Tifton Gazette


December 14, 2012

Ann Grantham

ST. SIMONS ISLAND — Ann Grantham, 66, of St. Simons Island, passed away peacefully at her family home Friday, December 14, 2012 after a three month battle with cancer. All who knew her will long cherish the memory of the heartfelt care and love for family and friends that defined Ann and how she touched all those around her.

Born 12 November 1946 in Moultrie, Wilma Ann Dickens was the daughter of Wilbur Thomas Dickens and Emma Vinson.  She grew up in Omega, where she graduated as salutatorian from Omega High School in 1964. In 1968 Ann earned her Bachelor's Degree from West Georgia College in Mathematics Education. She married Carrel E. Grantham, Jr. March 12, 1968 in Omega, and over the past 44 years they made their home in many locations throughout the US (Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, South Carolina, and Ohio) and the world (Canada, Bermuda, Australia, and New Zealand).  Over her life, Ann held a number of jobs, including teaching school, statistician for State government, and rising to be an executive at a large consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. Area serving Federal agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon retirement in 2009, Ann and her husband moved to East Beach on St. Simons Island, where Ann volunteered in many organizations, including as a docent for the Coastal Georgia Historical Society (providing lighthouse tours) and as an active member of the Island Newcomers Club.

Ann is survived by her husband, Carrel Grantham of St. Simons Island; sons Brad Grantham (and girlfriend Kris Ingram) of San Jose, Calif., Bart Grantham (and wife Alice) of San Francisco, Calif.; sisters Tommie Ruth Bartlett (and husband John) of McRae, Juanita Hunke (and husband Jim) of Springfield, Va., Kathryn Yates (and husband Don) of Key West, Fla., Mary Ellen Hicks (and husband Doug) of Sycamore; brothers-in-law Steve Grantham (and wife Elena) of Holly Springs, N.C., Bruce Grantham (and wife Julia) of Alpharetta; nephews Billy Hunke of Arlington, Va., Brian Hunke of Vienna, Va., D. J. Hunke of Springfield, Va., Andrew Grantham of Port Angeles, Wash.; and nieces Beth Guzzetta of Conyers, JoAnn Lloyd of Warner Robins, Eileen Grantham of Davidson, N.C., Gina Grantham of Arlington, Va., Lara Grantham of Austin, Tex., and Carolyn Grantham and Ansley Grantham of Alpharetta. Ann was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, 610 Beachview Drive, St. Simons IslandMonday from 3 until 5 p.m. Family and friends are invited to honor Ann's memory. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home and Oglethorpe Crematorium. www.edomillerandsons.com.

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