Edward Arthur Grant, Jr., affectionately known as “Butzie”, was born on August 26, 1936 at the
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University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He was the only child of Edward A. Grant Sr. and Jesse Mae
Littlejohn. Edward’s grandfather, John Grant, received his name as the first male in his family to
be born out of slavery. He was renamed from “Dorsey”, to the President at the time, Ulysses S.
During his childhood years, Edward lived on Markoe Street in South Philadelphia. He was
educated in the Philadelphia public school system, attending Alexander Wilson Elementary,
Shaw Jr. High School and West Philadelphia High School. After graduation, Edward entered the
United States Navy in 1954 and continued in the Naval Reserves until 1962. The Navy offered
Edward the opportunity to travel with the Pacific Fleet to South Asia. He would later return to
Asia while working for Univac.
His interest in electronics was cultivated in the Navy, and Edward earned an Associate Degree in
Electronics Technology (Engineering). He would later attend LaSalle University to receive his
B.S. in Operations Management, receiving the Outstanding Graduate Award.
After college, Edward worked for General Electric and Univac Corporation. His affinity for
technology and astute business acumen led him to co-found the Lynk Corporation, a computer
technology firm, with James Beisty, who also became a close family friend. Lynk manufactured
and sold computer terminals in the U.S. and globally. Edward, Chief Operating Officer, had
extensive experience in business development, manufacturing, procurement and negotiation
throughout South Asia from 1984-1992.
Edward was introduced to what would become his future wife, Zella Wilma Burley, by a fellow
Navy buddy. She resided in historical LaMott, PA with her family. They married on August 13 ,
1960. From this union three children were born. The eldest is Christine Michelle, who was born
in Japan where they had relocated for Edward’s position to develop systems for the Tokyo Stock
Exchange. In 1971, the twins Keith Edward and Kelli Elaine, were born. In later years, he would
enjoy time with his granddaughter’s Ava Michelle President and Arden Zella Grant.
Aside from business, Edward was an avid reader and enjoyed playing tennis, riding his bicycle
and watching the Eagles, Phillies and Sixers. He was a devoted, active member and elder of
Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church. Edward would comment that he was grateful to have
seen Barak Obama elected president and the Eagles win the Superbowl.
His most recent residence was Anne’s Choice in Warminster. We will miss our father. Edward
was predeceased by his wife on January 5, 2011. He leaves to mourn Christine Michelle (Grant)
President; Keith Edward Grant; Kelli Elaine Grant; Ava Michelle President; Arden Zella Grant; son
in law Broderick President, and daughter in law Melissa Stuart Grant.