Services for John William Grant, 79, of Tyler will be on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church with Dr. Mark Braaten officiating.
A graveside service will follow in Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Henderson under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Grant passed away peacefully Nov. 6, 2013, under the care of The Hospice of East Texas following a brave battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 28, 1933, in the small community of Liberty, between Henderson and Tatum, in Rusk County. He was the son of James Mitchell and Sudie Mae Grant and the youngest of six children.
After graduating Henderson High School, John attended Texas A&M University
. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in civil engineering. During his time at A&M, John served in the Army
Corps of Cadets and upon graduation he continued his service in the United States Army and National Guard Reserves. He was honorably discharged as a captain following 12 years of service.
John worked as a registered professional civil engineer in private practice and retired from the Texas Department of Transportation in 1995 after 30 years. He had many hobbies and especially enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing. As a member of Briarwood Country Club for more than 40 years, John made many wonderful lifelong friends. John loved hunting in West Texas but his passion was for trotline fishing in the rivers of East Texas.
John was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Anthony Grant. He is survived by loving family including his wife of almost 55 years, Kathleen Flanigan Grant, of Tyler; daughter, very special son and grandson, Shannon, Kevin and Travis King, all of Bullard; sisters, Sylvia Ross, of Henderson, Lavis Gentry, of Marshall, and Sue Dowden and husband Ed, of Bullard. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Mike Williams, Terry Williams, Don Williams, Doyle Ross, and special friends, Brad Humphries, Jason Carter, Tim Brittain and Olin Hartley.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.