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Bessie Grant

Bessie Viola Swanger Grant, 98, a lifelong resident of Lewis Chapel, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 7, 2016. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Murphy Allen Grant; sons, Darvin Winford and Allen Leon Grant; parents, Martin and Elizabeth Turner Swanger; brothers, Azze, Johnny, Victor and Joe Swanger; sisters, Marty Swanger Edwards, Nora Swanger Cranmore, Lillas Swanger Johnson, and Ellen Swanger Cooley.

Survivors include her daughters, Esther Lee and Audrey (Bryan) Gibson; sons, Vernon Eugene “Gene” (Ruby) Grant and Ellis Elbert “Snooks” (Martha) Grant; daughter-in-law, Judy Grant Farley; 99 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special nephews, James and Nannie, Claude and Inez Grant.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 10 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Jeff Smith and Bro. Matt Henderson officiating. Burial was in Varner Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Sequatchie County Cancer Support Network or NHC Sequatchie of Dunlap.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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