Funeral services for Roland B. Grant Jr., Chantilly, Virginia, will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 11 a.m., at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Voorhees College, Denmark.
The casket will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Bamberg Memory Gardens, Bamberg County.
Visitation will be from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lebby Funeral Home, 544 South Locust Avenue, Denmark.
Friends may call at the residence of Mrs. C.K. Grant, 117 Holly Avenue, Denmark.
Roland Boyd Grant Jr., son of Celestine K. Grant and the late Roland Boyd Grant Sr., was born in Columbia, on Sept. 1, 1951. He succumbed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and transitioned from this life to one of eternal peace and happiness on May 10, at his home in Chantilly.
He received his BA degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his M.S.W. degree in social work from Atlanta University. While at Morehouse, he was a member of the Morehouse Glee Club, with whom he had the opportunity to travel near and far, including the West Coast of Africa. As a social worker, he provided supportive psychotherapy to severely disturbed urban populations in inpatient and outpatient settings in Daytona Beach, Fla., and in Chicago, Ill., at Michael Reese Hospital. He also studied at the Institut fur Europaische Studien in Vienna, Austria, where he enriched his love of history and art.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Celestine K. Grant of Denmark; three sisters, Mrs. Sybil Shakir (Shem) of St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Audrey Grant of Chantilly and Mrs. Marjorie Lewis (Barren) of Bluffton; one aunt, Mrs. Audrey K. Bryant of Augusta, Ga.; one nephew, Mr. Ngi Cabral Shakir of St. Paul; six nieces, Mrs. Nzinga Ayana Shakir-Amir (Jibrail) of St. Paul, Ms. Nkenge Ayoka Shakir of Decatur, Ga., Ms. Miambi Afi Shakir of St. Paul, Mrs. Celestine Noni Hankerson (Reginald) of Atlanta, Ms. Aziza Imani Patton of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Ms. Rina Eleora Patton of Stone Mountain; and, numerous cousins, relatives and friends.
Flowers may be delivered to Lebby Funeral Home in Barnwell, or, in lieu of flowers, donations in Roland's honor may be forwarded to Morehouse College in Atlanta, his alma mater; or to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, (www.alscenter.org/getinvolved/index.html.
Lebby Funeral Home of Denmark is in charge of arrangements.