Stephen Rickey Grant was born September 26, 1964 in Charleston, South Carolina to Stephen and Edith Grant. Stephen was affectionately known as “Rickey” to his family, and childhood friends. He attended Charles A. Brown High School where he played basketball, and graduated from Gordon H. Garrett High. After high school, Stephen served his country in the U.S. Navy.
Stephen was a life-long learner with a commitment to formal education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Union College, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Real Estate Development from Georgetown University.
Stephen’s career in finance spanned several organizations in the Washington Metro area including Children’s National Medical Center where he served as the Director of Sponsored Programs, and the Marriot Foundation for People with Disabilities where he served as Director of Finance. At heart, he was an entrepreneur. Stephen established several business ventures including Fusion Barbershop and Afritag.
At the time of his death, Stephen was employed with his church, the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Stephen cherished the opportunity to use his professional skills to advance the kingdom of God. He was a committed Christian who acknowledged the Lord in all his ways.
Stephen was a compassionate man who enjoyed helping others. He particularly enjoyed mentoring and encouraging young people. Stephen treasured the moments spent with his children, nieces and nephews.
On Monday, July 12, 2021, Stephen entered eternal rest in Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Edith Grant; brothers, Bernard Grant and Gary Grant; sister, Aliyah “Avis Grant” Bey; nephews, Anwaar Smith, Jameen Smith, and Rashard Grant; aunts, Louise Ellington Toomer, Lewis Toomer, and Lottie Gadsden (Jerome).
Stephen leaves to cherish his memories: three sons, Rashard Simmons, Ethan Lord, and Gary Grant; two grandchildren, De’nazja Simmons and Zymauri Simmons; five sisters, Daisy Pender, Gloria Smith, Deborah Kyles, Cornette Cole (Glen), and Yolanda Green; one sister-in-law, Doris Grant; twelve nephews, Craig Grant, John Pender, Algernon Wright, Redante Wright, Bernard Henderson, Jabbar Smith, Kiev Juan Smith, Tyree Teko Smith, Brandon Cole, Austin Cole, Rashaan Green, and Hikeem Green; eight nieces, Tamara Wright, Demetrial Kyles, Karen House, Briona Kyles, Tennille Grant, Dhmir Grant, Garis Grant, and Kandice Green; four aunts: Julia Ann Wright (John), Carolyn Dickerson (Bobby), Ella Mae Meyers, and Daisy Washington; three uncles, Samuel Davis (Leola), Nathaniel Ladson, and Vincent Horlback (Tiffany); and a host other relatives and friends.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
3600 Brightseat Rd. Landover, MD 20785
Visitation: 10 - 11 AM (Livestream link below)
Friday, July 30, 2021
4060 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405
Visitation: 5 - 7 PM
Saturday, July 31, 2021
St. James Memorial Garden
Graveside Service: 11 AM
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