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William Jesse Grant, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1875
Jackson County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1932
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

"Wm. J. Grant, one of Biloxi's most outstanding citizens, who died suddenly while attending the Tulane-Texas football game in New Orleans was buried from his home, 925 West Howard avenue, Sunday afternoon. For many years, in full sympathy and accord with every movement for the upbuilding of Biloxi, Mr. Grant was a quiet, but substantial influence in the affairs of the city. Other than being secretary of the Mississippi seafood commission, in which he served
for many years, and secretary of the local democratic executive committee, he held few offices during his life. He was one of the organizers and eary directors of the Biloxi Commercial Club, now the Chamber of Commerce, with which he as been affiliated since. He also was a member of the Woodsmen of the World and a director of the First National Bank. He was born in Pascagoula June 19, 1875, and came to Biloxi in 1900, taking charge of the prescription department of W. P. Kennedy Sr.'s Drug Store, and a year later, on account of ill health, Mr. Kennedy disposed of his business and Dr. H. M. Folkes and Mr. Grant became the purchasers. Later Mr. Grant purchased the interest of Dr. Folkes and at the time of his death his son William was associated with him in the operation of the business known as Grant's Drug Store, located at the corner of Howard avenue and Reynoir street. In those early days, none stood higher than Mr. Grant as a pharmacist and because of his courteous and accommodating manners toward all no young man in the city was more popular. He was a charter member of the Biloxi Yacht Club and an active member of the Order of Elks. He also had been in the Rotary Club and was a director for many years. Mr. Grant was married on April 16, 1902 to Miss Lillie Baltar, formerly of New Orleans and the couple were blessed with three children: Mrs. Henry B. Curtis, New Orleans, Wm J. Grant, Jr., who has been associated with his father in the store, and Leslie Grant, a promising young attorney with the Wadlington, Corban and Grant firm. He also has three sisters, Mrs. John Hill and Mrs. R. Renfroe, Pascagoula, and Mrs. H. Haisten, Sr., and two brothers Lafayette of Picayune and another, Robert of Gulfport. Mrs. Grant was in New Orleans spending the week with her daughter, Mrs. Curtis, and Mr. Grant and Leslie went there Friday afternoon, witnessing a football game that night. Saturday afternoon, Mr. Grant and Leslie went to the football game and while walking up the stadium stairways Mr. Grant was stricken. A nearby doctor rendered assistance and Ray Butler, Biloxi, came up and shortly afterward notified Mrs. Grant. Mr. Grant died at the Charity Hospital about a half an hour after the attack. The body was brought to Biloxi Sunday morning and the funeral held at at 4 o'clock with services at the home by Rev. G. C. Hodge, pastor of the Baptist church. The services were largely attended and large and beautiful floral offerings were banked about the casket in unusual profusion. Following the home service the remains were taken to the Biloxi cemetery, where Masonic services were led by Lawrence Corban, minister of the local lodge, and J. I. Taylor of Gulfport, grand orator, acted as chaplain. The pallbearers were Dr. R. M. Mosley, W. V. Joyce, Denis Staehling, Cleve Huggins, Henry Eikel, Sr., John Swanzy, Alfred Dantzler and Jacinto Baltar. Hundreds of out-of-town friends from New Orleans, Mobile, Gulfport and all along the Coast as well as many relatives attended the services. Relatives included: Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Baltar, New Orleans, Mr. and Mrs. John Hill, Moss Point, Mrs. Robert Renfroe and son, Mr. and Mrs. Forest Grant, Pascagoula, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Canty, Mrs. John Grant, Lafayette Grant, Picayune, Edbert Grant, Gulfport, Chas. Griener, New Orleans. Members of the drug profession from along the Coast and Mobile, including Megsrs. Bedsole, Colvin and Culver, Mobile, were present".
Daily Herald Oct. 3, 1932. Obituary contributed by Carmella Seymour

Note: Grave is north of the railroad tracks.

Family links: 
  Robert Bruce Grant (1850 - 1932)
  Lydia Sarah Landridge Grant (1852 - 1909)
  Elizabeth Baltar Grant (1880 - 1968)*
  Marguerite Baltar Grant Curtis (1903 - 1988)*
  William Jesse Grant (1906 - 1976)*
  Leslie Baltar Grant (1908 - 1986)*
  Lafayette B Grant (1873 - 1937)*
  William Jesse Grant (1875 - 1932)
  Marian Grant Rolls (1877 - 1921)*
  Robert B Grant (1879 - 1952)*
  Octavia Grant Haisten (1882 - 1967)*
  Hannah Grant Renfroe (1885 - 1950)*
  Lydia Sarah Grant Hill (1887 - 1964)*
  Jesse Harlock Grant (1890 - 1925)*
  Marguerite Grant (1892 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Biloxi City Cemetery
Harrison County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: 6th Addition Sec 2 Blk 4
Created by: Jones
Record added: Mar 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35365434
William Jesse Grant, Sr
Added by: LJH
William Jesse Grant, Sr
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- Carmella Seymour
 Added: Jun. 4, 2009

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