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Ray Granger, age 85, of Unicoi, died Wednesday, July 18, at Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Alexandria, Va., on April 26, 1927 to Raymond T. and Mary Granger of Newport, R.I.
He grew up in Newport, R.I., where he started caddying at the age of 10 at the Newport Country Club. He served in the Army from 1945-1947. He hitchhiked to Alaska where he worked in the logging industry and later for the Fish and Game to Escondido, Calif., where he spent the next 13 years teaching elementary school and caddying during his off time.
Over the years, he caddied at Seminole, Fla., Castle Pines Colo., Shinnecock, N.Y., La Costa and Eldorado Country Clubs in Southern California and numerous others.
In 2001, he moved to Unicoi where he began auditing classes at East Tennessee State University. He had a passion for sports and became a great friend and encourager to many of the athletes, as well as the faculty.
At the age of 78, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty Boan and Jean Northup and his brother Robert “Tip” Granger.
Survivors include a sister-in-law: Eleanor Granger of Portsmouth, R.I.; two daughters: Stacy Staggs and husband Mark, of Blair, Okla., and Sheri McAvoy and husband Brian of Unicoi; grandchildren: Kylee Crawford and husband Eric, Karina and Kelsey McAvoy and Bailey and Makenna Staggs and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Mr. Granger’s lifestyle, there will be a casual celebration of life at Grace Fellowship Church, on Tuesday, July 24. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m., with a memorial service following.
A scholarship has been set up in his memory. Checks can be made payable to Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association, with “Ray Granger Men’s Basketball” in the memo, and mailed to: Men’s Basketball, P.O. Box 70707, Johnson City, TN 37614
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Valley Funeral Home is in charge.