor, Simona Perry, gave me the sad news the day after the visitation. Had I known earlier, I certainly would have been there. After so many years of living across Liberty Street from y'all, I only got to know Michael when he came to work at Grey Line. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with my long-ago neighbor after so many years. Michael was terribly bright and really knew his facts about our amazing city of Savannah. I am truly sorry about Michael. P.S. If I had known your address, I would have written a "proper" note. With sincere sympathy, Loretto

- Loretto Lominack, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

I am so sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Graves. I rented from Mr. and Mrs. Graves when I moved to Savannah over 30 years ago. Mr. Graves always enjoyed sharing stories about Savannah, which I still recall. I remember with fondness his joy when they brought April home. Even when I bought my own home, I still ran into the Graves from time to time - Mr. Graves walking the dogs, walking arm and arm down Abercorn with Kay, or playing with April on the playground - even the family shopping together at Publix 12 Oaks. It was always wonderful to see them even in passing and catch up, however short our time was. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed. I send heartfelt condolences and prayers to Kay, Alice, and the Graves family.

- Trumbull Family, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held