ForeverMissed
This memorial site was created in memory of our loved one, Donald F Grantham, 76 years young as of his passing, born on November 17, 1933, and launched onto his next adventure on May 12, 2010. Forever in our hearts, thoughts, memories, and prayers. 
We'll see you again soon... but not today.
November 15, 2022
November 15, 2022
From: Charlene Grantham
Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Happy Birthday, my Love
To:
  His Eternal Holiness (god@everywhere.org)
  WhoDaMan (dfg#1@granthamenterprises.biz)
  Tod Grantham (rtgrantham@firstborns.com)
  Donald L Grantham (dleegrant@WoodStuff-R-Us.biz)
  Lyle Grantham (Ramon@biggestyoungestyouveeverseen.wow)

You were born 89 years ago today, and brought so much joy and love into the lives of so many. Just to name a few . . . 

The first would have been your sweet, precious Mother. I know the joy a new mother has to bring a son into this world, even when we're wondering "What do I do now?" No doubt, you cried for food, a clean diaper, and lots of love and attention. She gave you all of that, as only a mother can do. She taught you right from wrong and helped you become a young man with strong principles to live by.

The second person whose life you changed would be me. We met in high
school when you were 16. Our paths would cross in the hallways as we went
from one class to another, and every time we met, you would wink at me. My
knees still go weak just remembering. It took us five years of dating to finally
know we wanted to be together, and it was a roller coaster ride from the start.
You called me 'Angel' before we got married, but quickly changed your mind
after we said 'I do', and I thought I was doing okay.  Dumb me! Of course
we had our ups and downs, but I assure you, you did a fantastic job taking
care of me. I always felt loved, and tell everyone you spoiled me. Thank you!

I just hope you knew you were (and still are) the love of my life. I had hoped
we could grow old together, but that wasn't God's plan. I can honestly shout
it from the rooftops that our 55 years of marriage were the best years of my
life and if we could do it over, we'd start sooner than we did.

The other Being you brought joy and love to was our awesome God. I know
He welcomed another one of His precious children when He brought you
home. During your final hours of trying to breathe, I told you more than once
to take God's hand and go home. I did not want to live without you, but it was
painful to watch you struggle, and I knew your Mom would be so happy to see
you. And you know what? At some appointed time, I will join you. I know you
will be watching for me and reaching for my hand and then we can walk hand
in hand for eternity, wrapped in God's unconditional love. 

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020
Many thanks for your contribution, Ron. Always good to hear from the folks closest to Mom & Dad and we appreciate you taking the time to comment. Speaking of that front porch, The Brothers Three just tarted the place up a bit and you'd be welcomed to come check out the new view (see new porch railing pics in the Gallery). Hope you're well! ~Tod
July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020
My Dear Friend, I miss the talks with you and Charlene on the front porch. May your family grow follow you traditions you gave them. The years I work with you I hold dear. With the last thing you gave me was al happened on my day of birthday 12 May and thank you for sending me this Mrs C. Grantham.   Love and miss You Both Ron
November 17, 2017
November 17, 2017
Here's to your special day, Donald F. You remain as talked about, present in people's minds, and loved as always. Miss you and the cat-smile. Keep us a space cleaned out, we'll all see you again soon, though not TOO soon.... Love you. ~T

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November 15, 2022
November 15, 2022
From: Charlene Grantham
Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Happy Birthday, my Love
To:
  His Eternal Holiness (god@everywhere.org)
  WhoDaMan (dfg#1@granthamenterprises.biz)
  Tod Grantham (rtgrantham@firstborns.com)
  Donald L Grantham (dleegrant@WoodStuff-R-Us.biz)
  Lyle Grantham (Ramon@biggestyoungestyouveeverseen.wow)

You were born 89 years ago today, and brought so much joy and love into the lives of so many. Just to name a few . . . 

The first would have been your sweet, precious Mother. I know the joy a new mother has to bring a son into this world, even when we're wondering "What do I do now?" No doubt, you cried for food, a clean diaper, and lots of love and attention. She gave you all of that, as only a mother can do. She taught you right from wrong and helped you become a young man with strong principles to live by.

The second person whose life you changed would be me. We met in high
school when you were 16. Our paths would cross in the hallways as we went
from one class to another, and every time we met, you would wink at me. My
knees still go weak just remembering. It took us five years of dating to finally
know we wanted to be together, and it was a roller coaster ride from the start.
You called me 'Angel' before we got married, but quickly changed your mind
after we said 'I do', and I thought I was doing okay.  Dumb me! Of course
we had our ups and downs, but I assure you, you did a fantastic job taking
care of me. I always felt loved, and tell everyone you spoiled me. Thank you!

I just hope you knew you were (and still are) the love of my life. I had hoped
we could grow old together, but that wasn't God's plan. I can honestly shout
it from the rooftops that our 55 years of marriage were the best years of my
life and if we could do it over, we'd start sooner than we did.

The other Being you brought joy and love to was our awesome God. I know
He welcomed another one of His precious children when He brought you
home. During your final hours of trying to breathe, I told you more than once
to take God's hand and go home. I did not want to live without you, but it was
painful to watch you struggle, and I knew your Mom would be so happy to see
you. And you know what? At some appointed time, I will join you. I know you
will be watching for me and reaching for my hand and then we can walk hand
in hand for eternity, wrapped in God's unconditional love. 

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020
Many thanks for your contribution, Ron. Always good to hear from the folks closest to Mom & Dad and we appreciate you taking the time to comment. Speaking of that front porch, The Brothers Three just tarted the place up a bit and you'd be welcomed to come check out the new view (see new porch railing pics in the Gallery). Hope you're well! ~Tod
July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020
My Dear Friend, I miss the talks with you and Charlene on the front porch. May your family grow follow you traditions you gave them. The years I work with you I hold dear. With the last thing you gave me was al happened on my day of birthday 12 May and thank you for sending me this Mrs C. Grantham.   Love and miss You Both Ron
His Life

To my wonderful husband...

From: Charlene Grantham
Date: Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 11:05 PM
Subject: Message to Dad
To: Tod Grantham <rtgrantham@gmail.com>
To my wonderful husband, the love of my life,
How blessed I have been to have been your wife.
We "grew up" together (because I was so young),
But if we could do it over, we wouldn't wait so long.
The Lord blessed our marriage with three little boys.
Each Christmas was a challenge to figure out their toys.
Our years in the Navy were blessings for all . . .
New places, new friends to later recall.
Then each son found their new love and moved out on their own.
We were always so thrilled when they found their way home.
You would be so proud of the men they are now.
Your example as a Dad was to "learn and know how."
You told them to take care of me each time you had to leave.
They are doing a great job so far - this you can believe!
My desire to grow old with you was not in God's plan,
But some day we'll be together in the perfect Promised Land.
Some days are so lonely - I miss your tender touch.
But I'm thankful for the years we had.  I love you so much!!!

Happy 86th birthday, my love.

P.S.  Thank you again for loving me.  When I used to tell you that,
        your immediate reply would be, "It's been my pleasure!"   I
        still believe you meant exactly that.
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Found another one...

December 8, 2014

On a whim, tried a different search - for Combat Camera Group Atlantic Fleet - and found the following site dedicated to the National Association of Naval Photography.  Why anyone would think pictures of belly-buttons are interesting enough to create a national association for them I'll never know, but to each their own (and to any of the honored members of this association who might happen to view this page, if you knew my Dad, you'd know he'd expect a wise-acre crack from me, so categorically no disrespect intended, we're part of your extended family too).

http://www.navyphoto.net/index.htm
http://www.navyphoto.net/Photomates.pdf

At least Dad (and Mom by extension) has a lifetime membership thereto, so honor them in turn we shall...  All hail the members of NANP!  And our deepest appreciation for you wading into the hells of combat with nothing but a mud-covered Nikon and a sack of prayers.  Generations to come are in your debt for recording the truth and returning it to the light of scrutiny.  Thank you for your service to humanity, I know my father was proud to be associated with you.

Missya Pop...

~Tod 

Dad on the Wire...

June 16, 2012

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