S: In Loving Memory of Harold Bernard Granger 8/12/27 - 6/12/13
BC: Loyal | Hard Working | Caring | Generous | Honest | Charitable | Faithful | Loving
FC: In Loving Memory Harold Bernard Granger August 12, 1927 - June 12, 2013
1: When anyone important in your life passes away, you reflect on the effect they have had on you and yours. My preparation of this book began as a simple gift for Momma that would be more that just something to hang on the wall. I'd hoped it would be a gift that would honor Daddy's life and legacy. While I thought it would only take a couple of days, it turned out to be much more. It became a labor of love. Through the preparation of this book, I have been able to reflect on everything that Daddy has meant to me and my sisters. I believe Daddy's greatest quality was his integrity. I try each and every day to conduct myself as he would in this respect, but find it difficult. The standard is just too high. Momma and Daddy have created a family environment where arguments are not acceptable. I don't ever remember an argument of any significance between any of my sisters. Nor have I ever had an argument of any significance with any of them. Daddy didn't talk or lecture much, he taught by example. He opened the store at 6:30 every morning and closed at 7:00 PM, six days a week. We all contributed to our livelihood, and learned the values of hard work. When people fell on hard times, he gave them credit. His generosity was not always rewarded, and he frequently wasn't paid. But, he did it anyway. Momma and Daddy always made it clear that we were the most important things in their lives. They never said it, didn't have to. Their actions were clear. They didn't tell us how we should behave, they behaved that way. Spiritualism, charity and honor weren't discussed. It was just done, there was no other option. When I was young, I didn't appreciate the values I was being taught. As I matured, I began to recognize that everything I am and would become came from them. I began to really appreciate how fortunate I am. I tried to show some of this appreciation by asking Daddy to be the best man in my wedding. I now try to further express my appreciation with this book honoring Daddy's life and family. I know it will fall short in some respects, but I hope it can adequately reflect the impact he and Momma have had on our lives. What it can never do is fill the void left by his absence, nor can it express the love we all have for him and how much we will miss him. His time has come, but his presence will always be felt. I just hope we can live up to the example he has set. We love you Daddy and miss you. | Al | If I could only follow in your footsteps
2: Born To Louis and Elba Leblanc Granger on August 12th, 1927
3: Three Sisters Frances Breaux Bertha Guidry Hazel Judice | Two Brothers Percy Granger Paul Granger
4: At 17 Years Old Circa 1944 Volunteered For The Army
5: Served 2 Years In Japan | Sign Reads 27th Infantry Company I Wolf Hounds
6: Post World War 2
7: Guarding The Castle
8: Married Goldie Blanchard On February 24th, 1952 | Love | Commitment | Family | Memories | Laughter | Happiness | At his passing they had celebrated 61 years of marriage.
9: Together They Had Five Children Four Girls One Boy | Family | Memories | Laughter | Fun | Good Times | Joy | Love
10: Cherie Foti | Born December 31, 1952 | Rusty | Russel
11: Katy | Hunter
12: Kathy Talley | Born March 25, 1955 | John | Pat
13: Mary | Patrick
14: Maria Champagne | Born November 19, 1961 | Lelia
16: Melissa Lovejoy | Born November 19, 1961 | Warren | Shayna | Michael | Matt
17: Adam | Jeffery
18: Harold "Al" Granger | Born August 2, 1963 | Cindy | Chris | Kasey
20: Sixteen Grandchildren
21: The Foti's | Hunter | Katy | Rusty
22: The Talley's | John | Mary | Patrick
23: The Champagne's | Lelia | Jereth
24: The Lovejoy's | Michael | Shayna | Matt | Adam | Jeffery
25: The Granger's | Chris | Nicole | Kasey
26: Four Great-Grandchildren | Gabby | Elliot | Kira | Mia
27: These are other People who were close to Daddy and played an important role in his life. | There were many others, but photographs were not available. | Jeanette Sister-in-law | Gerald Brother-in-law | Angel - Niece | Allen - Brother-in-law | Irby Nephew | "Toot" - Goldie's Aunt | "Frere" - Brother-in-law | Dana - Niece | Flo - Sister-in-law | Pat - Son-in-law | Russel Son-in-law | Warren Son-in-law | Rosie - Niece | Bobby Nephew | Brother Ernest Uncle | Cindy Daughter-in-law | Elie and Lelia Mother and Father In-Law
28: Granger's I.G. | Daddy ran the grocery store from 1958 to 1994 and then leased it for several years. Unfortunately, it is no longer in use and the windows are boarded up. The store supported our family, paid for vacations, sponsored softball teams, funded several college degrees among many other activities. | In the store Daddy sold a full array of groceries. Basically, anything needed to run a household. He also sold clothing, shoes, medication, fishing supplies, ammo, and almost anything you can think of. He also sold gasoline. He gave store credit to people in need. Every Christmas his customers were given a box of Cherry Sips as a token of his appreciation. When Momma and Daddy opened the store in 1958, the family also lived in the same building. We lived there until shortly after Al was born. At one time the whole family of five lived in the building while the store continued to operate. All of the kids and Momma worked in the store at one time or another. Aunt Flo and "Toot" also worked in the store. Jeanette and "Frere" also helped out at times. Relatives and friends were recruited to help with stocking, annual inventory and annual cleaning.
29: There were never any dimes around the house or the store. Momma and Daddy collected them in a cash box to help pay for vacations. We went on a vacation near the end of every summer. | Gatlinburg | Pigeon Forge | Astroworld | Disney World | Nashville | Pensacola | NASA | Galveston | Branson | Dollywood | Six Flags | McAllen | Chattanooga | Orlando | Sea World
30: Granger's I.G. Girls Softball Team | Daddy not only sponsored the softball team, but coached them for most of their history. They played between 1971 and 1984. Cherie played right field, Kathy played shortstop, Maria played mostly first base and Melissa played left field. They won most of the tournaments they entered. We had so many trophies that the store attic was almost full.
31: In 2007, Daddy won the grand prize during the 70th annual SLEMCO meeting held at the Cajundome. He ended up choosing a Chrysler 300.
32: These pictures were worthy of publishing but did not fit anywhere else in this book
34: More Worthy Pictures
35: Daddy passed away on June 12, 2013. This is what he left behind. A varied mix of personalities and interests. Children and grandchildren of multiple professions from education to construction to health care. Certainly more variety to come. But with all this comes one thing that is common to all. We all love each other. Daddy's love has left an impression on us that will follow us for the rest of our lives. We see it in the little ones who go from arm to arm. We see it in the older ones who are always there when needed. We see it in new family members. There are no "step" children or grandchildren. Whenever a new member enters the family, they are welcomed as if they were born to the family. This is what Momma and Daddy have created. People who understand that, in this life, all you have is each other. Anything else is just in passing. You only have a limited time. Any of that time wasted in petty arguments and infighting only takes away from what life is really about. The hope is that we can pass this on through the generations. That we can teach our children the real values that you have taught us. Your body may have passed, but your spirit still lives in the hearts and minds of the people on this page. May your legacy reflect your life and may we honor you each and every day. You are not here, but your presence is undeniable. We love you and miss you. We will hopefully see you again when the Good Lord comes calling for each of us.