William A. Gantt Sept. 3, 1924 – Nov. 16, 2015 SOUTH BEND – Mr. William A. Gantt (Mr. Bill, Poppy) went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 16, 2015. He was surrounded by his family who loved and respected him dearly. He was 91 years old. Mr. Gantt was born to Nellie Mae Ezell and Thomas Lee on September 3, 1924, in Mound City, Arkansas. He gave His life to Christ and was baptized at the age of 14 at Second St. John Church in Arkansas. He served his country dutifully for 18 years. Mr. Gantt was so loyal and dedicated to his country that he served time in the U.S. Army, and after ending his career in that branch of service, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He resided in Cleveland, Ohio, for most of his life and retired as an Environmental Engineer. His hobbies were watching sports (The Ohio State Buckeyes being his favorite team), solving crossword and word search puzzles. In February of 2000 he married his childhood crush, Vera King, whom he treated like a queen. They moved to South Bend, Indiana, in 2010 where he resided until his death. Surviving along with his wife, Vera, are a sister, Sam Ella Shields; two daughters, Ella Mae Gantt and Chanel Whitby; five sons, Ricardo, Ronald (Dakota), Calvin (Annie), Bruce, Tyrone and Dwayne Gantt. Also, nine stepchildren were blessed to have him in their lives: Assata Damani, Sylvia Moran (Charles), Cynthia King-Harris (Fred), Rev. James King (Cathy), Elton King (Kathy), Howard King (Karen), Timothy King and John King (Mary). Mr. Gantt is also survived by one nephew, Alfred Banks, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Billy Gantt, and a stepson, Joseph L. King. Mr. Gantt was a gentle, humble, soft-spoken man with a heart of gold. He was slow to anger and quick to love and accept others. He will be truly missed by his family, but we take pride in knowing he is now in the presence of God receiving his crown of righteousness.
Mr. Gantt’s funeral is 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21, with visitation one hour before the service in Cobb Funeral Home, 3525 S. Michigan Street. Friends are invited to leave messages of condolence at http://www.cobbfuneralhomes.com.