VERO BEACH - William C. “Boo” Graves IV, a Vero Beach citrus grower and real estate broker, died June 28 at the age of 61.
“Our deep condolences go out to the family of Boo Graves, one of our friends and 4-H Horsemasters supporters,” said a message posted July 2 on the Indian River County 4-H Facebook page. “We will always remember him for his friendliness and generosity and his loss will be felt deeply by our community for a very long time.”
Mr. Graves, a native Floridian, was a regular sponsor of the 4-H Horsemasters, including their Valentine show this past February to raise funds for Indian River County 4-H Horsemasters to compete in local, area, state, and national events.
Mr. Graves has been a real estate broker in Florida since 1982, and has been with CBC Saunders Real Estate since 2012, specializing in agricultural and farmland properties. Mr. Graves was also President of Tetley Groves, his family-owned citrus fruit business, where he worked since 1986.
In 1977, Boo Graves received a Bachelor of Science degree in citrus business from Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Mr. Graves held board positions with Indian River National Bank and the Indian River Citrus League, the Indian River County Agricultural Advisory Committee, and the Board of Supervisors of the Indian River Farms Water Control District.
According to CBC Saunders Real Estate’s website, Boo Graves worked with a mission in Tanzania, Africa, focusing on drilling fresh water wells. He was also involved with local homeless missions, and has been a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church in Vero Beach.