Joseph Grant

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Joseph R. Grant
SEVERN, N.C.—Joseph Rueben Grant of Severn, N.C., passed away July 18, 2010, at the home of his daughter Betty Jo Bain.
Born on Aug. 2, 1922, he was the son of the late Ulysses Rueben and Janie Joyner Grant.
A Veteran of World War II, Joe served as a platoon sergeant in the 79th Infantry Division 3rd Army, and after being wounded in Normandy, he crossed Europe with Patton and helped relieve Bastange in the Battle of the Bulge. Joe received numerous commendations throughout the war before returning home, where he met his wife of 50 years, Anne Benthall.
After a short farming career, Joe began his 35-year career as an automobile salesman.
He enjoyed his retirement, traveling with his wife, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend.
He will be greatly missed. He was one of the last of what is often called America’s Greatest Generation.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife.
Joe is survived by his son, Thomas Benthall Grant; granddaughters Danielle E. Grant and Julia B. Grant and their mother, Kristi Griffin Grant, all of Virginia Beach; daughter Betty Jo Bain and her husband, Walter P. Bain, of Capron; granddaughters and their families, Tiffany Anne Pecht and her husband Laine Pecht, of Capron, Jessica Marilyn Hoffman and her husband, Andrew, and their son, Grant Cole Hoffman, all of Culpepper, and Alexandra McNeely Bustin and her son, Hunter Lee Bustin of Courtland; a sister, Emma Warren Martin of Conway and her children, Glenn Warren and Joanne Bass.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today, July 21, at Severn Baptist Church with the Rev. Brent Hobbs presiding.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Town of Severn Cemetery.
The family will received friends at Bridgers Funeral Home on Tuesday and requests that anyone wishing to share a memorial gift in honor do so with any Army veterans organization.