The Times West Virginian


September 2, 2013

Grant Bussey

De’Andrea Grant Bussey, 36, of Fairmont, ascended unto his heavenly father Friday morning (Aug. 30, 2013).

He was born March 24, 1977, in Washington, D.C., the only child of De’Andrea and Judy Lampkin Bussey.

He was christened as an infant at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fairmont, where he later became a member. While there, he was active in the youth choir. From kindergarten to fifth grade, he attended Fairmont Catholic School and was on the basketball team. In the sixth grade he attended Dunbar Middle School for one year and then returned to Fairmont Catholic. He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1995.

Following graduation, he attended Potomac State for one year, majoring in graphic art, and then transferred to West Virginia University. While at WVU, he was employed by Lakeview Resort as a golf starter. He then attended West Virginia State College. While in the Charleston area, he was employed by Pit Printing. He returned to Fairmont and attended Fairmont State College/University. Grant’s entire life was focused on what he said was his God-given talent. He began art lessons at an early age and attended Mandy’s Art School where he learned basic art techniques. He began with oil on canvas and received a certificate from the renowned Bob Ross fine art school. After college, he moved to Martinsburg, and was employed by Quad Graphics.

Thereafter he began working with his friend Calvin King in his business, Division I, where they strived to bring urban clothing to Martinsburg. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he founded his own business, Thunder Graphics Screen Printing. Broadening his artistic scope, he became interested in airbrushing and because he had a love for vehicles, he changed Thunder Graphics from screen printing to auto painting.

He then moved to Emerald Isle, N.C., where he resided in the family beach house. Having acquired a love for airbrushing, he provided freelance services for Pacific Superstore in Emerald Isle where he airbrushed T-shirts and other apparel. While in North Carolina, he also worked for Bypass Body Shop in Morehead City, where he learned vehicle body repair and provided custom body painting. Following, he again struck out to start another business called Coastal Custom Creations in Swansboro, N.C., which specialized in custom auto painting. Later he moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he briefly worked for an auto body shop. While there, he came into contact with various celebrities who introduced him to the brother of musical artist Fantasia. This gave him the opportunity to be featured on VH1 painting the face of Fantasia’s brother.

Driven by a loving desire to return home to help his parents, he decided to move back to Fairmont in 2010. After accessing the need for his specific style, he created Coastal Artz, which specialized in all forms of art including but not limited to automotive, clothing, body and face painting, backdrops, murals and fine art. He also traveled to the states of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina as well as the District of Columbia when called upon by his vast circle of friends to provide his unique artistic talents.

Grant always had a love for domestic animals and was a past dog trainer for Creekside Kennels in Fairmont. He also trained his beloved dog Chevelle.

In addition to his loving parents, he leaves to cherish many fond memories one aunt, Jacqueline Lynch of Cleveland, Ohio; one uncle, Cedric (Stella) Bussey of Norfolk, Va.; his first cousins, Stephen Bland of Philadelphia, Pa., Celeste Bland of Columbus, Ohio, George (Andreda) Bland of Cleveland, Ohio, Victoria (O’Neal) Saunders of Hilliard, Ohio, and Cheryl Mays of Virginia; those family members whom he considered his aunts and uncles, Nicole and Robert Davis of Youngstown, Ohio, and Michele and Robert Moore of Washington, D.C.; his cousins whom he considered his sisters, Stacey Davis of Charlotte, N.C., Robin (Terrance) Oxendine of Pittsburgh, and Adrianne and Courtney Moore of Washington, D.C.; his cousin whom he considered his brother, Hodges Brown of Titusville, Fla; his cousins, John Nelson Jr. of Morgantown, Jennifer Nelson of Lansing, Mich., Michael (Amy) Nuzum and Ron Nuzum of Fairmont, and Roderick (Carolyn) Jones of Fairmont; his godmother, Pastor Sheila Allen of Potomac Falls, Va.; several other cousins and relatives; and many, many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers and grandfathers, Margaret and Jesse Grant Lampkin and Marilyn and Dennis Bussey; one aunt, Arnette Lampkin Williams; and his cousins, Reginald Williams and Kelly Mays.

Grant was a loving and kind individual, always with a smile, even in trying situations. He always had a positive mindset and never gave up! He was unselfish and would do anything for his family and friends. He assisted and supported his parents in every way possible.

From an early age, he loved to fish. While living at the beach house, he would say that walking down to the beach to surf fish cleared his mind and creative thoughts abound.

Grant will be missed by so many people; the love that has been shown for him is a testimony to a life well lived. No more hurt, pain or diabetes to worry about. Knowing that he had a personal relationship with God and confidence in everlasting life gives those of us who remain hope. May he rest in peace in the safe arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The family would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support that has been shown to them in this most difficult time. God bless you one and all!

Friends may call at Morning Star Baptist Church from 2-8 p.m. Thursday. Homegoing celebration will be held at noon Friday at the church with the Rev. Wesley Q. Dobbs officiating, the Rev. Richard Bowyer assisting with the Rev. Shelia Allen as eulogist. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.

JG Lampkin Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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