SAMUEL GRANTHAM Obituary – May 29, 1932 – July 19, 2020


Samuel Wilson Grantham, 88, of Joliet, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at Unity Cemetery at Jacks Creek with Dr. James Huggins officiating. The family will meet at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson’s East Main Chapel at 12:30 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness for a stranger.    
Also known as “Wilson,” he was born in Corinth, Miss., on May 29, 1932, the second child of seven to James Presley Grantham and Edna Irene (Nee Stone) Grantham.
He married the love of his life on Dec. 11, 1954, the late Shirley Ann Nobles, who passed Sept. 20, 2017 following 66 years of marriage. They enjoyed visiting family in the Jackson area and fishing trips to Northwest, Wis.
He grew up in the Ramer and Finger area. He moved to Joliet to work for Fisher Body and later Ford Stamping Plant. He also served in the U.S. Army in Germany.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Ann (John) Kraske; a son, Curtis Lee; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann on Sept. 20, 2017; his parents; his brothers, Albert (Donna Dale) Lee, Lynn Larry and David Mitchell; sisters, Louise (Gordon) Smally, Glenda (Marvin) Plunk and Martha Jo May; and niece, Lou Trent.