On Monday, July 19, 2021, our beloved husband and father James Grant, transitioned from this life and was called from labor to reward.
James Grant, the eldest child of the late Franklin R. Grant and Ruth A. Grant was born on February 1, 1959, in Garnett, South Carolina. His formative childhood was spent in Brooklyn, NY. Thereafter, his parents relocated to Harlem when he was eight years old.
James was educated in the New York City public school system. As a young child, he accepted Christ into his heart. From an early age, James was a fiercely protective big brother to his six younger affectionate siblings who greatly admired him. Around the age of ten, he showed exceptional skill as a sketch artist drawing from hand cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker exactly like the original creators; no one could tell the difference. James was a remarkably bright student. One teacher commented on the back of his Jr. high school report card that he showed a strong ability for passionately speaking about and debating the current events of the day. James was an avid giver of wisdom and insight to the younger generation; he often shared Black uplifting messages that included universal knowledge with great reverence for community leadership, such as Al Sharpton's National Action Network. He frequented the community outpost located on 145th and Lenox Avenue along with The Slave Theatre in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
As a young man he met, fell hopelessly in love with and committed his whole heart to the love of his life, Lucille (affectionately called Lulu). They were united in holy matrimony on May 3, 2002, although they were together in love & life for over 38 years and highly blessed with nine children: Shawn (deceased), Uhura, James Jr., Elijah, Michael, Elayah, Fatima, Nyjah and Nahomi.
James was always there for family, friends or anyone who needed a listening ear, a voice to converse with or a supportive soul present in moment. He would happily share his love of books, current events and especially R&B 70s music with that special way he had of capturing one’s complete attention. Listening to him express his love (and his deep heartfelt “devotion”) for the incomparable band Earth, Wind & Fire always brought joy to his voice and a bright mega-watt smile on his face.
James was a devoted and proud family man. Every teacher, principal, faculty member, school board president, etc. of every school his children attended knew Mr. Grant personally. He was employed with a courier delivery service for many years before taking a position with the New York City Board of Elections. James was very active with many state and local councils for the betterment of the New York City public school system. For many years he also served as a dedicated poll worker for the Board of Elections.
James eldest son Shawn preceded him in death. James leaves to cherish his memory his faithful and devoted wife, Lucille (nee Grays) along with his legacy of nine loving children and seven beautiful grandchildren (with another blessing on the way). His eldest daughter, Tarsha L. Grant, six affectionate siblings: Jeffery Grant, Diane Richburg (Carnell), Patricia Grant, Robert Grant, Michael Grant and Mark Grant Sylvia), four sisters-in-law: Nanette McPherson, Marlena Bugg, Alicia Grays and Aretha Huey, three brothers-in-law: Gordon Grays Jr., Earnest Huey and Robert Lee Huey. Along with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifetime friends and all those he connected with in a special way.