Frank E. Gravatt, a resident of Avalon Springs Nursing Center, Mercer (Coolsprings Township), formerly of Clarks Mills and Sandy Lake, passed away at 3:53 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Avalon Springs Nursing Center. He was 88.
Frank was born on April 21, 1925, in Hadley, a son of the late Jesse James and Edith (Walker) Gravatt. On Jan. 9, 1945, he married the former Mary E. White, who preceded him in death on April 25, 2009.
Frank had been employed by the Hodge Foundry, Greenville, having retired after 33 years of service. He also owned and operated Gravatt Sales and Service in Clarks Mill and later at Sandy Lake where he sold and serviced small engine equipment.
He was a member of the Lake Lodge 434 Free and Accepted Masons, Sandy Lake and the New Castle Consistory. Frank also was a member of Sandy Lake Alliance Church.
During World War II, he had enlisted and served with the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by a daughter, Karen Sopher and her husband, Alan, of Alamogordo, N.M.; three granddaughters, Morgan Sasse of Alamogordo, Kelly Corbin and her husband, Ryan, of Owensboro, Ky., and Stephanie Parton and her husband, Rob, of Grove City; two great-grandsons, Hunter Alan Corbin of Owensboro and Nathan Alan Parton of Grove City; and a sister-in-law, Darlene E. Howard and her husband, Warren, of Beaver Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Verla Mae Loper.
The funeral and committal service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville, with Pastor Pat Confer of Sandy Lake Alliance Church officiating.
Cremation has been selected as disposition with inurnment to be in Perry Chapel Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., and are invited to share memories and condolences online at robertsnyderfuneralhome.com.