Edward Earl “Grand” Grandberry, Sr.
Edward Earl Grandberry, Sr. was born to Lettie Mae Grandberry and Tommie Daggons in Monticello on April 10, 1947. In 1966, Edward was adopted by his grandmother, the late Lizzie Grandberry, whom he affectionately called his mother. He transitioned from this life Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents and stepparents, Tommie Daggons (Ruby) and Lettie Grandberry-Johnson (Clement); his sister, Lizzie White; his brothers, Keith, Andrew and Thomas Daggons; his sister-in-law, Darnell Daggons; his nephews and great-nephew, Darryl, James and Kean Short and Leonard White and special cousins Georgia and Clifton Watts.
Grand, as many knew him, joined Oak Grove M.B. Church as a young child and remained a member until his death. Grand said years ago that he gave his life to Christ- so we rejoice knowing that fact! He enjoyed going on first Sundays to the early service because he was an early bird. Grand served as Superintendent of Sunday School for several years under the leadership of Rev. L.E. McEwen. He enjoyed sending food to Vacation Bible School to help the church and serve the youth. Grand was loved by many. In his early years, he made pork skins as a hobby and garnered the nickname ‘Skin Man.” He had a funny sense of humor, but he said what he meant and meant what he said. After he retired, he worked in the garden, went to his club meetings and enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their various sports activities. As his health began to fail, he would still say with a smile- “ain’t nothing wrong with me” and keep going. Grand loved his family and community. He would do whatever he could to help anyone.
Edward leaves to celebrate in his victory and rejoice in his memory: son Edward Grandberry, Jr. “Bam Bam” (Marquita) of Prentiss, son Kenderick “Kenny Boo” Grandberry of Norcross, Georgia, daughterDeanna Thompson (Michael) and his three grandchildren, Ravynn, JerMichael and Dylan Thompson of Brandon. Siblings include sister Barbara Williams of Chicago, Illinois; six brothers, Robert Grandberry (Mary) and Marvin Wooding of Monticello, James Earl, David, Fred and Willie R. Daggons (Earlene) of New Orleans, Louisiana, and David Daggons of Corpus Christi, Texas. Grand also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends along with Patricia Onita Abrams “Aunt Shug,” who loved and supported Grand through his journey and special nieces Kristin and Katina Watts of Bernardino, California. All will greatly miss our beloved Dad.