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Dr. David F Granville
CLEVELAND - David F. Granville Jr., of Cleveland, MS, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland. He was 64.
Visitation will be Monday, October 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Bayou Academy Gymnasium in Cleveland. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Bayou Academy Gymnasium. Reverend Robert Haney, Dr. Shane Blanton and Warren Bell will officiate the service.
Dr. Granville, or doc, as he was affectionately known, was born on February 18, 1954, to David F. and Jean (Dannreuther) Granville Sr., in Chicopee, MA. He graduated Henry C. Conrad High School in 1972 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Delaware, and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Cincinnati. Dave later earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Andersonville Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Theology from Northwestern Theological Seminary.
On May 22, 1999, Dr. Granville married Susan T. Truskey. In 2004, the family moved to Port Gibson, MS, where Dave was employed at Chamberlain Hunt Academy as a science teacher and was promoted to commandant. They later moved to Mendenhall, MS, where he was headmaster of Simpson Academy. In 2012, Dr. Granville and Su moved to Cleveland where he was employed as headmaster of Bayou Academy.
A devout Christian, Dr. Granville was also called to the Ministry. He was the pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Cleveland and Greenville. He also ministered at Dockery Baptist Church and served as a guest pastor at several area churches before taking the pastorate position at Interstate Baptist Church.
Dr. Granville dedicated his life to serving others. Throughout his life, he left an indelible mark on the communities where he lived and worked. He was a natural born leader and thrived on coaching and teaching others. His selflessness was ever-present, and he would go out of his way to lend a helping hand.
For as hard as he worked, Dr. Granville played equally hard. He was a lifelong, committed athlete who loved all sports. He was the basketball coach and assisted with several other sports at the academies where he worked. He was an intense competitor and loved to win, but was always fun and magnanimous.
Perhaps a lesser known fact was that Dr. Granville was also a creative writer, and has written several songs, children’s books and poems. He wrote his wife, Su, a beautiful poem for their wedding, and once had a poem published as a part of a collection.
Dr. Granville was a proud and devoted family man. The love of his life was his wife, Su, and she felt his love always. He loved his children and grandchildren deeply and made sure to tell them as much regularly. When his children were younger, he made sure that he coached them in everything that they did. As they got older, he texted them inspirational biblical quotes daily and constantly reminded them that all that mattered was their happiness, health and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Granville will be tremendously missed by all who knew him. He was a gregarious, big-hearted and quick-witted jokester who could always evoke a laugh. His outgoing nature ensured that he never met a stranger. He was always encouraging and lifting others up and made a lasting impression on all he met.
Dr. Granville was preceded in death by his parents, David Granville and Jean Dannreuther, and two sons, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Susan Truskey Granville of Cleveland, MS; Daughter, Vanessa Granville of Washington, DC; Daughter, Claire Granville of Hagerstown, MD; Son, Jordan Granville of Baltimore, MD; Son, Nathan Janni of Hagerstown, MD; Son, Anthony Janni of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Sister, Jennie Banco of Wilmington, DE; Sister, Susan Rector of Middletown, DE; Brother, Mickey Morrow of Earlville, MD; 3 grandchildren, Victoria and Mason Taylor and Easton Socks. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory
The family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity in memory of Dr. David Granville
Pallbearers are Skeeter Bowen, Jordan Granville, Bill Havens, Kenny Jones, Nat Jones and James Waldrop. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Interstate Baptist Church and the faculty and staff of Bayou Academy
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net
I wish I could have talked to Dave before he died. He was at Chamberlain-Hunt Academy when I was a teacher there, and he always had something uplifting to say to me and the cadets. I remember when he had both knees replaced and he came to work the next day on crutches. A few days later he got rid of the crutches and was playing basketball! Years ago he called me on the phone one day. I had not spoken to him in a long time. I wish now that I had kept in touch. We lose relationships when we get too busy, don't we? I am so sorry, Sue and family. May the Lord comfort you all. Sincerely, Keith Fraley
Keith Fraley Oct 19 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Su, I'm praying for you are Dave's children. Miss you. Mary Ann and Ken Ander
Mary Ann Ander Oct 13 2018 12:00 AM
To Susan and family. How sad to read of the passing of Dave. He wa a great guy with wonderful people skills. He certainly did well and he certainly loved his family. Just before leaving Medina he and I had a great moment and embraced each other and wished each other the best. May God bless you all as you mourn his passing. However the best is to come when you all will be united again with Dave and his Savior Jesus Christ.
Jack and Janice Beedon Oct 9 2018 12:00 AM
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
April Fearby Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM
Su, know you both have been in my prayers lately as God put you on my mind. I've thought of you both fondly over the years. May God hold you close
Lisa Bilotta Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM
Su so very sorry to see this. Prayers for you and the family. Think of you often.
Myrt Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM
Dear dear man of God.
I knew him many years ago. He was the most wonderful and kind and generous boss and person.I could still call him friend. So very sorry and prayers for the family. RIP
Sue Page Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM
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Ryan and I will miss Dave. He was a great boss to both of us and even better match maker. Without Dave not sure how long it would have taken us to get together. Thank you and know that he will be missed by many.
Teresa Wilkins Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM
My condolences to the family he was my boss for 7years when I worked at the YMCA in medina my heart goes out to his family
Charlene Taylor Oct 8 2018 12:00 AM