John Smith Grant, Jr., of Keysville, Virginia, peacefully departed this life on Saturday, February 10, 2024.  He was the son of John and Laura Grant born on May 18, 1940.

“Tommy,” as he was affectionately known, was raised in Charlotte County and would call it his home for the remainder of his life.  John and his six siblings grew up together in the historic “Grant House,” located between Keysville and Drakes Branch.  Later in life, John drove a tractor-trailer for a while, and was employed at the Keysville Spinning Mills.  His namesake would forever be associated with the famous lighted “Christmas Star” he made for the Mill, and every Christmas the “Star” would adorn the Mill and light up the town for the Christmas season.  John was an avid sportsman and loved to hunt.  He also was one of the biggest fans of his grandchildren when they played ball. As time passed, John returned to work in Keysville for Appomattox River Manufacturing (Genesis) until he retired.  He continued to love spending time with his grandchildren. John will be greatly missed by friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Margaret Carolyn Grant (née Newcomb) and twin great-grandchildren, Aubrey Michael and Adaline Belle Church.

He is survived by his immediate family: two daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Thomas of Farmville and Karen (Scott) Parsons of Keysville; two sisters, Helen (Hugh) Wallace and Myrtle Osborne; five grandchildren, Theodore “Tad” Reynolds, Christopher “C.J.” (Fallon) Harmon, Alice (Sam) Church, Nicholas “Nick” Harmon and Julie Crowe, Laura Harmon and Jerald Price; and eight great-grandchildren.

Family and friends of John Smith Grant, Jr. will gather together for visitation in his memory and to celebrate his life at Browning-Duffer Funeral Home on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery in Keysville. At the request of the family, those wishing to express sympathy should, in lieu of flowers, support and contribute to the Keysville Volunteer Fire Department, the Charlotte County Rescue Square, or the Barksdale Cancer Foundation. Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.


Condolence Messages

  1. Robbie D. Pryor

    11 February 2024 1 week ago

    Tommy’s father and my grandfather( Albert Grant) were brothers. So sorry to learn of Tommy’s passing. May God give you comfort and peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Robbie D. Pryor

  2. Anne Stearnes

    11 February 2024 1 week ago

    So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and peace at this difficult time.

  3. Natasha Campbell

    11 February 2024 1 week ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for all of his family and friends during this time.

  4. Rosa Friend

    11 February 2024 1 week ago

    sending prayers and condolences to Karen and all the family/friends. sorry for y’all loss


    12 February 2024 1 week ago


  6. Rita Robinette

    14 February 2024 1 week ago

    condolences to Karen,Debbie and family. He will always be remembered by his Wayland family.

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