Jeanette Spears Grant, 96, late head of kitchen staff

February 6, 2018

Jeanette Spears Grant, who was an avid traveler and chef, died on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018. She was 96.

She was born on Nov. 26, 1922 , to the late Maggie and Mallie Spears in Claussen, S.C. The youngest of seven siblings, Spears Grant was educated in the school system of Florence County, S.C.

She married Robert (Buster) Grant on July 5, 1943. From this union came two sons.

When her husband left to serve in the U.S. Army, Spears Grant moved from South Carolina, and lived briefly with her older brother, Wade, and his wife, Eunice, in Baltimore. While living there, she worked as a cook and hairdresser. She would later follow her passion into a career of food preparation and catering.

After her husband was discharged from the Army, the couple moved to Philadelphia. Despite the move, Spears Grant continued to travel to the South to see family and friends.

While living in Philadelphia, Spears Grant worked for more than 20 years as the head of kitchen staff, all with the same employer. After retiring, she continued to fuel her passion of cooking by helping one of her sons with his sandwich store.

Spears Grant became a Christian at an early age at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Florence. For more than 50 years, she worked at the Ward AME Chapel under the leadership of the late Rev. William Smallwood. She also served in many ministries including the South Carolina club, laymen organization, assistant class leader for class 13, pastor advocacy group, as well as a member of the kitchen staff.

Spears Grant was predeceased by her husband; stepmother, Beatrice C. Spears; son, Rafiq Grant; and all of her seven siblings.

She is survived her son, Leonard; daughter-in-law, Myra Grant; grandson, LaVar Jameel Grant; two granddaughters, Felice Johnson and Kelly Johnson; two great-granddaughters; one great-grandson, two great-great-granddaughters; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

Services will be held Thursday at Ward Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, 728 N. 43rd St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Service will follow at 10 a.m.

Burial is in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.