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willie d. grant

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Dec. 14, 1938 - July 17, 2013

ELKHART — Willie D. Grant, 74, of Elkhart, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Eastlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Willie was born on Dec. 14, 1938, in Sikeston, Mo., to Willie C. and LuBertha Grant.

He married Jennie A. Arnold on June 7, 1971. She preceded him in death on April 24, 2011.

Mr. Grant was a welder by trade, working for Quality Frames and White Hall Lab. He held two full time jobs for 30 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Dinia Jenkins (Johnny) of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Kathy McNair (Robert) of Shiloh, Ill., LaTanya Grant of Elkhart, Teresa Smith of Elkhart and Angelia Smith of Elkhart; sons Willie D. Grant Jr. of Dallas, Gregory Grant (Pam) of Kansas City, Mo., and Noverta Smith of Elkhart; sisters Katherine Grant of Sikeston and Pearl Suggs (Thomas) of Elkhart; brothers Otis Grant (Carrie) of Kansas City, Kan., and Dennis Hamer (Pat) of Chicago; aunt Evelyn Sims of Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie; son Derrick Smith; grandson Lamar Smith; sisters Marie Grant and Jearlean Dancler; and brothers Charles and Roy Grant.

A funeral service will be at noon Wednesday, July 24, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sam Frison officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Hartzler Gutermuth Inman Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.