James Merritt Graves
1940 — 2021
Graves, James Merritt, age 80, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died March 16, 2021. Merritt was born in Seminole, OK and was the son of the late, James Herman Graves and Gladys Elaine Merritt Graves. He grew up in the east Texas oil field of Joinerville. Merritt graduated from Gaston High School. He went on to earn his BS degree from Stephen F. Austin College in Nacoqdoches, TX, his Master's degree from Whitter College in Whitter, CA and his PhD from Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Merritt taught school in California, Texas and Tennessee. In Tennessee, he taught at Apollo, Murrell Special School, Glencliff High School and Peabody College. Merritt retired from teaching in 2002. He was a CHYAA...