Thurman Donald Grantham

February 14, 1956May 4, 2019

Thurman Donald Grantham, 63, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital following an extended battle with colon cancer.

He was born on Tuesday, February 14, 1956, in Union City, Indiana, the son of Ira and Mary (Herman) Grantham. Thurman was an auto body man for Muncie Imports and Classics and loved restoring cars. He liked creating art, enjoyed classic cars, classic rock, and having a good time.

Survivors include his daughters, Denna, Brandi, and Lissa; grandchildren, Tristan, Bailey, and Danika; great-grandchildren, Adalyn and Gracelynn; his mother, Mary; and brothers, Lee and Roy.

He was preceded in death by his father; and his beloved wife, Marilyn.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Elm Ridge Memorial Park, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, 47304.

Elm Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at


  • Graveside Service: Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Shay Joyce

May 19, 2019

Thurman was a very nice man to me. We was good friends and he helped me out with a lot of things. He was texting me prior to his passing to come see him but I had a crazy work schedule and the very last time I talk to him that I was gonna come, his grandkids told me he was not well. I was completely devasted and then he passed. I didnt even get a chance to say goodbye but he was very sweet and nice man. I send my condolences to his whole family...

Kim Forbes Hartsock

May 10, 2019

Thurman, you were one of the most unique, talented, and kind hearted classmates in school. You always marched to your own beat and drum! Loved your spirit! You fought a brave fight and you will be missed! Rest In Peace Thurman.

Stacey Young

May 7, 2019

The first day I painted at Muncie imports Thurman was watching me and when I came out of the booth he said to aren't painting locomotives anymore...slow down, take your time, use less material...he helped me with the transition from hiflo industrial to normal automotive....when he started showing me old school tricks it was apparent he had forgotten more about painting then most people know...I was proud to call him a friend and will miss him ....the world lost an artist.

Rick Carnes

May 7, 2019

When I first started at Muncie imports, Thurman and I would pass each other frequently between buildings. When we passed I would say bread and butter, bread and butter. He stopped one day and said “I know what cartoon you are talking about”, no one had ever known what I was talking about, he did, just a testament to his beautiful obscurity.