JW Loved His Sports Car, Test Driving for Speed--Obit

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  • blondie
    Volney "Gene" Graven
    August 08, 2003
    Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 456-8823.
    TAHLEQUAH -- Memorial services for Volney Eugene Graven, 60, of Tahlequah, are 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at the Hart Funeral Home Chapel, with Dave Clark officiating.
    Volney Eugene "Gene" Graven was born to Volney Elsworth and Darlene (Osborne) Graven on Aug. 6, 1942, in Wichita, Kan., and passed away Aug. 3, 2003, in Tahlequah.
    Gene graduated from East High School in Wichita, Kan., where he later married Connie Rae Frizzell on May 29, 1965. They moved from Guthrie to Tahlequah in 1973.
    Gene opened his own car dealership, known to all as Gene's Auto Mart. Gene loved sports cars and test driving for speed. He was of the Jehovah's Witness faith, where he loved serving and working for his church. He played racquetball and loved to snow ski. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and his many friends.
    Gene was preceded in death by both beloved grandparents.
    Gene is survived by his wife, Connie of the home; two children, Niccoli Riley and husband John of Austin, Texas, and Brianna Arnold of Tulsa; his parents; three brothers, Darryl Graven and wife Bobbi of Independence, Kan., Rod Graven and wife Karen of Edmond, and Dan Graven and wife Diana of Oklahoma City; one grandchild, Beau Colvin of Austin, Texas; many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

    ©Tahlequah Daily Press 2003


  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas


    Tuesday Police Beat
    August 06, 2003

    August 5 police beat

    The death of a Tahlequah used car dealer Sunday is believed to be a suicide.

    Volney Eugene Graven, 60, is believed to have died from carbon monoxide. Police reports state the medical examiner's office told police to allow the body to be taken to a funeral home.
    Graven was found Sunday on the floor of his garage. A black Ford Mustang was parked inside with its engine running.

  • blondie

    What an expanded view, Nathan. Too bad. Evidently, he couldn't see the paradise he was in now. I have been to 3 JW suicide funerals in the last 2 years. All young people with both parents JW (fathers elders or MS). I personally think JWs feel than cannot ask for help and who would they ask.


  • minimus

    I do believe that suicide is the only option for some Witnesses. How sad.....The whole "support" system stinks!!!!!!

  • Special K
    Special K

    I in contrast, don't believe that suicide is an option for some Witnesses.

    I never think that suicide is an option for a J.W. witness..

    I not sure why you would say such a thing , minimus..

    I find that statement not really supportive of ones on the forum who may be contemplating this idea...

    Maybe I misunderstood what you wrote.. and you may have to re-write that one.

    Special K

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    While many JW suicides may be among the young, there are also those older JWs who realize that their imaginary paradise is not going to save them from the slings and arrows of old age.

    Gene Graven was 60 when he ended his life.

  • rocketman

    Sad story!

  • Prudence
    Sad story!

    Yes,very. Prudence

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