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Larry Grantham, our precious husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, all-time favorite Ole Miss Rebel, and New York Jet won the ultimate victory of all, Saturday June 17, 2017. A visitation and life celebration reception will be 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Stringer Funeral Home, Crystal Springs. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs. Interment will follow the service at Crystal Springs City Cemetery.
Larry was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. He graduated from Crystal Springs High School and attended the University of Mississippi. Larry was a football champion at all levels: Crystal Springs High School, South Little Dixie; Ole Miss, SEC; and New York Jets, NFL, Super Bowl III Champions. College highlights and honors included: All SEC, SEC Team (1959) of the Decade, and Ole Miss Team of the Century. Larry played professional football for 13 years and he was honored to be a part of the Super Bowl III Champion team 1969; Jets MVP 1970; and served as AFL Players Association Representative for 10 years. In 1980, Larry was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Larry was most recently selected and inducted in the prestigious New York Jets Ring of Honor in 2011.
Larry found great joy in spending time with family and friends. Most importantly, his faith, passion and spiritual health was fulfilled in helping others through his work with the Freedom House, and he was recognized by having one named in his honor.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Cornelius Grantham and Mable Julia Whittington; and a brother, Ronald Grantham. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Carlin Grantham; daughter, LeAnne (Rick) Williams; son, Jamie (June) Grantham; stepdaughter, Angie (Phil) White. Also survived by grandchildren Craig Grantham, Pat (Lyndse) Williams, Josh (Pam) White, Cris Grantham, Lacey (Ben) Whittington, Anna (Chuck) Robbins, Kayla Grantham and Trey (Michelle) Grantham. He is survived by two great-granddaughters, Ady Williams and Harper Whittington. Also survived by sisters Carlene (Lynn) Ainsworth, Jean Lingle, Ann Greer; and brother Carey (Clara) Grantham, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Freedom House New Jersey, 2004 Route 31 N, Suite 1, Clinton, NJ 08809 and online at www.FreedomHouseNJ.com or charity of choice.
Please visit StringerFuneral.com for online guestbook.
Published on June 19, 2017
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