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Bobby Joe Grantham, MS Community College Sports Hall of Fame

Bobby “Monkey” Joe Grantham, a native of Winona, is being inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 23 at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl.

Grantham is a graduate of Holmes Agricultural High School in Goodman and earned his A.A. degree from Holmes Community College in 1960.

In the 1961 yearbook, Grantham was quoted as saying “The good die young, I want to live!”

During Grantham’s time at Holmes, he lettered in football and track for the Bulldogs. He was coached by Horace McCall in football and Billy Mustin and Aubrey Rozell in track.

In 1959, the Holmes track team placed third in the state and set two state records for the 440 and 880 Relay (team mates: Bud Knight, Al Clanton, Ban Allen, Eddie Davenport and Robert Smith). In 1960, Grantham was a state champion in pole vault for the college.

“I am extremely grateful for my time at Holmes,” Grantham said. “I am grateful for the lessons I learned, the relationships that still help guide me to this day. I’m blessed to have spent my best years at Holmes.”

After a 30 year career, Grantham retired from AT&T in 1990. He was inducted in the college’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

He is married to Pamela Grantham from Greenwood. and they currently reside in Winona. Together they have two children Warren and Bobbie. Grantham and his wife still attend sporting events in Goodman and are avid fans of Holmes athletics.