Grant remembered as great mayor who put family, others first
Former Dothan mayor James Grant was remembered Thursday for family, leadership, and vision. Grant died Monday following a battle with cancer.
“He was a visionary. As a mayor, he brought industry here, he brought jobs here,” J. Danny Cooper told a large gathering. He knew Grant for decades through their affiliation with the Alabama Association of Realtors.
Grant served as mayor from 1973-1981 and, most recently, was chairman of the Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority. He was active in community affairs including the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and civic clubs.
During his tenure as mayor, Grant helped construct new recreation complexes. He is also credited with luring major industry to Dothan. In his later years he worked tirelessly to restore downtown.
In business, Grant founded a successful construction and real estate company. He also owned a drafting business that had three locations.
Son, Wes, called his dad a loving man but admitted he could be strict at times. Wes Grant said he accepted a position with his father’s company to begin work after college graduation. The younger Grant said he had a “hiccup” in his thesis that delayed graduation briefly. His first check was for only minimum wage.
“I marched into his office and said I though we agreed on a salary and he said I thought we agreed you would graduate,” Wes chuckled at his father’s funeral service held at First Baptist Church.
Dr. Johnny Fain, Grant’s pastor, challenged the survivors by what Grant often said. “You keep dreaming, you keep walking, keep seeing not only today but tomorrow.”
James Grant was 82 years old.
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