(Mar. 3, 2008)
Rev. Grady Lloyd Fannin, 97, died on March 3, 2008.
In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse that served the community for 20 years. Prior to that, he had a successful career serving the Assembly ministry in northeastern states and the Assembly’s Teen Challenge.
Grady was born August 13, 1910 in Cottle County, Texas, one of seven children to Ozell and Jess Fannin.
Grady spent many years of his youth traveling with his family between Texas to California.
He is a graduate of the Berean Bible Institute in San Diego, Calif. In 1932, he was asked to pastor the Assembly of God church in Brawley, Calif.
He married Lucile Hall, of Chula Vista, Calif., in September of 1932. Lucile was also a graduate of Berean Bible Institute.
After preaching at several churches in southern California, Grady and his family move to New England in 1947. Grady was pastor at two New England churches until he was voted as superintendent of six New England states and the family moved to the district office in Framingham, Mass. Later the six states were divided into two districts. Grady was elected superintendent of the Northern New England district in 1957 and the family moved to Laconia, N.H.
During his superintendent tenure, Grady was invited to speak at the Assembly of God 1959 General Council in San Antonio, Texas. At the session he was elected non-resident executive to represent the northeaster region Assembly of God governing board in the United States.
In 1961 Grady joined David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge, a ministry focusing on rescuing youth lost to drugs and gangs. According to a federally-funded survey, Teen Challenge was responsible for helping more teenagers than any other organization in the United States. Teen Challenge has since expanded to help youth throughout the world.
In 1962, Grady was asked to open a second Teen Challenge in Chicago. In 1965, Grady took over the Teen Challenge Center in San Francisco. In 1967, he began working for Teen Challenge in the field, helping youth in the United States and parts of Canada. Grady and Lucile both worked as Teen Challenge evangelists until Grady’s retirement in 1975.
Although retired, Grady never lost his ministerial enthusiasm and heart.
In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse.
Lucile passed on in 1999 and Grady joined her this month.
Grady is survived by his daughters, Elaine Merz, Meeteetse; Gwen Fannin, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; one sister, Jaunita Wimberly, Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration and memorial service will be held at the Community Church in Meeteetse, Saturday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. A simple graveside service was held at Meeteetse Cemetery on March 4.