Roy B. Gant, 89, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, in Erie County Care Facility.
He was born on March 30, 1918, in Sandusky to Abe and Ada (Sherman) Gant. He was a long-time member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was employed for 40 years by Vulcan Material until he retired in April 1983. Roy was a graduate of Sandusky High School where he participated in football and track. He was inducted in the Sandusky High School Hall of Fame May 4, 1991, for football, basketball and track. He was a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1942. He was inducted into the Florida A&M Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 3, 1989, for football. Roy was a 4-year All American at Florida A&M University. He was honored as an "unsung hero" in the field of "lifetime achievement" by the NAACP June 16, 2001. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing, grilling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his children, Roy Allen (Katherine) Gant, Darrell Roland (Lisa) Gant and Michael Edwin (Carolyn) Henderson, all of Sandusky, Tamara Gina (Dana) Taylor and Joyce Ann (Roy) Bratton, both of Toledo; grandchildren, Jerel Lamon Henderson, Orian Jamar Henderson, Danielle Scheree Gant, Loren Mirese Henderson, Phillip Michael Henderson, Alexis Savannah Gant, Donovan Michael Gant, Troy Lash, Eric James Lash and Shirley Ann Lash; nine great-grandchildren; brother, William Gant of Sandusky; sisters-in-law, Eva Turner and Mildred Gant; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years, Anna Lou (Larry) Gant; his parents; five brothers, Robert, Herman, London, Albert and Ralph; and three sisters, Inez (Gant) Crosby, Geneva (Gant) Wilson and Christine (Gant) Baxley.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky. His son, the Rev. Darrell Gant, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to toftfh.com.