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Charles Willis “Kicker” Grandison departed this life on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born on August 10, 1938 in Smithfield, Virginia to the late Emmitt and Marie Maven Grandison. He attended Isle of Wight County Public Schools and graduated from Isle of Wight County Training School in 1957 and served as the class president. He attended Norfolk State College majoring in Physical Education and played the position of quarterback on the football team. He was employed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia for over 25 years. Charles had a winning personality and captured the hearts of many. He was a great athlete and excelled in many sports. However, his greatest passion was singing. Charles performed in many groups: The FFA Boys in high school; The House Boys of Norfolk State College; and he performed as lead singer with his nephew Calvin “Dog” Picott with The Rocking Charmers and FORTE’. Charles was a “soul food lover” and cook. He always tried to find someone to make a five layered pineapple cake and homemade rolls like his mother. In his pastime he enjoyed attending gospel concerts and listening to his “spirituals.” However, his greatest pride and joy was his five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Wendy M. Grandison, six sisters and two brothers. He is survived by one son, Christopher D. Grandison Sr. of Chesapeake; Jeanna G. Addison (Shurley Jr.) and Vicki G. Milan (Angelo) of Smithfield. Five grandchildren Christopher D. Grandison Jr., Corey L. Addison, Tiffany N. Taliaferro, Morgan B. Grandison and MekaylaM. Addison. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter, Charlee V. Addison; his former wife, Jeanette B. Grandison; and one brother. A funeral service will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Smithfield on Sunday, August 31, 2014.


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