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William August "Oley" Draves
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Birth: May 12, 1912
Keith County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1994
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

William August Draves was the son of William A Draves (1877-1929) and Sylvia S Dunwoody (1884-1962).

He was an electrician, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 76, Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star and Shekinah Council No 24 Cryptic Masons.

His survivors include his wife, Katherine Draves of the home; three sons, David Draves, St. Louis; Dale Seffert, Wichita Falls, Texas and Leonard Draves, Blue Springs, Missouri; seven daughters, Patsy Graf, Fockford, Illinois; Barbara Long and Thresa Ray, both of Independence, Missouri; Barbara Jean Johnson, St. Louis, Missouri; Idamae Johnson, Curtiss, Wisconsin; Dianna Draves, Stover, Missouri; and Oladawn Thompson, Osborn, Missouri; a stepson Rick Everts, Casselberry, Florida; a stepdaughter, JoAnn Hall, Sellwood, Florida; a brother Edward Draves, Cedarredge, Colorado, a sister, Sylvia Benson, Nucla, Colorado; 31 grandchildren; 22 great grancchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

The first 30 messages from John the Baptist were delivered to Otto Fetting. After Fetting died in 1933, the messenger then came to William A. Draves.

On October 4, 1937, a young elder in the church, W. A. Draves of Nucla, Colorado, reported that John the Baptist began appearing to him. He is believed to have received ninety messages in total, until 1994 when he died as an old man. These 120 messages in all were compiled as The Word of the Lord Brought to Mankind by an Angel, and published by the church. The church also accepts the Bible and the Record of the Nephites as scripture, and awaits yet another revealed work which the angel is believed to have briefly shown to W. A. Draves during a visit in 1946.

The Articles of Faith and Practice, common to all these churches, including the Temple Lot group, remains unchanged because the first words ascribed to the angel were: "Don't change the Articles of Faith and Practice, because the Lord inspired the men that wrote them."

The foundation work for the temple remained unfinished for many years, and the hole was eventually filled in. The dimensions of the temple are presently marked by six engraved stones embedded in a grassy field next to the Church of Christ (Temple Lot). All of these churches believe the temple will be built within this generation.

William August Draves was married three times to these ladies:

Naomi Diefendorf
Ruby Jessie (Seffert) Draves.
Marjorie Marie Truitt October 12, 1969.

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: William August Draves
Age: 57
Birth Date: abt 1912
Marriage Date: 12 Oct 1969
Marriage Location: Independence, Jackson, Missouri
Marriage County: Lafayette
Spouse Name: Marjorie Marie Truitt
Spouse Age: 47
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1922
(Marriage only last for a few months and was annuled)

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name: Katherine Mae Everts
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 14 Jul 1975
Marriage Place: Fayette, Tennessee, USA
Spouse: William August Draves

Social Security Death Index
Name: William A. Draves
SSN: 523-14-8597
Last Residence: 64051 Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States of America
Born: 12 May 1912
Died: 27 Jun 1994
State (Year) SSN issued: Colorado (Before 1951)

Words of W. A. Draves concerning the 31st message:

A messenger of the Lord came to me at my home, Nucla,
Colorado, Monday morning, October 4, 1937. Sunday
night, after coming home from church, I retired with earnest
prayer from my heart, asking God for direction and that I
might live to please Him. I also thanked Him greatly for the
blessings I had received.

I had awakened several times in the night and went back to
sleep praying. I awakened with a start, hearing footsteps on the ground floor. I raised up in bed and looking toward the staircase I noticed a light coming or beginning to shine up the stairway. I was somewhat astonished to think someone would be walking in my house, when I knew I had locked the doors. Immediately I saw it was a man dressed in a white robe, and with no light in his hand as I had supposed.

A light seemed to radiate from him, lighting the whole
room, while immediately around him it was much brighter.
His beard was radiant, his eyes which shone like neon light, though piercing and bright, were gentle and pleasant, his looks kind. I was somewhat afraid, but his smile helped to drive away my fear. I thought perhaps it may be an angel of God.

When he appeared on the top stair he seemed to float
quickly to my bedside, I trembled and pulled the covers to
my chest while sitting up in bed. He smiled and began to
speak kindly. His tone was convincing and his voice
slightly heavier than that of an ordinary man. When he spoke I seemed to be lifted in space, yet I knew I
remained on the bed. Although this happened so very quickly, all fear had left me and I set my faculties to
give attention and listen carefully. (This was first reported as a dream or vision but later events proved it to be a reality.) He said: W.A. DRAVES.


Comments from Leonard Draves, son of W. A. Draves.

I found your site on my father. It is very nice and I do appreciate what you have done.

A couple of corrections. The name Seffert is spelled this way.

Also, dad was married to Marie Truitt for only a few months, she left and went back to the father of her four children so the marriage was annuled.

Then dad married Katherine Everts in July (?) of 1975. Katie died in 1994 also several months after dad. She was from Florida and had two children. Katherine was a member of the Church. Katie was buried in Florida where her first husband, deceased, and children lives The daughter's name is Jo Ann Hall. I cant remember the son's name, I think it was Rick. Thanks again.
Family links: 
  Wilhelm August Heirich Draves (1877 - 1929)
  Sylvia Stella Dunwoody Draves (1884 - 1962)
  Ruby Jessie Seffert Draves (1912 - 1968)
  Naomi Marie Diefendorf (Draves) Holsworth (1918 - 1974)
  Katherine Mae (Everts) Draves (1922 - 1994)*
  Daniel Thair Draves (1941 - 1942)*
  Leonard Hiram Jewel Draves (1949 - 2016)*
  Anna Amelia Draves Morgan (1908 - 1980)*
  George W Draves (1909 - 1975)*
  William August Draves (1912 - 1994)
  Sylvia L Draves Benson (1916 - 2006)*
  Lee A Draves (1919 - 1991)*
  Happy August Draves (1921 - 1954)*
  Joseph Benjamin Draves (1924 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem Cemetery
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Eldon Parker
Originally Created by: Roger Vick
Record added: Jul 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27966213
William August Oley Draves
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William August Oley Draves
Added by: Roger Vick
William August Oley Draves
Added by: Roger Vick
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I wish I had know you better, Dad.
- Barbara Draves Parker
 Added: May. 22, 2015
Rest in peace, Oley.
- Eldon Parker
 Added: May. 22, 2015

- Cynthia L. Ward
 Added: Jul. 28, 2009

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