William "Bill" M. Grant Jr.

March 14, 1940March 18, 2021

William M. Grant, Jr., known to friends and family as Bill, passed on March 18, 2021.

The son of Elizabeth Matthews and William Marvin Grant, Sr., Bill was born and raised in Ware Shoals, SC. He attended Ware Shoals High School, where he excelled in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and sports. Most notable among these was his participation on the golf team, as it fostered his life-long love of the sport.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, where he was known as “Mudcat”, a nickname that would follow him for the rest of his life. Among his many activities, he served as senior class president, on the Presidential Advisory Council, and as copy editor of the yearbook. He graduated in 1962 with honors, and was awarded the John O. Wilson Ring, given annually to the member of the first class “voted by his or her classmates as finest, purest and most courteous member of the class”. He attended law school at the University of Virginia before serving two years in the US Army.

Upon completion of his active military service, Bill returned to upstate SC to begin a law career that spanned more than forty years and included the co-founding of his own firm in 1990: Grant & Leatherwood, PA, with Judith Ann Leatherwood. He retired from active litigation in 2008 but continued to provide mediation services in a wide variety of general and complex civil matters.

In addition to being an avid golfer, Bill was also a voracious reader who was deeply curious about the world around him. He loved to travel, and could spend hours wandering museums, hiking through national parks, or exploring the world below us while deep-sea diving.

His family history fascinated him as well, and he went to great lengths to trace his lineage back to its Scottish origins, earning him a place in the St. Andrews Society. He was also most recently a member of the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church of Greenville, SC.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Mary Alice Grant, of Sapphire, NC; his sister, Betty Martin, of Little River, SC; and a bevy of extended family and loved ones: Judith Leatherwood Grant; Robert E. Wall; Duncan Baker; Christie Quinn; Grant Martin; Will Martin; Meredith Martin Bertrand; Ashley, Justin, and Tristan Crawford; Rob, Mackenzie & Easton Wall; Justin Wall; and last, but certainly not least, his constant companions, two dachshunds – Oprah and Otis Grant.

Due to constraints of the current pandemic, a Celebration of Bill’s Life will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Academic Enhancement Fund at The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409, or online at

Condolences can be sent to Bill's family at


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Sandra Teel

March 31, 2021

It saddens me that I will see Bill no longer here on earth. I have many cherished memories but perhaps the most fun was his attending a party at my house - and dancing - and wearing his kilt. Rest peacefully, friend.

alan Robinson

March 31, 2021

Rest in Power, Bill.
You were a role model for many of us Citadel graduates.

Roxanne Cordonier

March 30, 2021

Bill was my next door neighbor at The Park. We chatted during his daily walks with Oprah and Otis. When Otis had back surgery, Bill had a ramp built for him so he could get down the front steps. He loved those little dogs. He will be missed.

Ruthanne Deyo

March 30, 2021

Bill was a wonderful and trusted friend for the last fifteen years of his life. We shared so many laughs, a few tears and thoughtful conversations. He will certainly be missed.

Frank Mitchell

March 30, 2021

I am hurting right now. Bill was one of my very close friends from Ware Shoals. We went swimming in the Ware Shoals pool together, we double dated, and I always knew he was the smart one. Bill "followed me" to The Citadel and as an upperclassman I spent time with Bill making sure he would be able to navigate the rigors and the demands of The Citadel. I only was able to meet with Bill one time after we both graduated. Bill came to Richmond, Virginia where my wife Barbara and I lived. He came to take a deposition and I was able to connect Bill with a University of Virginia law school classmate. We had a fleeting wonderful time together, but we were never able to work out a person to person visit again. I am sadden by this great loss of a dear friend.

Garvin Young

March 30, 2021

I played on the Ware Shoals High School golf team with Bill in 1958. We weren't very strong that year but really enjoyed getting out of school early to play a golf match. He had a Greenville News paper route in high school, and I was his sub. He walked carrying a "paper bag" on his shoulder. They were so heavy you would empty it then go back and pick up the rest. Much too heavy to carry all at one time. Couldn't afford a car back then. Spent the night with him some and never could get over the window he had to have open in the winter times
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Ken Porter

March 30, 2021

Bill and I probably tried more cases in the Country Court than any two lawyers with the Hon. James H.Price Jr., presiding.
He was a gentleman and acted according with me during all those many battles.
I will forever miss my dear friend.

Bill Shaughnessy

March 30, 2021

Oftentimes I wish that I had revealed my thoughts and feelings to those recently departed. This is one of those times. Bill was a mentor to me and numerous other younger lawyers at the Haynsworth Law Firm in the early 70's. He was a kind and gentle man and, during a time when lawyers actually tried cases, the best trial lawyer I have ever known. Rest in Peace, Bill


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Bryan Hickey

March 29, 2021

Just as Bill brought peace to many as a kind man, and in his brilliant career as an extraordinary lawyer, may he forever rest in peace and joy in the hands of God. Thank you Bill for all you did and all you taught, and most importantly for the good you sought. Those of us blessed to practice with you are forever in your debt.