|Birth: ||Jun. 26, 1907|
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 2006|
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Catherine Grant Smith, 99, died on Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at the Vestavia home of her niece, Shirley Ezell McCulloh, wife of Dr. Calvin McCulloh, Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Smith, and her brothers and sisters, Stephen Grant of Houston, Texas, Octavia Grant Beckham, Mobile, Eran Grant Ezell, Pascagoula, and Oliver Grant, Pascagoula.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her sister, Dorothy Grant White of Pascagoula. She is also survived by nephews, Levon Ezell, Dallas, Texas, Eugene C. Beckham, Midland, Mich., William Stuart of Bon Secour, Ala. and Edward Grant, Houston, Texas. She is survived by nine great nieces and nephews among whom are Mark McCulloh, Davidson, N.C., Caye McCulloh Griffin, Maylene, Ala and Cole McCulloh, Birmingham considered her "grandchildren."
Catherine Smith was born June 26, 1907 in Pascagoula, Miss., the daughter of Edward Forrest Grant and Phillipine Cole, both of Pascagoula. She attended Brenau College on a music scholarship and subsequently taught music in Childersburg, Ala., where she met her future husband. They moved to Birmingham in 1929. Her husband's firm transferred him to Mobile in the early 1950's and she and her husband founded a business in Pascagoula in 1955, Smith Hardware, which she maintained after her husband's death in 1963 until the business was sold in 1982.
She played classical music and hymns with sensitivity and grace until the last days of her life. She enjoyed a gregarious renewal after moving to Vestavia Hills from her home in Pascagoula in 1999. She made many new and devoted friends, including the Rev. O.N. Todd to whom the family owes a special measure of gratitude for his affection and devotion.
Mrs. Smith was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Pascagoula, where she played the piano in many services and on occasions of fellowship and celebration. In her last years she played often for the residents of Chateau Vestavia.
A memorial service will be held Friday Dec. 22 at 10 a. m. at Chateau Vestavia.
Edward Forest Grant (1882 - 1948)
Philippine Cole Grant (1890 - 1978)
Richard Stephen Grant (1905 - 1992)**
Catherine Grant Smith (1907 - 2006)
Eran Grant Ezell (1908 - 1935)*
Jackson County Memorial Park
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