Won seven regional championships in 20-year stint with Yellowjackets
Robert Graves, who coached the Central High School boys basketball team to a pair of state championships, died Wednesday. He was 79.
Shelby Lockhart, Graves’ granddaughter, said Robert Graves was battling Parkinson’s disease and suffered a stroke Sunday. She said he died at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday at Jewish Hospital.
Graves posted a 445-116 record and won seven Sixth Region championships in 20 seasons at Central from 1965-1985.
His 1968-69 team – led by Ron King – finished 35-1 after beating Ohio County 101-72 in the state final and is considered among the best squads in state history. His 1973-74 team – led by Bob Miller and Glenn Thomas – was 33-1 and knocked off Male 59-54 in the state final. That Male squad included Darrell Griffith and Bobby Turner.
“Any win is a highlight, but those were memorable years winning those prestigious awards,” said Gail Graves, Robert’s wife of 47 years.
Robert Graves graduated from Central High School in 1956 and went on to play basketball at Kentucky State University. Gail Graves said her husband retired from teaching in 1991 and “enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, barbecuing and anything (University of Kentucky).”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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