Terrence Joseph Grenat, 69
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Terrence (Terry) Joseph Grenat, 69, of Valdosta, Ga., formerly of Lafayette, died unexpectedly of lung complications following open-heart surgery at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Ga., Saturday, January 12, 2013. He was the son of the late Ivan Charles and A. Jeanne Mehegan Grenat.
He attended St. Mary Cathedral and Lafayette Central Catholic High School. Higher education included BA at William Carey College, MA also at William Carey College, and MA at Webster University.
Terry served his country in the US Air Force and in the US Civil Service for almost half a century. While in the Air Force he achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest attainable rank possible for enlisted personnel. He served in Vietnam, Korea and numerous bases throughout the United States as an Air Traffic Controller.
After retiring from the Air Force, he accepted a position of Air Traffic Controller instructor in Oklahoma.
In the Civil Service he held the position of Human Resource Advisor in Korea, Japan, and the Azores. While in Korea he considered one of his greatest accomplishments introducing Korean culture to our service men and women.
Terry was a faithful member of Covenant Baptist Church and was unwavering in his faith.
He enjoyed working in his orchard, riding his Harley Davidson with the Christian Bikers Association, volunteering in the Oncology Dept. at Valdosta Hospital, participating in Relay for Life, and volunteering in the orphanages in Korea.
Surviving is his wife of 33 years, Chun Cha Grenat of Valdosta, Ga.
Also surviving are 2 sons: Anthony Grenat of Detroit, and Stephen (wife-Heather) Grenat of Valdosta, Ga., a daughter Tracy(husband-Tony) Nicasio of Tuscon, Ariz.; grandchildren: David Nicasio of Tuscon, Ariz., Ethan and Aniela Grenat of Valdosta, Ga.; brother David(wife-Jan) Grenat of Fort Collins, Colo., and 3 sisters: Judith(husband-Larry)Vanderwielen, Diane(husband-Earl) Slaughterbeck, and Lisa Vandeventer all of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: William (1983) and John (1996). Services were in Valdosta, Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
Published in the Journal & Courier from January 22 to January 23, 2013