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William Crayton Grant

December 14, 1928 ~ February 17, 2021 (age 92)




William Crayton “Bill” Grant of Forest City died Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the age of 92.  Formerly of Allendale Drive, he was a resident of Fairhaven Home of Forest City. 

Bill as he was known, was born on December 14, 1928 in Rutherford County and he was a son of the late John Crayton Grant and Sarah Robertson Grant.  He worked most of his career at PPG Industries in Shelby where he retired. 

Bill faithfully attended the First Baptist Church of Forest City where he served as a Deacon, former teacher of the Adult Men’s Bible Class, and was active in the Baptist Men having served as its President.  He served on various committees within the church and was an Usher for many years as well as singing in the Senior Adult Chapel Choir until his health no longer allowed him to attend.

Bill was most proud of earning his high school diploma from ICC and the age of 89. He was known on campus as an encouragement to the younger students. 

He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Sue Champion Grant who died in 2002. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Max Grant.

Survivors include his daughter, June B. Childers and husband Keith of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, his sister, Peggy G. Hardin of Rutherfordton, grandsons, Tyler Childers and wife Sara of Boiling Springs, and their children, Vivian and Grant who affectionately called him Great Pop, and Kyle Childers of Mooresboro, as well as his nephew, Jeff Grant, nieces, Janice Robbins and Ann Haynes and his dear friend and companion, Joyce Matheny.

A memorial service will be held at 11 o’clock on Monday, February 22, 2021 in The Padgett and King Chapel with Reverend Dr. Garin Hill officiating.  Private interment of his ashes will be in the Cool Springs Cemetery.  No formal visitation is planned. 

Memorials may be made to New Century Scholars, c/o Isothermal Community College, 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, North Carolina 28160.

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