Grant (front left) during a 2008 ceremony being recognized with council members; Art Lamberth (center) and Donny Barton
Former councilman was serviceman
The annual Patriotic Celebration was held last week at the Tallassee High School Auditorium honoring service members, emphasizing those who were veterans of World War II. Truett Grant was hoping to attend. It was not to be.
Word of Grant's passing was announced to the crowd at Thursday's ceremony. He was 93.
Grant served in World War II. After retirment from the insurance business, he took a role in public service on the Tallassee City Council.
Charles "CC" Blalock shared the same role with Grant on the council for two decades. He received word early Friday morning about his longtime cohort.
"He was very helpful to me," said Blalock. "I can go back further to when he ran a clothing store called Lee James. I used to tease him and call him Lee James. My mother bought my first suit there. I remember her paying 50 cents down and 50 cents a week on the suit."
Blalock, like Grant, has a street named for him. Blalock's is in his neighborhood of Jordanville. Grant's is off of Central Boulevard in East Tallassee where he resided.
"That means a lot to me," Blalock added. "I'm pretty sure when they named that street after Truett it meant a lot to him."
Services were held on Saturday, June 24 at Elam Baptist Church.
Grant is survived by his wife of 67 years, Louneal.