"Ernie" Raymond Ernest Grant

Saturday, March 25, 1967 - Thursday, September 9, 2021

Loyal and Loving

Photo of "Ernie" Raymond Ernest Grant  - 1967-2021

Whittier – Raymond Ernest “Ernie” Grant, age 54, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ernie was born March 25, 1967 to the late Raymond Edward Grant and the late Sarah Eleanor Shadinger Grant.

Ernie was a larger-than-life, fun character and was indeed one-of-a-kind! He had deep insight into many topics and was a wonderful person to rely on for great advice. He was employed at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee where he made many friendships. Ernie loved to coach and play softball, but above all else, he truly loved being a Papa and spending time with his son, Brad, and his family. He was a great man who touched our lives and his memory will never be forgotten.

Surviving are his son, Bradley Baines with wife Rachael of Bryson City; grandsons, Cameron, Baines, Cyle Ponchot, Chandler Baines, and Coby Baines; sister, Maria Wolfe; brother, Michael Grant; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and close friends.

In honoring Ernie’s wishes, no formal services will be held at this time.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for Ernie and his family.

Condolences from family and friends

Fly high Angel, get your wings… I am Anthony Bolzaua’s mother / he’s married to Amber Davis and hopefully real soon I will meet the tribe up there in the mountains. To family and friends I send my deepest condolences…. Haylee I feel your loss….
Margaret DeMent
Brad I'm deeply sorry for your families lost. I consider Ernie a good friend. Rae Riggs
Rae Riggs
So sorry for your loss Brad Ernie was a good man and will be missed. prayers for the family
Kathy price
The world lost a truly great man. We have never met such a kind, loving, and more polite guy. He will be missed greatly not just by those who worked with him but everyone that had the honor to meet him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest in peace Ernie and go CUBS
Eric Sherri and abel hartwell
Ernie I treasure our times around the fence at Swain football games, we even traveled to few together back in the day before I could drive! I’m glad I got see on the 4th of July , always good to chat with you, and you where a fellow Niners fan! I was proud to call you my friend! I’ll see you again one day brother!
Jeremy Bailey
Rest in peace Ernie. It was an honor to know you. You were the most kind and polite person I've met, I will miss your sense of humor. Prayers for the family.
Magda Hyde
Big Ernie was a great guy. Would give you the shirt off his back without hesitation or expectation of repayment. Ernie was a kind and loving soul. The earth's loss is heavens gain.
Tommy Dills