Gary Grogan Grant, 80, of Hundred, WV, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 1, 2023, in Cha Cha’s Assisted Living as he succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Gary was born in small-town Missouri and was raised as a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid with a brother Donald and two sisters Jeannie and Carole. He grew up in towns like Alma Arkansas where his father pastored. He met his wife Lorene while he was in school at Tulsa University earning an accounting degree, and they married. Lorene and Gary were married for 59 years. After obtaining a degree in accounting, he decided that God was calling him to enter the full-time ministry to become a Baptist minister and surrendered his heart to pursue that as a lifetime occupation. He attended Harden-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies and became an ordained minister. Later they adopted Becky and Timothy and raised them together. Gary served in the ministry feeling a calling to pastor small-town churches in communities in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. He most recently pastored Solid Rock Baptist Church in Hundred, West Virginia until he was forced to retire due to the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene Grant; his son, Timothy Grant; his daughter, Becky Gipson; and sisters Jeannie and Carole. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Grant; mother Vergie Grant; and brother Donald Grant.
The interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/