On Friday afternoon October 3, 2014, God Almighty in His Providence called from laborers on earth to an everlasting home the soul of Houston W. Grant, Sr. We, the Grant family bow in humble submission of God, rejoicing that his life was well spent preparing for this leg of his journey.
Willie, as he was called, was born on August 7, 1929 in Sumter County, he is the son of the late Sippo “Sip” and Everlena Deas Grant.
Houston attended the public schools of Sumter County and was employed by Campbell Soup Company for 23 years, where he retired. He also was employed by White Amateur Company in Sumter. During his early years he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a member of Joshua Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer of the Senior Brotherhood and Gospel Choir. He was also a member of the Senior Missionary Ministry and the Trustees.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Lucille Blanding Grant and to this union nine children were born. He leaves to cherish precious memories: his loving and devoted wife of seventeen years, Corine Yates Grant of the home; five daughters, Mattie Montgomery, Clotell Way, Patricia Jefferson (William) of Sumter, Ethel Jones of Orangeburg, and Teresa Washington (Jerry) of Sumter; eight sons, Willie H. Grant, Jr. (Gladys) of Sumter, Donald Ray Grant of the home, Timothy Grant (Carbia) of Nashville, TN, Tallis Yates (Terry), Travis Yates, Tony Yates (Shantae), Harold Dawson, Roosevelt Nelson (Tracy), all of Rembert; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; five sisters, Mary Taylor, Elleree Wiley, both of Philadelphia, PA, Annie Mae Jackson (William) of Dalzell, Louise Moore of Sumter, Janice Stewart (Anthony) of California; two brothers, Leroy Grant of Columbia, and Cleveland Grant (Willie Lee) of Philadelphia, PA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends..
He was preceded in death by two children; four brothers, and one sister.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from the Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Eugene Dennis, Pastor, eulogist, the Rev. William “BJ” Jefferson, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Clifton Witherspoon, Rev. Anthony Taylor, Rev. R. L. Williams, and Rev. Ruth Robinson.
The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 4810 Live Oak Road, Dalzell.
A Wake services will be held 6:00 – 7:00 p. m., Tuesday, in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be Joshua Baptist Trustee wives and Nieces.
Pall bearers will be Joshua Baptist trustees and Nephews.
Burial will be in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.