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Mrs. Ella Mae Grant was born March 30, 1919 to the parents of John and India Hardwick. Her father was a sharecropper and her mother was a great seamstress who made clothes for the family and produced some beautiful quilts.

She grew up in Burke County and lived in the town of Midville, Georgia. She attended Boggs Academy in Keysville, Georgia where she was on the basketball team and graduated from Savannah State College.

She was married for over 50 years to the late Reverend David C. Grant, Sr., a minister and presiding Elder of the AME Church. They had three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

Her children include the late Adrian Delores Jackson a Music Teacher who lived in Chicago, Margaret Cecile Grant, a retired Social Worker living in New York City and Dr. David C. Grant, Jr., a semiretired Radiologist who lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant.

Mrs. Grant was a schoolteacher who was employed in the state of Georgia and taught English, Math and Home Economics in schools that later became integrated. Education had always been very important to her and she was always teaching and openly sharing her opinion on all topics of interest to her.

She was an active member in the African Methodist Episcopal Church as the First Lady of many churches for many years. She also served as a member of the Stewardess Board and was a life member in the Missionary Society.

The Bishop of the AME Church has given her accolades for her outstanding work and service to the AME Church.

She has always maintained a beautiful home and garden and was an excellent cook, a connoisseur of fine food and enjoyed her time spent in her bowling league.

She was a thoughtful person who everyone could depend on and she never lost sight for her concern and caring for family, friends and neighbors. 

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Bethel A.M.E. Church, 623 Crawford Avenue, Reverend Augusta H. Hall, Jr., pastor, Reverend Mark Pierson, eulogist. Interment will be in Bellevue Memorial Park. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bethel A.M.E Church, 623 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 in the name of Mrs. Ella Mae Grant.

W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706)722-6401.

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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019
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