Carl W. "Budgie'"Graveley Jr.

NEWPORT NEWS - Carl W. "Budgie" Graveley Jr., 73, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004. A native of Beckley, W.Va., he had been a resident of Newport News since 1967. At the age of 14, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine serving on two convoys to Russia during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Carl was a member of Langley Christian Church where he served as an Elder, Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent, Secretary to the Elders and was a member of the Harvesters Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Bremond Masonic Lodge #241 AF & AM, the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 31 and the Moose Lodge #1711. He was lead singer in the 'Matinee Idlers' and a private aviator. Survivors include his wife, Melba D. Graveley; one daughter, Alison Graveley Hansen of Garland, Texas; son-in-law, Bruce A. Hansen; one stepson, Larry James Wood Jr. of Newport News; two sisters, Garnet Basta and her husband, Stanley, of Hertford, N.C., Betty Jane Gay of Gloucester; one brother, Donald Graveley and his wife, Elma, of Seaford; two grandsons, Aaron William Hansen, Stephen Paul Hansen; and many other friends and relatives who will greatly miss him. A Masonic Service will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a visitation until 8:30 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Langley Christian Church by the Rev. Matt Scott. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press on 1/26/2004.

There is little I can say about Carl that hasn't already been said. He was a man of great faith, integrity, courage, and wisdom. I will miss him. I know that he is flying in a way he only ever dreamed of before, and the chords he is singing now are truly "ringing" (the Barbershoppers will understand).
Bob Ackerman (Hampton, VA ) - January 28, 2004
Carl was an amazing inspiration and a wonderful source of warmth, cheer and happiness. We were blessed to have known him for the relatively short time we did. I know that I am a better man because I had the honor of having an example like Carl to look up to.
The Tom Jones Family (Hampton, VA )  - January 27, 2004
Carl, you were a true friend, and we will miss you very much. Melba, in your sorrow remember that that your loss is God's gain.... Carl, you promised to take me flying now you will just have to wait until I get my wings too.
Bob and Agnes Williams (Hampton, VA )  - January 27, 2004
I deeply regret that I never took the time to say thank you. I hope that you knew.
Cyndi Bawek (Milford, DE )  - January 27, 2004
I am saddened to lose a man who I admired and thought of as a friend. My prayers go out to Melba and the family as they deal with the feelings of losing a Husband and father. I take comfort in the fact that I will see Him again And we can worship our Lord together.
Levi Cichorz (Dublin) - January 27, 2004
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a man that I admired and I looked up to. My heart and prayers go out to Melba and family as they work through the emotions of losing a husband and father. I am comforted that I will one day again see Carl with our Lord around the throne. God bless and love from the Cichorz family.
Levi Cichorz (Dublin) - January 27, 2004
Carl was like a father to me, always knowing what to say and what not to say at the right time. I know he he is at peace now and will always watch over us.We will miss him greatly.
Carole Burk (Newport News, VA ) - January 27, 2004
I've been amazed by the friendships that Carl had, in our church, across generational lines. Kids from Children's Church, teens, young adults, and the rest of us knew and loved him. We knew he loved us as well. As a minister I knew I could count on his support for what was right, and he'd speak his mind about what wasn't. What a fine Christian man. He's already missed.
Matt Scott (Hampton, VA ) - January 27, 2004
It has been a blessing to have been a part of Carl's life. We will always remember him for his warm hugs and great laugh. His great faith in God and his wonderful show of love and affection to his wife Melba. We are going to miss him, but we know how much he loved to fly and now he has no boundaries
The Adam Wells Family (Hampton, VA ) - January 26, 2004
Gwen and Garnett, Sorry to hear about your uncle and brother. Our thoughts are with you.
Jim and Judy Harvell
Judy Harvell (Gloucester, VA ) - January 26, 2004
Carl will be greatly missed and we will be here for ANY little thing you need.
Anne Seawell (Newport News, VA )  - January 26, 2004
Love you, Dad.. see you in a lil while :) Alison
Alison Hansen (Garland, TX ) - January 26, 2004