Brian Joseph Granger

Brian Joseph Granger, 53, of Old River-Winfree, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. He was born on August 13, 1966, in Kankakee, Illinois to Kenneth “Butch” Granger and the late Mary Jane Bissonnette. Brian graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, class of 1984. He worked as a farmer and in the oilfield industry as a service mechanic on heavy equipment for more than 28 years. Brian had worked for NOV, Precision Drilling, Kone Cranes, and most recently Rig Fabrication. 

Brian was an avid outdoorsman, who was passionate about farming, agriculture, and livestock. He was most comfortable in his bib overalls, boots, the wrench he would always carry in his pocket, and riding his tractor. Brian was a collector of tractors both big and small. If he was not riding a tractor, you were sure to find him riding on an ATV.

Brian was a throat cancer survivor, quite the character, and when around him it was never a dull moment. He was very feisty, sarcastic, and mouthy but he was also the most giving person that you would ever meet. He had the most overwhelming desire to give to so many. Brian pursued many interests, some of which included cooking and barbequing. Whenever he was in charge of cooking, it was a guarantee that you were not eating before 10pm. Brian would volunteer much of his time participating in countywide fundraisers and benefits, Chambers County Youth Project Show and Dayton Olde Tyme Days. He was an avid supporter of the Barbers Hill ISD. Brian’s favorite hobby of all was spending time with the love of his life, Lovie, his kids, and his grandkids. He will be deeply and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Brian was preceded in death by his mother; and his brother-in-law Michael “Carl” Maxcy. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife LaVillda, whom he affectionately referred to as “Lovie”; his children Briana Walsh of Moss Hill, Brian “Bubba” Walsh and wife Cat of Old River, Juanita Hunter and husband Alexander, Jarrod Ard, Jr. and wife Melissa of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Bryce Stratford and wife Racheal of Baytown and Haley Fort and husband Ronnie of Baytown; his grandchildren Paityn, Alisa “Peanut”, Tyson “Bubba”, Jenna, Elisha and one on the way; his siblings Tammy Granger of Newnan, Georgia, Scott Granger and wife Vicki of Grant Park, Illinois, Jill Escobedo of Tell City, Indiana and Amy Granger of Illiana Heights, Illinois; his sister-in-law Melissa Maxcy Oxner and husband Bobby of Mississippi; his brother-in-law David Maxcy and wife Kelly of Maine; and a host of many other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2pm until 4pm, on Saturday, June 13, 2020, in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton. A celebration of Brian’s life will follow at 4pm at the funeral home.

To send flowers to Brian’s family, please visit our floral store.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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