Lieutenant Commander Nick Hoyt Grantham | Obituaries | The Press and Standard

by | January 25, 2016 8:34 pm

Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Lieutenant Commander Nick Hoyt Grantham, United States Navy (Ret.), 79, of Islandton, affectionately known as “Red”, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, January 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at Veteran’s Victory House Nursing Home under the care of Patriot Hospice.

Funeral services were held 2 pm, Friday afternoon, January 22, 2016, at Edisto Baptist Church, 4831Edisto River Road, Branchville. Interment with full military honors followed in the church cemetery.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 31, 2016, at Forest Hills Independent Baptist Church, 317 Forest Hills Drive, Hartsville.

Born October 13, 1936 in Hartsville, SC, he was a son of the late Nathan Grantham and Dorothy Alice King Grantham Sowell. He served his country faithfully in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War having retired after twenty years of service and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While serving in the Navy, he received the Bronze Star as well as the Combat Achievement Medal. He then worked for John Crane where he retired as a sales person. He received his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering from OC Technical College. Nick was known for his strong work ethic and the devotion he gave to the tasks at hand. Even in his retirement he continued to work, having along with other retiree’s operated The Grantham Shop, which was a handyman service to those who needed their service. He also loved and was skilled at farming and carpentry.

He was a member of Edisto Baptist Church where he had been active in most aspects of the church’s work. He was a member and Post Commander of both the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars – Post 1181 and American Legion – Camp 53. He was also a member of Hartsville Masonic Lodge, No. 173, as well as the Hartsville Rotary.

Surviving are: his five children, Donna Grantham Avant and her husband Patrick of Islandton, Vicky Grantham Tyler and her husband John of Wagener, Patricia Grantham Turner and her husband Stephen of Lexington, David Nicholas Grantham and his wife Evelyn of Hartsville, and Craig Nick Grantham of Bamberg; his children’s mother, Emily Schurr Grantham of Bamberg; a sister, Mary Frances “Shankie” Johnson of Conway; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Calvin “Midget” Grantham; and a sister, Louise “Nookie” Grantham Ehrhardt.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Administration, Nurses, and Staff of the Veteran’s Victory House as well as to all of those who provided much love and care to Mr. Nick in the years he has been a resident in the Victory House.

The family has requested that memorials be directed in his memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605; or donate at:

Arrangements by: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, EHRHARDT-BAMBERG CHAPEL, 2515 Lowcountry Highway, Ehrhardt, 803.267.1971. Visit the online registry at:

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