Jesse Colson Grant

Jesse Colson Grant

November 13, 1941 - November 5, 2022

Jesse Colson Grant, 80, of Corbin, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at Baptist Health Corbin on Saturday, November 5, 2022, surrounded by friends and family.

Jesse was born November 13, 1941, to Bill and Mabeth Grant.   He graduated from Corbin High School in 1961.

Jesse loved and was loved by many.   Jesse was passionate about the Corbin Redhounds and the University of Kentucky football, having played guard for both teams.  He was inducted into the Corbin High School Hall of Fame in 1983 (1957-61) and was also a member of the K Club.   He received many All-State, All-American, and All-Southern Team honors and mentions in the Boys From Corbin and The Thin Thirty Team by Shannon Ragland.

In 2008, the Kentucky Chapter of the National Football League Players Association recognized the University of Kentucky 1961 Thin Thirty Team with the Blanton Collier Award for their integrity on and off the field.

He spent many years spelunking and many of his artifacts are now on display in local colleges.  He loved being outdoors at Laurel Lake, shooting black powder, or working in one of his many gardens.   In his later years, he loved birdwatching and spending time with his animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” and Mabeth Browning Grant; siblings:  Jean Buttery, Madge McCreary, and Harold Grant.; wives:  Phyllis Goins Grant (Robin and Chuck) and Brenda Moore Grant (Rick, Tonya and Kelli).

He is survived by two sisters; Shirley Parman of Dallas and Marjorie Short Dunaway of Michigan; former wife and mother of his daughter, Joyce Grant; and his daughter, Tonia Kraus (Tri) of Nashville; along with numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and special friends: Shawn Powers Bryant, Darrel Tubbs, and Trish Frazier.

At Jesse’s request, there will be no funeral service.   His ashes will be scattered in the Grant Family plot at McFarland Cemetery and in a few of his favorite places.  Jesse loved Corbin and the USA.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Corbin High School football program, any Veteran Service Organization, or the NRA.

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  • Sherry Short
    Posted at 19:38h, 07 November Reply

    We all loved our Uncle Jesse! He was the best of the best! So many wonderful, happy, funny memories! Heaven just got a little brighter with him there!
    Love from all of us Jess! We will always hold you in a special place in our hearts ❤️

  • Ken Short
    Posted at 07:04h, 08 November Reply

    I couldn’t have asked for a better Uncle then Jesse was to me. I always looked forward to summer vacations because we were going to Corbin and Uncle woud most of the time be there. So now, you and Pa hang together again!! I’ll always love and miss you Unc

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