Cynthia Marie Grant


Cynthia Marie Grant (Cindy), age 64, Columbus. Ohio went home to be with the Lord at 6:38pm on Saturday, November 27, 2021, after a brief stay at OSU hospital.

Cynthia was born on July 24, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio to Cassandra May Hairston and Harvey West, she was welcomed by her big brother Ronald and was the older sister to four younger siblings. Cynthia attended McGuffey Junior High School, graduated from Linden McKinley High School and later obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University.

She became a young mother to her oldest son Kevin. She later married Pierre Grant and from their union Jamelle and Camille were born. Cindy loved working with and helping students. She spent her professional career in the college Financial Aid Offices of Columbus State, UNCW & North Carolina Central University.

Cindy accepted the Lord early in life and served in many capacities in her church home. At the time of her transition, she was a faithful member of Kingdom Faith International Christian Center, where she faithfully served on the GEM ministry where she loved working with the children; prayer and hospitality teams; and dance team.

Cynthia was passionate about her relationship with the Lord. To her friends, she was a sister in Christ, a confidant, a sounding board and offered an ear that listened. To her family she was our rock and affectionately known as “Sister Gracie” who always offered words of encouragement, a much needed scripture, a prayer and lots of love.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her siblings Ronald (Theresa), Adriene, Tina, Robert, Anthony (Ruth); her children Kevin, Jamelle (Angel), North Carolina: Camille, Stepsons Cortez and Rashad; grandchildren Keaira, Levi, Amya, Saniya, Melo, Makai; great grandson Asa and a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted mother Cassandra May Hairston and father Harvey West Sr.

To God be the Glory for a life well lived!

Private Visitation 1:00 PM and Private Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, December 4, 2021, at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Grant Family, visit

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Condolence Messages

  1. My deepest condolences to the family!

  2. Natalie Washington-Williams

    The Hairston/Grant Family. Praying God’s Comfort and Peace.. Love Natalie

  3. Jeffrey JB Bryson

    My sincere condolences and prayers to the Hairston/Grant Family may God give you comfort peace and strength

    Love Jeffrey JB Bryson

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve. What a beautiful life she lived. May Almighty God bless her soul.

  5. May God continue to give you strength, comfort, and peace…A good person and a beautiful spirit! Daryl Dockery, WRAAP Family

  6. May Gods Love & Happy Memories carry you this sorrowful time, Gone but never will be forgotten.

  7. Jamie Pendergrass

    Cynthia was a great friend and colleague to those of us in the financial aid community in North Carolina. Her passing is felt by those colleagues she leaves behind in our State. I send my sincere condolences for the loss of Cynthia and thank you for sharing her with us for many years. Her work touched the lives of countless students.

    -Jamie Pendergrass
    2018-19 North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) President

  8. Ronnette Hamilton

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Cynthia Grant. I met Cynthia when she was working at UNC- Wilmington in North Carolina. She was very passionate about working with her students! She always welcomed you with a beautiful smile and willing to help in any capacity that she could. I was truly blessed to have had an opportunity to know her. May God continue to give the family peace and comfort as we celebrate the life of Cynthia! Until we meet again.
    Ronnette Hamilon
    North Carolina A & T State University

  9. Charlene Ceasar

    My deepest condolences. May you keep the loving memories of your mom with you always. I loved Cindy she was my friend.

  10. Sending love and light to the Grant family. Cynthia and I were on the exec board of the UNCW Black Faculty Staff Association when she was at UNCW for a few semesters. I always appreciated her advice when I would visit her office. Heaven gained a true angel. – Tammi Emeka

  11. My deepest condolences to all of the Family I will cherish all of the sweet memories of a beautiful, faithful and loving Sister in the LORD ‼️‼️

  12. Deepest Sympathies
    To the Hairston/Grant Family. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace. Cynthia was a true warrior of God and lovingly touched the lives of those who were fortunate enough to meet and know her.
    Love Angela Haigler

  13. Blessings and Comfort to Cynthia’s Family. I had the joy of encountering Cynthia and her daughter in front of my home. It was wonderful to see her. She will be thought of often.

  14. Deepest sympathy and condolences to the Grant Family. May God strengthen and comfort you during this time. I enjoyed working with Mrs. Grant at NCCU. She will be missed.

    Rev. Valerie Mciver

  15. My sincere condolences to the family. May God bless and keep you, be gracious to you and bring you peace. What a beautiful and faithful servant of the Lord. I will miss you sweet lady. Thanks be to God for blessing my life with her.

  16. Blessings and deepest condolences to Cynthia’s family. I know she helped many students in her work!

  17. To the Hairston & Grant Family, So sorry to hear of your loss.
    My fond memories of Cynthia , she was a fun loving compassionate person who enjoyed life &
    laughter. She also cherished friendships & family.
    May your family continue to find peace & strength through your faith, trusting in God, and
    may Heaven smile down on you in days to come.
    God bless,
    Kelvin B. Choice

  18. Cynthia Grant is considered a friend, confident, and supervisor. We worked together at NCCU. She was my supervisor and so much more. Cynthia wrote a play some year ago and performed it for our Woman’s Conference some years ago. Recently, l was able to assist her with helping a family member enter college in Georgia. I’m truly saddened to hear of her passing and my prayers are for her loved ones, family and friends.

  19. Cindy was a staff member of the Columbus State Community College Financial Aid Office when I joined them in 2001. I remember her smile, her playfulness and her sincere approach with students, volunteering her time to assist them on their path to success.

    My condolences to her family and friends. She was a great lady!

    Suzanne Harmon

  20. Cynthia’s beautiful brilliant smile, her faith filled love for God and her honest authentic personality will be sorely missed.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for the family’s comfort and peace of God, that you feel the presence of His Spirit during this season of life.
    With love,
    Chuck & Karen Scales

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