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Kathy Gallagher posted a condolence
Monday, May 13, 2019Roy, Kathy, Billy and family: I know youwill miss your father very much but you have many wonderful memories of him to fill your hearts. Royal Maid was the first agency I visited. I will never forget how impressed I was with passionate Johnny was about creating employment for people who are blind and how much he cared about his employees. I still tell people about the first time I got to ride a horse with this great guy Johnny Granger.
Terri J. Brown posted a condolence
Friday, May 10, 2019Roy Granger and Family, Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. May God bless and give you His peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. Your friend, Terri J. Brown Lighthouse Louisiana (Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans, Inc.)
Paul Henry posted a condolence
Friday, May 10, 2019Roy, Cathy, Billy, and all the Granger Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Granger was truly a wonderful person and inspirational leader.
Emil Dupuy posted a condolence
Thursday, May 9, 2019Dear Roy, Cathy, Billy and the entire Granger family, I offer my most heartfelt condolences on John's passing. I first met Johnny when he started with Royal Maid at its inception, I was working for NIB at the time and we were so impressed how he grew Royal Maid into the largest and most prestigious agency for people who are blind in the country. Whenever anyone went to Royal Maid on business, it ended up being more of a fun trip as Johnny would always make everyone feel very much at home and that they were the most important person in town. Johnny was always a great host and I'm pleased I can call him my friend. Johnny, rest in peace, dear friend, and May God Bless You!
Kevin Lynch posted a condolence
Tuesday, May 7, 2019Dear Cathy, Billy, and the Granger family, On behalf of the Board and staff of National Industries for the Blind, please accept our deepest condolences on your father’s passing. Johnny was a mentor, colleague, and friend to me and many at NIB and our associated nonprofit agencies around the country. Many of us knew Johnny for decades, working closely with him to expand employment for people who are blind. Johnny’s leadership, passion, and dedication helped pave roads to independence for hundreds of people who are blind, especially those with other severe disabilities. He will always be remembered as a legend in our field. Our collective heart goes out to you at this difficult time. We are eternally grateful that Johnny dedicated his life to the service of others. Please take comfort in knowing he made a positive difference in the lives of so many, and his legacy will continue to shine brightly. Johnny will be forever missed and never forgotten. Kevin
jeffrey ditchek posted a condolence
Tuesday, May 7, 2019Cathy, As hard as I tried i cant seem to make the trip down to Talladega work considering I am not anywhere near a major airport and medical issues going on right now. I am so sorry for this but promise to visit you, Billy and pay my respects to John and Mary when I am next down south. As I know you know, John and I had a special bond and it will not simply go away by his passing. When I told my daughter of John dying she cried as she knew how much I loved this man. As a 25 year old, my first visit to Royal Maid was with Dan Boucher. I was with NIB maybe 6 weeks. I remember it very clearly. Why a young Jewish New Yorker and an established and largest Industry for the Blind Leader would see something in me that he wanted to cultivate was an honor I could not shake. It turned into a friendship, a horseback riding duo and my mentor in so many ways. Maria and I intend to make a donation to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation. When you have the chance, can you tell me the address. There are two pieces of literature that when I read them decades ago I put aside for this very occasion. They spoke to me as only a good writer can in making an impression on us. It seems to me they describe John Granger the man and the professional better than I could express it myself. If the opportunity comes up tonight when all are sharing memories, maybe you can read this to the group. From The Promise by Chaim Potuk- "You are no longer a child, Reuven, . . .It is almost possible to see the way your mind is growing. And your heart, too. . . .So listen to what I am going to tell you. . . .Human beings do not live forever, Reuven. We live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye? . . .I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives the span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one's life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here. Do you understand what I am saying?" Teddy Roosevelt - as if he was talking about John Granger "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. "
Nina Stafford posted a condolence
Monday, May 6, 2019Johnny always made me smile. I met him for the first time shortly after my husband died and his sweet wife Mary had not been gone long. We hit it off immediately. I lived for the stories he would tell or family would relate when I called or visited Talladega. I was privileged to attend the Bad Boys breakfast a couple of times and was treated by one and all as if we had known each other a lifetime. I will always treasure my Johnny made projects. I am sending condolences, love and hugs to the entire Granger family. Oh, the memories we are blessed to have.
Lenette Cunningham posted a condolence
Monday, May 6, 2019I am sorry for your loss, love you all.
Gordon Bryson posted a condolence
Monday, May 6, 2019Cathy, Billy, Roy, Joyce, and all the Granger family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I first met John , as well as Roy and Billy, in 1987 when I attended the NIB training program for new agency personnel in Jackson and Hazlehurst. John made me feel as we'd known each other for years, and I treasured his counsel throughout my tenure at East Texas Lighthouse. May God bless you all with His peace that surpasses all understanding.
Angie Decker posted a condolence
Monday, May 6, 2019My sympathies to Mr Grangers family and friends. My mom considered him one of her best friends (after my dad passed) he would always come by or call to check on her when her health was failing her and she talked greatly about how good a man he was. I’m saddened for yalls loss.
Madeline Thackerson Owen posted a condolence
Monday, May 6, 2019Please know how sorry I am for your loss. I have known and loved your parents all my life. As a child I lived next door to the Griders and I spent almost every waking moment with Uncle Charlie and Aunt Lavinia. The Grangers were frequent visitors there and I became close to them also. One of my earliest memories was the search for little Charlie and the outcome we humans would not have chosen. The last conversation I had with Mr. Johnny was at Oak Hill Cemetery. He had gone to visit Mrs. Mary's grave and I had gone to visit my parent's graves. We talked about the Griders, etc., our losses, etc, we hugged. David and I will be unable to be at the visitation or funeral. He just got out of the hospital from pneumonia last night and I was just diagnosed with it also. I am so sorry for your loss but I can just imagine that heavenly reunion.
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Monday, May 6, 2019