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Former official mourned
Remembered for devotion to her son and hometown
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Grant - photo by For the Dawson Community News

A lifelong Dawsonville resident and former city council member died Thursday at her home.

Friends say Gennie Melinda "Linda" Grant, 62, will be remembered for her devotion to her son and commitment to her hometown.

"She loved Dawsonville. No one can question that," said Gordon Pirkle, a longtime friend.

Grant served on the Dawsonville City Council from 2006-09, including a year as mayor pro-tem.

"Linda took her job very seriously," said Dawsonville Mayor Joe Lane Cox. "She was a very sweet, caring person, who'd help you in a minute. [She'd] give you the shirt off her back."

Cox added that Grant, who friends called "Wrink," never met a stranger.

"She was a special lady," he said.

Grant is survived by her son, Dakota Lee Grant, also of Dawsonville, and niece and nephew, Niki and Corey Eubanks.

"Dakota was her life. Everything she did, she did for him," Cox said. "She loved him so much."

Funeral services were held July 31 at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Grant's devotion to her son also sparked her desire to support initiatives to give local children recreational opportunities in the downtown area.

"She really wanted that skateboard park," Cox said.

Having lived her entire life in the city - and, as far as Cox could remember, in the same house - Grant "was passionate about cleaning up and revitalizing downtown."

"That's how she was raised," the mayor said.

That hometown pride was apparent not only in her votes on the council but also during her campaigns for office.

As a political newcomer running against two incumbents in fall 2005, Grant championed herself as the "hometown girl from downtown" and secured the most votes.

While Grant's 2009 re-election campaign was unsuccessful, she maintained a relationship with the council and a commitment to downtown.

"I want to see things done, and I want to see things done right," Grant said in a 2009 interview. "I have seen this city grow from plugging the phone in the wall to cell phones.

"Dawsonville has a bright future and I am proud to help be a part of it."

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