Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1960

Freddie Grant FREDDIE ELI GRANT, 76, of Corsicana, TX passed away on Aug. 5, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born on Feb. 27, 1942, to Fred Eddy Grant (RHS-1929) & Mildred Grant (Franklin) in Ranger, TX. Freddie attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1960. He was a hardworking and driven man that never quit working throughout the entirety of his life. He had a love for cars, rebuilding several with his beloved son River, as well as being a professional welder. His main passion in life, however, was fishing. Freddie owned a boat dealership in Fort Worth, TX, and was a Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Texoma, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend where he specialized in helping others to catch Stripers, as well as Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. He was the creator of the T.V. Series "Fun of Fishing with Freddie Grant" which aired from 1977 to 1993 on KTVT Channel 11 Dallas-Fort Worth Texas, and various other cable markets. In his time on the show as a Professional Tournament Angler he traveled the world going from regional lakes across the U.S. to Mexico, South America and even up to Alaska, where he used his aviation license to fly his camera crew from his production company to all of the destinations himself. He became a pioneer of outdoor shows, paving the way for many of the television productions aired today. Freddie was also a very talented musician writing a variety of music from Blues, Classical, Country and even writing the theme song to his own show. He was a wonderful man who lived a life full of adventure. He was loved by many and will be missed tremendously by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors are son, River Grant (Fort Worth); daughter, Charmain Elrod and husband Roger, (Olney); grandchildren, Corey and wife, Taylor and James and wife, Sarah; great- grandchildren, Emma and Riley Elrod as well as Zane and Clayton Thompson; sister, Deborah Tallant and husband, Everett "Buz" (North Richland Hills); and many nieces and nephews.