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Rev. James C. Grant

September 6, 1932 – January 31, 2023

Pastor James C. Grant died on January 31, 2023 at the age of 90.

Pastor James Grant, 90, of Plainwell, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Ely Manor in Allegan. Jim was born September 6, 1932 in Cook County, IL, the son of Donald and Jessie (Jemison) Grant. Jim attended Albion College and Garret Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he met his future wife, Alice Sanders. They were united in marriage on June 20, 1959 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Jim began his ministry with the United Methodist Church serving the communities of Almena and Glendale near Paw Paw. He would later go on to serve the communities of Dowagiac, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Byron Center, Otsego, Marion, and Cadillac, retiring from the ministry in 1999. He remained an active parishioner at the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell. In retirement, he and Alice enjoyed traveling, including an especially memorable trip to Israel.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Robert and Donald. He is survived by two sons, David and William Grant; and two grandchildren, Elyn and Uriah Grant.

A funeral service was held at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, where Pastor Jennifer Ward officiated. Jim was laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

While visiting Jim’s webpage at amsfuneralhomes.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell. The family is being cared for by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams St. (269) 685-5881.


*Grant, James Clyde – DECEASED [(RE) D 1958; FE 1959; RE 1999] Almena, Glendale 1957; Dowagiac: First 1960; Grand Rapids: Second 1966; Kalamazoo: Oakwood 1972; Byron Center 3/1/1975; Otsego 1985; Leave of Absence 3/6/1992; Otsego 8/1/1992; Marion, Cadillac: South Community 1994; Retired 6/23/1999.

Last Updated on October 23, 2023

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