Thomas “Tom” Harold Grantham, 72, of Miami, Texas, passed away November 22, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be a private funeral service held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Miami with Monty Wheeler, officiating. Livestreaming of the service will be available at www.carmichael-whatley.com and First Baptist Church of Miami’s Facebook page. Burial will follow in the Roberts County Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors. The family requests that those attending the burial wear a mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic and family health concerns.
Thomas “Tom” Grantham was born March 14, 1948 to Loron and Hellen (Smith) Grantham in Wellington. Tom grew up in Miami, and at 18, he traded home for Canyon, where he secured a degree in Accounting at West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M). He spent the next several years testing out other Texas cities, and was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Cynthia Lancaster, in none other than Cowtown itself, Fort Worth. After charming his way into her heart, they married and returned to his Panhandle roots in the mid-80s, moving first to Pampa and then to Miami. It was in Pampa that he founded a CPA firm, where he practiced accounting for more than 30 years.
Tom was an active member of the community. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Miami, serving as a Sunday School teacher for numerous years. He sat on the Miami ISD School Board for many years and also served as the School Board President. Some might even remember the days when he volunteered as a contributing columnist for the Miami Chief.
Tom was a man of many talents and had a gift for sketching, history, and genealogy. He was most proud of his three daughters. He passed along to them his love of dancing, golf, Sam Cooke and Frankie Valli, camping, cheesecake, basketball, Converse shoes, napping, MGD, and trucker hats. Tom never met a stranger and enjoyed long conversations of various topics with his family, friends, and clients. But perhaps, the greatest title he held was that of Papa; and boy do those little girls love their Papa.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents (1988, 1989) and brother, Joe (1992).
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Cynthia of the home; three daughters, Amanda Grantham and Ernest Garza of Austin, Delia James and husband Nathan of Amarillo, and Alyne Jenkins and husband Brandon of Amarillo; a brother, J.L. Grantham and wife Jacque of Amarillo; sister, Betsy Grantham and husband David Lee of Pampa; brother, Bill Grantham of Austin; sister, Mary Lou Kropp and husband John of Portales, NM; granddaughters, Cambrie and Reagan Jenkins; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Miami, 114 E. Witchita St., Miami, Texas 79059 the Roberts County Museum, PO Box 306, Miami, Texas 79059, the Miami/Roberts County Volunteer Fire Department, 214 N. Main, Miami, Texas 79059, Breast Cancer Resource Center (www.bcrc.org), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org), or a charity of your choice.