Brian Nicholas Grant was born on November 16, 1985, and passed away too soon at the young age of 32 at his family residence in Winchester, Tennessee on February 13, 2018.
Born and raised in Winchester, Brian took the brave leap and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an MBA at Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Administration after graduating with honors in 2008 from the University of Miami, Florida where he was a founding father of Beta Theta Phi. His love for learning was evident -- having attended schools in three different States -- he was always excited to further expand his mind.
Never one for complacency, Brian filled the rest of his time working with Studio Services of Nordstrom at the Grove in Los Angeles, and fulfilled a dream of working in the film industry.
Brian shared his love of reading with his love of the "art" of coffee, usually with Lionel Richie, Kenny Chesney, and Elton John playing in the background.
Writing was Brian's leading passion, and he shared this creative output with others through his "Brainwaves" Blog (www.briannicholasgrant.com). It was through this venture he found an outlet for his pain and his fears. His writing had a unique raw authenticity that showed his hope and his strength. Over time, his blog matured from a mere creative experiment into a genuine exploration of the human spirit as it fought against unimaginable odds. While his body was fighting, his mind was writing.
Condolences from friends at Jimmy Kimmel Live, "A new star lights the night sky... and its name is Brian," reminds us that he will be missed by the movie and entertainment industry he loved so much.
For six years Brian battled a brain tumor with strength and grace, bearing every setback with a smile and hope. Making his friends and family a priority, always ensuring they were happy, because that is what mattered most to him. He proved to us all that angels truly do exist.
Brian met every obstacle with indescribable grace; faced every challenge with inconceivable courage. He taught us the importance of education and the value of dreams. His courageous battle serves as a beacon of hope, a reminder, that nothing should ever stop us from living the life we truly want.
Preceded in death by his grandparents, George W. and Elizabeth B. Nichols, and Elbert and Mary Helen Grant, Brian is survived by his family who he affectionately referred to as "The Five": loving parents, Tommy and Kay Grant; brother, Dr. Thomas "Brad" Grant; sister, Kristi Grant (Daniel) Pribble; and beloved toy poodle, Eleanor.
Visitation with family and friends will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.
An event celebrating Brian's life will be held at noon on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Winchester First Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests memorial donations be made to "Book 'em", an organization that aims to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children discover the joy and value of reading. 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-5330, (615) 255-1820, email@example.com.
Brian's message lives on, "We aren't conformed by an illness, but rather awoken by its power to change our lives in hopes of inspiring others."
We salute -- and thank -- you for making all our lives better.
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