Buddie Grantham

Buddie Grantham LUBBOCK-Services commemorating the life of E.G. Buddie Grantham, 80, of Lubbock, Texas, will be conducted at 11 a.m. on the 21st day of November, 2012, at Lakeridge Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, with the Reverend H.H. Davis and Raif Turner, pastor, officiating. A private family burial will take place in Resthaven Memorial Park. Mr. Grantham went home to be with the Lord on the 18th day of November, 2012, at the home of Mary and David Cabellero in Lubbock, Texas. Buddie Grantham was born Aug.28, 1932, in Brantley County, Ga., to Grover Hill Grantham and Annie Elizabeth Grantham. He attended Waycross High School in Waycross, Ga., until 1951, when he enlisted into the United States Air Force. He served his country, honorably and bravely, in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded numerous medals and honors and retired from the Air Force as a 20-year veteran with the rank of Master Sergeant. After his retirement from the U.S Air Force, Buddie started a drywall business and a painting business, which he managed until he retired from the private sector. Buddie married Shirley Ann Davis on Aug. 19, 1955, in Childress, Texas. They lived in San Antonio, Texas, and finally located to Lubbock, Texas, where Buddie served on the boards of Lubbock Youth Football League and Lubbock Western Little League. He was preceded in death by his brother, Crawford Lee Grantham, and sister, Mary E. Chastain. He was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory Neal Grantham. He received incredible daily care and support from his sisters-in-law, Quannah Nonnie Reed and Pat Hogan. His twin brother, Earl Grantham, currently lives in Waycross, Ga., and is married to Shirley Grantham. They have five children. Buddie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Grantham of Lubbock, Texas; one son, Terry Grantham and wife, LeAnn Grantham, of Lubbock, Texas; three grandsons, Cole Davis Grantham of Lubbock, Texas, Corbin Lee Grantham of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cason Cash Grantham of Lubbock, Texas; brother, Earl Grantham and sister-in-law, Shirley Grantham; nephews, David Grantham, Randy Grantham and Fred Garrett Grantham; and nieces, Sherry Gale Yeomans and Elizabeth Ann Goble. Coach Buddie, as he became known, greatly enjoyed youth sports and athletics and gave a lot of his time and resources to further youth athletics in Lubbock, Texas. He was honored by the Lubbock Youth Football League in 1992 when the Super Bowl was named the Buddie Grantham Super Bowl for that year. Buddie spent his final days in the home of Mary and David Cabellero in Lubbock. He was given extraordinary and loving care from Mary and David and their staff. They are a blessing to our family and we will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rev. Herbert H. Davis Mission Fund, c/o Nancy Floyd, P.O Box 53751, Lubbock, TX 79453. Online condolences may be sent at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2012