On the early morning of Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, the Lord beckoned home his loyal servant, Mrs. Martha Ann Roberts Grandison, and said "well done thou good and faithful servant, now enter into the joy of the Lord."
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Martha was born Dec. 9, 1936, in the little town of McKenney to the late William and Henrietta Roberts. She received her education in the Dinwiddie County Public School System.
She began her Christian journey at an early age at the Big Bethel Baptist Church, McKenney. On July 23, 1953, she married the late Rev. Herman Grandison and from that union they were blessed with six wonderful children.
Martha retired from Central State Hospital with 28 years of service. Once retired, her home became a safe haven for many. There they could find love, hope, and strength because of her love for people she became a child care provider.
She was a faithful and steadfast member of the First Baptist Church, West Petersburg, where you could hear her melodious voice on any given Sunday singing "It Is Well with Me Soul", "One Day at A Time" and "Christ Is All". She wasn't just a hearer of the word but she was a doer and firm believer of the word. She served on the deaconess ministry, missionary ministry, senior and mass choir and a board member of WPVA Community Organization.
Martha took her gifts and talents outside of the church and ministered with The Gospelettes for over 40 years, The Gospel United Miracle Choir and the Roberts Singer. She also was the first lady of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Amelia, for more than five plus years as her husband led God's people.
She had a passion and a zeal for sharing the gospel of the Lord with whomever she came in contact with. The word of the Lord was a lamp to her feet and a light unto her path way. Even in her last days she never forgot the word of the Lord she would often quote Psalm 27:11 "teach me thy way oh LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies."
Martha will be truly missed for her warm smile and her words of wisdom. She was truly a "virtuous woman" with a heart of gold. No matter who you were, where you were from or even what you may have done, she would always find the good within you.
She was preceded in death by: her only son, Herman "Peter" Grandison Jr.; daughter-in-law, Regina Grandison; three brothers, Deacon William "Bill", John "Johnnie" and Nathaniel "Nat" Roberts; a sister, Elsie Spriggs and her mother- in-law, Gussie Grandison.
She leaves to celebrate her life: five devoted daughters, Delva Williams (Norman), Gloria Grandison (Larry), Barbara Rives (Clifton), Jacqueline Griffin (Richard), and Frances Easter (Tony); 13 grandchildren, Freddrick, Shaneeka, Hervie, Shelly, Cortez, Dwayan, Camesha, Teaira, Jhomari, Gabriel, Damon, Travis, and Jacobie; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, her twin Mary Roberts, Thelma King and Alma Hardy; two brothers, Freddie Roberts (Lady-who was like a sister) and Melvin Roberts (Quinette); two sisters-in-law, Ruth V. Phidd and Ann Roberts; four godchildren, Glenda Reeves who was her devoted caregiver, Robin Ward, LaTonya Hardy, Freddie and Keith Walker; and a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends, among them devoted a niece, Joyce Ann Roberts; a special great-niece, Erica Lucy; a nephew, the Rev. Alexander Williams; a cousin, Sandra Nicholson; friends, the Rev. Eva Ellis, Margaret Seward, Frances Taylor, Clara and Spencer Williams; First Baptist Church family; and the West Petersburg community.
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Grandison will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, the Rev. Jeffrey L. Reaves Sr., pastor and the Rev. Peter R. Jeffrey, pastor of First Baptist Church-West Petersburg. The interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the funeral establishment.
The family will also receive friends at 25615 Surry Ave., Petersburg, and at 5907 Sentry Hill Court, Petersburg. Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Grandison at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue
Petersburg, VA 23803
Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 15 to Sept. 18, 2013