Rev. William Howard Granger

Born: Thu., Jan. 9, 1930
Died: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 01, 2018
Location: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Fri., Feb. 02, 2018
Location: Cathedral of Praise-Pastor Mike Cleckler

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Life Reflections: Rev. Dr. W. H. Granger


William Howard Granger “Baby William” was born January 9, 1930 in Sumpter County, Alabama to the union of Howard and Classie Granger. Living on the line between Alabama and Mississippi, he had the advantage of attending school in Alabama and going to church in Mississippi.

At the age of 12, he dedicated his life to the Lord. He was converted in 1942 in Binnsville River Community, near Scooba, MS, at the Green Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where his grandparents attended.

            Upon moving to Etowah County in 1948, he united with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of North Gadsden-Turkeytown. He accepted ‘the call’; and in 1962 he answered as God called him into the ministry.

In 1970, Rev. Granger traveled abroad to three continents, seven countries, including Israel, and fourteen major cities.

            Rev. Granger went to night school and graduated from Carver High School, Gadsden, Alabama. Rev. Granger attended both Samford University and Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. His desire for learning was spurred on by his attendance at the “Radden Academy” for ministers held at the Friendship Baptist Church, Gadsden, Alabama.

            Rev. Granger received a Bachelors of Theology Degree and a Bachelors of Divinity Degree from the Easonian Baptist Seminary of Birmingham, Alabama; as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Selma University, Selma, Alabama in 1988.

                        In his lifetime, Rev. Granger only pastured three churches; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ohatchee, Alabama, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ashville, Alabama and the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Attalla from where he retired  after 49 years of ministering.

            Rev. Granger served as Moderator of the Wills Creek District Baptist Association for 32 consecutive years; which earned him the title of Moderator-Emeritus. He was a Bible Teacher and Dean for the Wills Creek School. Rev. Granger served as Chaplain at the Mission Center for Etowah Baptist Association.

            Over his many years of service, he has acquired eleven spiritual sons who have been called in the ministry.

            Rev. Granger held positions with the several state and national organizations; Executive Assistant to the President of the Northeast Convention, on the Executive Board of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention, as well as Statistician of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention.

            He served on the board of Gadsden-Etowah Chapter of the SCLC and he was a member of the NAACP. From 1993 until October 2010, he served on the Board of Directors for the United Fellowship Federal Credit Union when it merged with the Family Savings Credit Union.

            Along with his many titles of preacher, teacher, educator and evangelist, come the titles of husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, extending to       generations.

            On December 23, 1951, William was married to Frances Thornton and to this union, eight children were born. They remained married until her death. Later in 1984, he married Deborah Barnes and to this union, one daughter was born and he gained a step-son.

            William was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, two sons and two brothers. 

William Howard leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife of 33 years, Deborah Granger; five sons, Farley (Shirley) Granger, Jackie (Andrea) Granger, Kenneth (Denise) Granger, Bruce (Denita) Granger, Todd Granger; one step-son, Roderick (Melissa) Barnes; two daughters, Vitissia Granger, Pamela Granger; twenty-two grandchildren; forty-seven great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren; one special God daughter, Tamera Foster; three brothers, Henry Granger, Nathaniel (Mary) Granger, Charles (Bessie) Granger; three sisters, Florence Shorter, Scarlet West, Maggie Hawkins; three sisters-in-law, Mary Granger, Daisy Granger, Linda Young; brothers-in-law, Willie James Barnes, Tommie (Carol) Barnes, Henry (Shirley) Ball, James Ball and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

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Albertene lLewis
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
To the family of Rev. William Granger, you have my sincere condolences. I have known him since 1975. He was a wonderful person . I pray that you will have peace in knowing that Rev. Granger was a man who loved God. He is now with Our Father in Heaven. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and He defeated death when He was resurrected. Praise God, you will see your loved one again. May God bless and keep you. Tina

Kathy Moorer
   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
Debra & Famly,
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to your entire family. I as well as members of my family will always hold dear Reverend Granger close to our hearts. He was a God fearing man that exemplified the Christ light that always showed up in him. I will never forgot the gospel lessons I learned through his ministering. There is not a doubt he has a place in paradise. Be blessed Debra and always know that you and your family are in my prayers this day and days to come.
Kathy Moorer & Sons

   Posted Sun January 28, 2018
I would like to offer my personal condolences to your family. I hope that you will be able find strength in God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 that soon: “he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Timothy Madden
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
Though Earth's loss is Heaven's gain, we have lost a great preacher/pastor, but even more so a wonderful and gracious soul in the person of W.H. Granger. He left some huge footprints on the seashore of time and his legacy is secure! "Well done, thy good and faithful servant!

J S Baker
   Posted Wed January 31, 2018
Life is fragile and so precious especially when we lose our loved ones in death. May your family have comfort in knowing that those sleeping in death are not suffering. The Bible’s wonderful hope found at Isaiah 25:8a says; “He will swallow up death forever, And the sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces and Acts 24:15 tells us “there is going to be a resurrection.” May God’s Word comfort and strengthen you during this time.

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