Obituary of Robert C. Grant, Sr.
Robert C. Grant, Sr. was born on March 14, 1943 in Montgomery, Alabama to Fred and Gertrude Grant. He was the youngest of four children, with one sister and two brothers. Robert’s ordered steps on this earth crossed the finish line into immortality on Wednesday, September 1, 2022.
Affectionately known as Bob, he enjoyed golfing, fishing and traveling. He was a phenomenal cook; if you ever tasted his barbecue, you know this to be true. He was an artist and art enthusiast. His talent in the arts was exemplified by his part time career as a model and actor – appearing in movies, music videos and national ad campaigns.
A hobby farmer, Bob raised horses, cows, chickens and fainting goats and could often be found working in his garden.
A graduate of Alabama State University, he attained a dual degree in Art and English, in 1965. Upon graduation he joined the faculty of Grambling University, where he taught art. He eventually joined the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Sergeant, and served as an Aircraft Control and Warning Technician, until he received his Honorable Discharge in 1969. He later served as a Veteran Affairs Coordinator and Employment Counselor for the Urban League of Detroit, Michigan.
From 1970 to 1983, Bob held the position of Director of Alumni Affairs and Associate Director of Development at Meharry Medical College. During this tenure, he assisted the college in raising over $100 million for a major capital fund drive. He was responsible for developing, organizing, and coordinating all alumni programs and activities, and successfully conducted all alumni fundraising projects. In this role, Bob was responsible for all alumni publications, managed 15 employees and a $200,000 budget.
In 1984, he transitioned to S&S Supply Company, where he was Manager and Director of Sales. It was this experience that would springboard him into entrepreneurship. He soon thereafter founded Grant Enterprises, Inc., where he was Owner, President, and Chairman of the Board until retirement. This company distributed manufacturing and industrial supplies to small businesses and industry on a retail and wholesale basis.
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