George Washington Grantham

16 Jan

George Washington Grantham was born 7 Aug 1877 in Gentry, Benton, Arkansas.  He was the oldest son of Hillard Cisero Grantham and Margaret Dickson.  He came to Texas with his parents while still a small child.  After living in east Texas for a period, the family settled in Callahan County.

George Washington Grantham - Photo courtesy of Linda Cheesman

On 4 April, 1900 he married Beulah Viola Rogers.  This marriage produced a large family:  Maggie Bell in 1901; Alvin Franklin in 1904; Avis Pearl in 1906; Annie Lee in 1909; George Washington, Jr. in 1912; Nancy Vivian in 1915; John Calvin in 1917 and Vira Lorene in 1919.  Vira Lorene Grantham was my husband’s grandmother. 

George Washington Grantham - Wedding Day

In George’s World War I Draft Registration Card he describes himself as tall, of medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.

George Washington Grantham - World War I Draft Registration Card

George died of a heart attack on 23 Jan 1954 in Premont, Jim Wells County, Texas.  He is laid to rest in the Tecumseh Cemetery in Callahan County, Texas. 

George Washington Grantham - Tecumseh Cemetery

“George W. Grantham, 76, died suddenly Saturday night at his home on West First Street of a heart attack, although he had apparently been in good health and had kept quite active up until the time of this heath on Jan 23.

Grantham, who had resided in Premont approximately two years, was born August 7, 1877, in Arkansas, moving to Texas when a small boy and settling with his parents near Atlanta in East Texas. They later moved to Oplin, Texas where he met and married, at 23 years of age, Miss Beulah Rogers. They lived in the Jim Ned Creek community south of Abilene until he and Mrs. Grantham moved to Premont. To this union were born three sons and four daughters, Alvin, the eldest, living in Premont; J.C. at Hebbronville, G.W. at Benavides; Mrs. Maggie Bell Ligon of Chico, Calif; Mrs. Avid Epp of Bruni; Mrs. Annie Lee Poindexter of Oplin, Texas and Mrs. Vira Setliff of Robstown. Other survivors include his widow, 13 grand-children, 10 great grand-children, and one brother Marion Grantham, of Lubbock.

Services were held at the First Methodist Church of Premont at 9 am Sunday by the pastor, Rev. A.D. Jameson. Assisting Rev Jameson was Rev. Tom Parsons, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, who read the scriptures and led in prayer. Pallbearers were his nephews, Joe Grantham of Premont, Mike Grantham of Benavides and Howard {Atwood} Setliff of Robstown, H.A. Turner, J.D. Turner and C.M. Cody all of Premont.

Following services at Premont, the body was taken to Oplin with Howard Wiliams Funeral Home of Falfurrias in charge of arrangements. Services were held at Oplin Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the Methodist Church Dr. S.B. Thompson of McMurrey College Abilene, officiated, assisted by Rev J.C. Williams of Rogers, Texas. Special music was supplied by the Dudley Quartet and Orville Bush, professor of voice at McMurrey College, who sang a solo.

Interment was in the Tecumseh Cemetery with Howard Williams Funeral Home in charge.

Those from Premont attending the services in Oplin were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Grantham, Joe Grantham, and H.A. Turner.

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