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Nelson Grant Jr.

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Nelson Grant Jr. Obituary
GRANT Mr. Nelson Grant, Jr. May 25, 1924 to April 28, 2014 BIRTH AND EARLY YEARS Mr. Nelson Grant, Jr. was often referred to as Daddy Grant, Deacon Grant and Uncle Grant. His life's work ended on April 28, 2014. Nelson Grant, Jr. was a man with a strong and dedicated sense of responsibility as a leader and a Servant of God. He cherished the love of his family, his neighbors and his city, Jacksonville, Florida. Nelson Grant, Jr. was born on May 25, 1924 to the late Nelson Grant, Sr. and Lucille Bligen Grant in Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York. He was one of three children, two of whom preceded him in death, Joseph B. Grant (1919-1936) and Dorothy Grant (1925-1991). Mr. Grant spoke a lot about his father who worked as a Rigger and Longshoreman on the New York City and New Jersey Harbors. He often talked about his mother as being divinely blessed with the Gift of Healing and the Gift of Speaking in Tongues through the Holy Ghost. He was proud of his parents and spoke often and dearly of his love for them. At the age of seven (7) Mr. Grant made his 3rd trip from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida by ship. He would tell of his Grandfather, Robert Bligen and his Grandmother, Rebecca Mitchell Bligen being from Edisto Island, South Carolina and owning a grocery store on Grothe and Everson Streets in Jacksonville, FL. When reflecting back on his life during the Great Depression, Mr. Grant would say, A dollar a day was good money. FORMAL EDUCATION Nelson Grant, Jr. graduated from Stanton Senior High School in 1944. After High School, he served in the United States Navy, from which he was Honorably Discharged. He then attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College (FAMC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. Mr. Grant continued to pursue higher education, earning a Master of Arts degree from New York University (NYU) in 1955. PROFESSIONAL CAREER Mr. Grant began his teaching career as a Substitute Teacher at the Davis Street Elementary School on 8th and Davis Streets. From there, he taught Science at Matthew W. Gilbert Jr./Sr. High School, where he touched the lives of hundreds of students, impressing upon them the importance of a good education and good character. He was a remarkably frugal man, whose initial method of transportation was a well-built bicycle, which he chose to ride for many years. The first car that he selected and purchased for himself was a brand new Cadillac Sedan. Mr. Grant continued his teaching career in the Jacksonville community and eventually transferred to Fort Caroline Junior High School where he taught until his retirement. Many of his former students recall him saying, Beat the bell and all's well, and Don't stall, clear the hall! As a man of tireless energy, he retired from Duval County Public Schools after 34 years as a Science Teacher. AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS 1947 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Member 1958 - 1960 Teacher of the Year - Matthew W. Gilbert High School 1966 Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity - Charter Member, Jacksonville, Florida 1970 Appreciation Award for Valuable Service Rendered - F.A.M.U. 1972 Teacher-Student Humanitarian Award - B'NAI B'RITH 1977 Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth - Boy Scouts of America 1969 - 1980 Appreciation Award - Fort Caroline Junior High School 1990 Certificate of Baptism - Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2005 Legend Award - Matthew W. Gilbert Jr./Sr. High School 2006 Legend Award - Johnson Family Branch YMCA (30+ Years of Service) WALK WITH THE LORD Mr. Grant was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida where he served faithfully as a Deacon. Deacon Grant, with the approval of his Pastor, transferred his membership to the Church of the Apostolic Faith, Greater Refuge Temple, 1317 Rowe Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida, under the leadership of Bishop Gentle Groover, Pastor. He served diligently as an Elder in his church until God called him home. Deacon Grant allowed his light to shine everywhere he went. He was one who did not hide his light under a bushel. Deacon Grant witnessed to everyone that he met, and he knew no strangers. He made a friend of every person he met along his life's journey. He always glorified God in the presence of his family and his friends. Jesus Christ said, Go ye into all the world and share the gospel. Deacon Grant fulfilled this commission in his life. His favorite scriptural prayer was Psalm 19:14, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Deacon Grant was truly a Disciple of the Lord who set an example for all to follow. He loved the Lord with all of his heart. COMMUNITY SERVICE Mr. Grant always had a strong desire to participate in helping young people achieve their greatest potential so they may succeed in life. He spent many years as a leader with the Boy Scout organization mentoring and guiding young men into leadership roles. Additionally, he served his community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Johnson Family Branch YMCA, the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity of Professional Educators, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Durkeeville Society. He was also recognized by his neighbors as the Mayor of Manhattan Drive. MARRIAGE On November 26, 1961, at the age of 37, Nelson Grant married Elizabeth Brown Jenkins, a beautiful widow. They were married at Goodhope Christian Church in Valdosta, Georgia. The Lord gave him this woman to love for the next fifty-three (53) years of his life. Their marriage spanned forty-five (45) years until her death in 2006. They both loved to travel and they took numerous trips around the world throughout the years of their marriage, visiting all of their children and family that they each accepted as their own. In 1964, Nelson and Elizabeth built their home together where he lived until his life on this earth was complete. THE FAMILY THAT GOD GAVE TO MR. NELSON GRANT, JR. Mary (James) Jenkins Wright (Deceased) Joseph Joe (Ann) Jenkins (Deceased) Oscar O'Babe (Carrie) Jenkins (Deceased) Isaac Jimbo (Gussie) Jenkins (Deceased) Ms. Wax Jenkins (Deceased) Ruby Lady (Earnest) Jenkins Mathis (Deceased) Marie (Carl) Jenkins Hill Walker (Deceased) Marjoria Margie Jenkins Manning Thomas Tommy Howard Jenkins These adult children accepted Mr. Grant as if he were a father even though six (6) of them were older than both he and his wife (smile). In spite of these age differences, he was thereby named Daddy Grant and was proud to be the family Patriarch. After a long and spiritually faithful life, Nelson Grant, Jr. leaves to mourn two (2) children, Marjoria A. Jenkins Manning (Robert), Thomas Howard Jenkins, Sr.; Twenty-Three (23) grandchildren, Toni E. Manning Banks (Hardy), Deidre M. Manning Fisher, Pamela Y. Manning Kennedy (Kenton), Michelle E. Manning Dubois (Ronald), Terry Howard Manning (Gretchen), Liane Jenkins Coleman, Thomas T.J. Jenkins, Jr., Steven Shane Jenkins, Rosalyn E. Hill Scott (Sylvester), Bonnie M. Hill, Carolyn M. Hill Dumornay (Erwing), Edward Nelson Hill, Elizabeth Tisdale (Coolidge, d.), Elnora Edmondson (Arthur), Lillie Lane, Emma Jean Wright, Charles Wright (Ora Lee), Bobbie Wright, Lawrence Wright (Linda), Kelton Wright (Sandra, d.), Donald Wright (Linda), Jacqueline Wright, Chyrell George (Robert); Three (3) Nieces, Joyce Burrus, Sandra Grant, Pauline Sinclaire (Cleve); One (1) Nephew, Charles Sneed (Ballery); One (1) Grand Niece, Kendra Moore; One (1) Grand Nephew, Nelson Grant; A very special Granddaughter, Loretta Pettis; A host of Great Grandchildren, Cousins, Family Members and many, many Friends. FUNERAL SERVICE, VISITATION AND INTERMENT Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater Refuge Temple, 1317 Rowe Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208. Interment will immediately follow the service at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The Family will accept visitors on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Home, 4334 Brentwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Persons who desire may make contributions in Mr. Nelson Grant's name to the Johnson Family Branch YMCA, 5700 Cleveland Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 8, 2014
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