Robert “Bob” Tabler Grant
Robert “Bob” Tabler Grant, age 79, passed away July 28, 2015, at the Leesburg Regional Hospital, Leesburg, Florida, where he had been a patient for seven days.
He was born June 9, 1936, to the late Harry S. Grant Sr. and Abbie Tabler Grant, in Pikeside.
Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine “Kitty” Hawk; and a brother, Harry S. Grant, Jr.
Bob is survived by his wife who was his college sweetheart, Elsie Turner Grant, after 54 years of marriage. He is survived by a son, Colonel R. Scott Grant and wife, Dr. Debbie Grant, of Pelham, Alabama. He is also survived by two grandsons, Robert D. Grant and his fiance, Rebecca George, and Tyler S. Grant, also of Pelham. Bob is survived by one sister, Mary Grant Robertson, of California. He leaves one nephew and three nieces.
Bob graduated from Martinsburg High School in 1954 and was president of his graduating class. In 1962, he graduated from Shepherd College with a BS Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he was the college photographer, president of the Veteran’s Club and active in the college band.
Bob served four years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and was later a member of the West Virginia 167th Air National Guard, where he retired after 29 1/2 years of military service. His military service also included duty during the Berlin Crisis.
He taught school in Frederick County Virginia for 12 years, worked in industry for 12 years and developed Grant Acres Subdivision near Martinsburg. He retired from real estate in 1999.
Bob was founder of The Villages Vintage Car Club. He was a member of the following clubs: The West
Virginia Club, The Heart of Florida Model A Club, The Villages AACA Club, The KOTR AACA Club, and The Shenandoah Regional AACA Club of Winchester, Virginia. He had a great love of antique cars and owned many over the years. He has been a member of the National AACA Club for 50 years.
The Grant’s bought their first home in The Villages in 1997. The continued to travel back and forth to their home in Martinsburg, during the summer months for 16 years. They moved permanently to The Villages in 2012.
Bob was a member of The Chapel of Christian Faith where he was a member of the choir. He was also a member of the Rosemont Grace Brethren Church in Martinsburg.
A funeral service with Pastor Keith Johnson officiating was held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at the
Chapel of Christian Faith, The Villages, Florida. A memorial service and burial will be held on Sept. 11, 2015, in Martinsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Chapel of Christian Faith, 1401 Paradise Drive, The Villages, Florida 32159.
Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, Florida.