Charles Morris (Foxy) Grant, Jr., age 87 of Gallipolis, Ohio, passed away on February 5, 2013. He was born on December 31, 1925, in Monaville, West Virginia, the son of the late Bishop Charles M. Grant, Sr., and Florence Edna Lee Grant Casey, who both preceded him in death.
He accepted Christ as his Savior at age 12 under the leadership of his great-grandfather, Rev. Thomas Jefferson Jones, in Independence, Virginia. He later attended the Paint Creek Baptist Church in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Mr. Grant attended grade school in Gallipolis, Ohio, and Virginia and completed middle school in Chillicothe, Ohio. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School. On Easter Sunday, August 5, 1953, he married Gladys D. Keels at New Hope Baptist Church, Harrisburg, Ohio.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served in the 140th Port Company at Camp McKay in Boston, Massachusetts, and was also a Technician 5th Grade Longshoreman, at Staten Island, New York.
Mr. Grant worked for the Gallipolis City Schools in the maintenance department and later as a Custodian at Gallia Academy High School and Washington Elementary. He retired as a Stationary Engineer/Licensed Boiler Operator and Substitute Bus Driver after 31 years of service to the school district.
Mr. Grant enjoyed many years of active community service including coach of the Babe Ruth and Pony League championship teams, Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency Board of Directors — 11 years, Gallia County Rehabilitation Housing Commission Board of Directors, Captain/Director of Communications for Gallia County Civil Defense during recovery operations for Silver Bridge Disaster, leader for Boy Scouts Flying Eagles — four years, and past president of the Gallia County CB Club.
He was a 42-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Gallipolis and served as president five times, distinguished president several times and was currently serving as vice president. He was a Distinguished Lt. Governor of the Ninth Division of the Ohio District in 1995-96. The recipient of a Hixson Fellow Award in 1996, he also served on the Kiwanis International Board as Sargent of Arms, three years on the Election Board Committee, and three years as a judge at the Ohio District Key Club Conventions. He and his wife attended many Kiwanis Division Council meetings, Ohio District Conventions and International Conventions.
Mr. Grant served on the Board of the Ohio Association of Classified Public School Employees (OAPSE) for two years. He was a past State President of OAPSE and presided over a membership of 30,000 members. Mr. Grant was named the Outstanding Plant Operator of the Year for OAPSE in 1969-70. He helped to organize OAPSE in the Gallia County Schools.
The U.S. Congress, Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate recognized Mr. Grant’s civic and professional accomplishments many times and presented him with Resolutions of Commendation to honor him.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed The Ohio State University football and basketball teams. Mr. Grant loved all sports including bowling, golf, softball, baseball, boxing and marbles. He was a charter member of the Cliffside Golf Club and received the honor of hitting a “hole in one” on July 18, 2001 (Hole #15, 191 yards, 4-wood). Mr. Grant won numerous golf tournaments and was especially proud of winning the River Cup Championship in 1990. In his early years, he was an 8th grade Champion of Marbles in Chillicothe, Ohio, and won three amateur and one professional boxing round in the Gallipolis area.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gladys D. Grant; sisters, Anna Cordell, Cleveland, Ohio; Lelia (Clarence) Jackson, Gallipolis, Ohio; brothers, Elder Larry (Diane) Grant, Chillicothe, Ohio, Michael (Roxy) Casey, Columbus, Ohio, William (Carolyn) Casey, Gallipolis, Ohio, and Robert Casey, Gallipolis, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in law, James D. (Dorothy) Keels, Rio Grande, Ohio, Lloyd Keels, Cincinnati, Ohio, Russell (Nannette) Keels, Bidwell, Ohio, Raymond Howell, Las Vegas, Nev; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 8, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Waugh- Halley-Wood Funeral Home.
Funeral services, celebrating his life, will be held at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013, with Rev. Gene Armstrong and Rev. Harry Scott officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. There will be military services at the graveside by volunteers of area veteran’s lodges.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Nolfi, Ed Caudill, Ron Sexton, Dr. Rodney Stout, Neal Collins, Michael Casey, James D. Keels, Jr. and Larry Boyer. Honorary pallbearers will be James D. Keels, Lloyd Keels, Russell Keels, Raymond Howell, Rod Gordon, Elder Larry Grant, William Casey and Robert Casey.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Kiwanis International, Worldwide Project, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, Ind. 46268-3196 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Cancer Center, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com.