It is with regret that Higgins Funeral Home announces the passing of Mr. Robert Calvin Gracy, age 91, of Fayetteville, TN.
Robert was born on November 14, 1927 in Blanche, TN to the late John Page and Mary Pearl Dale Gracy. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Marine Biologist for NOAA. After college, Robert and his brother, Jim, owned and operated the Gracy Brothers Ice Cream Company. Mr. Gracy served as an elder and deacon with the Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a deacon with the First Presbyterian Church in Pascagoula, MS. After retirement, Mr. Gracy was an avid fisherman and hunter, and a mentor to many bee keepers in the South. He was the 2013 Elk Valley Bee Keeper of the Year and a member of the American Bee Keepers Association, the Tennessee Bee Keepers Association, Elk Valley Bee Keepers Association, and former member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club. Mr. Gracy passed away on February 13, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Sullenberger Gracy; daughters, Carolyn (Daniel Almers) Gracy, Sara (Darryl) Rector, Margaret Gracy, and Lance Gracy all of Fayetteville, TN; grandchildren, Ann (Dusty) Reynolds, Chad Rector, Jeffrey Rector, Margaret (Sam) Arbothnot, Brandi Rector, Shayla Rector, and Lela Gracy; step-grandchildren, Melissa (David) Penrod, Dana (Troy) Kicklighter, James (Lindsey) Rector, and Jessica Rector; fourteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Cathrine Gracy; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brothers, John Dale Gracy and his wife Anita, and James Page Gracy, Sr.; and infant sister, Velmer Jean.
The family invites you to a life celebration at 1 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Fayetteville ARP Church with Rev. Philip Bunch and Dr. R. Leslie Holmes, Provost of Erskine Seminary, officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 11 AM until 1 PM on Saturday. A private burial service will be held at the Prosperity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fayetteville ARP Church Music Fund, 1720 Huntsville Hwy, Fayetteville, TN 37334 or a charity of your choice.