Jefferson Wray Grannan, 58, Lecanto, Fla., went to the big hog roast in the sky Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The youngest child of Paul Vincent Grannan Sr., and Dorothy King Grannan, he was born in Brooksville Aug. 17, 1955. He was a descendant of the Allen, Davis and King families who settled Lecanto beginning in the 1860s. He had several nicknames including J-Ray, Jethro Bodine, The Little Prince and the Swordsman of Lecanto.
He grew up in Tropic Terrace in Crystal River and lived most of his life in Citrus County, his favorite place being the Green Tavern. One of the original G-Men of Citrus County, he was a charter member of I.B.B. I. Local 555. He was a "reactor ranger" traveling around the country to work at nuclear power plants during outages. He was also a heating and air conditioning technician working for several companies. He lived life to its fullest never missing a cook-out or a Miami Hurricane football game. His unique sense of humor was not always appreciated by some but he still had many friends.
His survivors include his four siblings, John Grannan, Paul Grannan Jr. (Vicki), Margaret Fagan (Joseph), and Michelle Harris (Donald); nephews, Zachary Grannan (Tiffany), Sonti Burnett (Felicia), Murray Fagan; niece, Katie Holbrook (Scott); aunt, Frankie Jo Brown; uncle, Jeff King; and stepsons, Chris, Ricky and Tony McWherter.
His body will be donated to the University of Miami Medical School (Go Canes!) for research. Cremation will take place later under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home and Crematory. His ashes will be scattered in the Gulf with "de swimps, de oysters and de mullet" that he loved so much. A celebratory hog roast in his honor will be held in the immediate future.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2014