Estle Jennings Graves was born in Sharps Chapel on September 12, 1898. He was the son of Henry Morgan Graves and Nancy Malinda Miller and was from a very large family.
He was married to Lena Rivers in Norfolk, Virginia.
Estle enlisted in the United States Navy on March 13, 1937 in Norfolk, Virginia and was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise CV-6 in May 1938. He served on the Enterprise as a Chief Electricians Mate for over four years before he was killed in action in the battle of the Eastern Solomons on August 24, 1942. He was a plank owner aboard the USS Enterprise which is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission.
Estle J. Graves was buried at sea and is memorialized at Fort William Mckinley, Manila, The Philippines.