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Doris Graves

May 18, 1945 — November 5, 2023

Doris Jean (Barto) Graves of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, November 5, 2023 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Doris was born May 18, 1945 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Walter Beckhold and Elsie (Brooks) Barto. At the young age of 5 Doris was adopted by Ernest Steve Barto. She was 78 years old. Doris was an instrumental element and long time member of Evening Shade Baptist Church near Waldron. She later was attending Harvest Church in Waldron.


Doris was a talented musician. She was exceptional in playing many different instruments well. Everything from the organ and accordion to the auto harp as well as singing. She also had many interest and hobbies including fishing, 4-wheeling and shooting. Doris was notorious for her leatherwork and sewing abilities. Doris had a fashion sense of her own and took pride in everything she did. However, nothing pleased her more than spending time with her family making treasured memories.


Doris leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Melissa Graves Sneed of Shawnee, Oklahoma and husband Bobby, one son Robert Graves and wife Kara of Waldron, Arkansas and sisters Barbara Russell and husband John of Waldron, Arkansas and Dorothy Bartuska and husband David of Pennsylvania and one sister in law Tammy Becktold of Pennsylvania. Grandma will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Tyler graves and fiance' Elizabeth, Kalie Graves and wife Kimberlee Barber Graves, Scotlyn Shelton, Ryan Butterworth, Aaron Butterworth and Nicholas Butterworth and one great granddaughter Paislee Barber.  She leaves a legacy of fun and love with her nieces and nephews: Bridgett Oliver (Cecil), Tanya Bennett, Stephen Barto, Roberta Kay Couch, Steven Herring, Patti Becktold, Richie Becktold, Angela Miller and David Bartuska and great nephews Lane Black and Ethan Vincent. Doris will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of friends, neighbors and loved ones.


Doris was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Graves, her parents, Elsie Barto and Steve Barto and Walter Becktold as well as her siblings: Dwayne Barto and Richard Becktold and one nephew Seth Steven Thompson.


Doris' celebration of life will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Harvest Church in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Bill Harwell officiating. Interment will follow in the Square Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.


Doris' visitation will be Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas.


Doris' pallbearers will be Bobby Sneed, Carl Long, Cecil Oliver, Tyler Graves, Emmett Jones and JD Woodcock.



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