2014-11-20 / Obituaries

William Forrest Grant Jr.

Funeral services for William “Bill” Forrest Grant Jr., 58, were held Monday, November 17, at 11 a.m. at Elberton First Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Mark Owens and Rev. Matthew Davis. The husband of Melissa Seymour Grant, he passed away peacefully at his home in Elberton Saturday, November 15.

Born in Macon on August 18, 1956, he grew up in Elberton and was a 1974 graduate of Elbert County High School. He was a senior vice president at Pinnacle Bank in Elberton and had worked in banking for 36 years at banks in Lavonia, Jackson, and Washington.

Grant was a 1978 graduate of Georgia Tech, a 1996 graduate of Louisiana State University Graduate Banking School, and a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

He had served in recent years on the Brewton Parker College (Mt. Vernon) Board of Trustees.

Grant was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club and was a club member in Elberton, Lavonia, Jackson, and Washington.

He served in many capacities as a volunteer in youth sports and recreation programs. A baseball and softball umpire and high school football referee, he received a commendation for his 10 years of service for volunteering and coaching with the Butts County Recreation Department.

He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher and in many other volunteer roles and committees in the churches he attended, at First Baptist Church of Lavonia, First Baptist Church of Jackson, First Baptist Church of Locust Grove, First Baptist Church of Washington, and First Baptist Church of Elberton.

Over the years he also served as a volunteer and worked with the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts.

Grant was preceded in death by his father, William Forrest Grant, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Betty Hewell Seymour and Thomas Alvaredo Seymour.

Survivors include his wife of the home; daughters Kathryn Melissa Grant of Elberton and Elizabeth Forrest Grant Barry and her husband Jacob of Bowman; mother Willene Jones Grant of Elberton; sister Anna Grant Jones and her husband Gary of Elberton; brother-in-law Danny Lee Seymour and his wife Karen of Hull; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family received friends Sunday at Hicks Funeral Home in Elberton.

Pallbearers included Jim Roberts, Daniel Dooley, Sid Barger, Ronnie Cordell, Martin Williams, David Tatum, Danny Seymour, and Eddie Lovvorn. Honorary pallbearers included nephews Joshua Seymour, Jared Seymour, Benjamin Seymour, John Andrew Seymour, Christopher Jones, and officers, directors, and staff of Pinnacle Bank.

Flowers are optional and donations in Bill Grant Jr.’s memory may be made to the William F. Grant Kiwanis Scholarship Fund at Elberton Federal Savings and Loan, P.O. Box 897, Elberton, GA 30635, or T.J. and Friends Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 6161, Elberton, GA 30635.

Condolences for the family may be entered online at www.hicksfuneral.com.

Hicks Funeral Home of Elberton was in charge of arrangements.

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