Erath mourns loss of beloved athlete after battle with cancer


ERATH, La. (KLFY) – Football fields and baseball fields are where 19-year-old Ross Granger spent the last few years of his life and friends and family say the impact he left on and off the field will live on forever.

“He made sure that all of us were at peace with him because he was at peace with himself passing away,” said Taylor Abshire.

This was one of the last conversations Ross had with his best friend Taylor Abshire before he died.

“That is what Ross was. He never was a person to give up. He always wanted to do his best at everything he did,” said Abshire.

Ross was valedictorian of his class and well known for his athletic ability.

His godfather, Troy Theriot said he was set to pitch at LSUE just before being diagnosed with brain cancer.

“Never shed a tear, never complained if he was in pain we didn’t know about it,” said Theriot.

Despite his illness, Ross continued to be an inspiration to everyone he met.

“The community really rallied around him all over Vermilion Parish. He was just really special,” said Abshire.

Abshire said even though toss is no longer here, he’s at peace knowing his friend is in a batter place.

“I’m relieved, you know, he’s not suffering anymore. He’s happy you know him and God are playing baseball.”

Theriot said Ross did not lose his fight with cancer, cancer sent him home.

“He told me he was good and he wanted me to be good and that God had called him home and he was ready to go home.”

A memorial scholarship fund has been set up in Ross Granger’s name.

If you would like to make a donation send donations to the Ross Granger Memorial Fund at:

P.O. Box 271

Abbeville, La. 70511

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