|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 2002|
FORT WORTH -- LaRae Johnson Gantt, 88, a retired commercial sound specialist, died peacefully Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 2002, at his residence.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The Rev. Lawrence Hammond will lead traditional Christian services. Entombment: Following military honors, LaRae's cremated remains will be placed in the columbarium at the cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends at Mr. Gantt's residence 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.
Memorials: Those desiring, please make memorial contributions in his name to a charity of choice.
A native of Dallas, LaRae Johnson Gantt was born April 5, 1914, the son of Leon Roberts and Clara Madge Johnson Gantt. He was a graduate of Central High School, now R. L. Paschal. During World War II, Rae was a pilot and instructor at Hicks Field and flew B-24 Liberators over "the hump" from India to China. Following the war, he married the former Jeanne Thompson. The couple had three sons.
In the early 1950s, he founded Rae Gantt Sound Equipment Co. in Fort Worth. As the regional distributor for RCA, Rae pioneered commercial sound installations in airports, hotels, churches and convention centers around the world. Over the years he was involved in high-profile installations, from the original Amon Carter Airport to installations in Puerto Rico, Columbia and Saudi Arabia. Gantt also expanded the family homestead in East Texas to over 1,000 acres, where he raised cattle for many years.
An active member of the community, Rae served on many civic boards, including the March of Dimes and the Tarrant County Convention Center. He served as president of the Fort Worth Sales Executives Club and the Southwestern Sales Executive Council.
Robertson Mueller Harper
1500 Eighth Ave., (817) 924-4233
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Date: December 29, 2002
B: Dallas, Tx. D: Ft. Worth, Tx. Inurment: 12/30/02
Note: Preceded by wife Jeanne Thompson Gantt.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
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