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Aide was Ky. 'go-to guy'

Edwin C. Graves, former Washington lobbyist and press secretary for U.S. Sen. Walter "Dee" Huddleston, has died. He was 64.

An Alabama native, Mr. Graves was a newspaper reporter before going to work for U.S. Sen. John Sparkman, D-Alabama, in 1971. From 1973 to 1985, he was a press secretary and congressional aide for Huddleston, a Democrat from Elizabethtown.

Former journalist and Comment on Kentucky moderator Al Smith said in an e-mail that Mr. Graves was known all over Kentucky as the "go-to guy" for Huddleston when he was in the senate.

Huddleston said Graves was a quick study who learned Kentucky.

"Anybody who knew him, knows he really became, I think, a Kentuckian," Huddleston said. "He was so interested in knowing everything about Kentucky that I think he had probably as many friends if not more in Kentucky than in his home state. He was just an outstanding fellow."

Mr. Graves later worked for government consulting firms and then formed his own company, Ed Graves and Associates, which lobbied for Caribbean sugar growers and Azerbaijan.

Mr. Graves is survived by his wife of 41 years, Virginia Hodges Graves, and two daughters.

A funeral was held for Mr. Graves, who lived in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He died Oct. 9 of pneumonia and lymphoma.