Milton Hartwell Granger

Monday, December 1, 2014
Milton Hartwell Granger

Milton Hartwell Granger, 82, of Independence, Mo. went to be with his Lord, on November 29, 2014 after a long illness.

The passing of a quiet and successful man that loved his Lord Jesus, his wife Shirley and his family.

You can take the man out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the man.

Milton was born and raised in Piggott, Ark. He grew up on the family farm, milking cows, raising pigs, and certainly picked his fair share of cotton. His parents, Jacob and Gertrude (Bridgeforth) Granger gave him a religious upbringing and his mother's brothers and sisters taught him the importance of family by making sure there were numerous Bridgeforth family reunions. Family was important.

He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Wallace and they began their journey in life together.

There were numerous events that changed his life and caused him to travel many roads. He assisted his father on the family farm and worked on a highway bridge crew. As many have, he left Piggott, and moved his family to Flint, Mich., to work as an autoworker. In 1959, Milt was involved in a serious car accident that could have taken his life, but God spared him and offered him a new beginning. After very extensive rehabilitation, he left Arkansas and moved to Kansas City, Mo. to attend Stephen School of Refrigeration. While going to school, he worked part time doing maintenance work for the school to have extra money to go back home to see his family. When he finished his education, he moved his family to Kansas City. For the next 10 years he worked for Atlas Sheet Metal and Shane Heating and Air Conditioning.

Milton had a true entrepreneur spirit. After many hours of prayer he knew his Lord would guide him and take care of his family. In 1970, Milt and Shirley bought Climatic Heating and Cooling, in Independence and operated a successful business for 22 years. Those weren't easy years by any means. There were times when he and Shirley didn't take a paycheck, but his employees were always paid as well as his religious obligation to tithe.

Milt was a very successful businessman. He gave his best and worked hard every day of this life. He was a fair and honest man in his business dealings. He had daily support of his loving wife Shirley; his own spirituality and love for God, and the friendship of many. All of these elements defined his life as a success. A life well lived.

He enjoyed fishing at their lake home on Pomme de Terre Lake and golfing with his golf buddies. Milt had a great short game. He also loved to help Shirley with her drapery business, by helping her install drapery treatments. They both loved to be involved with their daughters' homes as well.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; his daughters, Sonya Lange (Steve) of Leawood and Cathy Wilhite (Ron) of Raymore; his granddaughters, Rachele Galvan of Independence and Sarah Stuckey of Raymore; a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Galvan of Independence; a sister, Lou Eva Forrest (George) of Piggott, and numerous relatives.

A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Piggott, Ark.