In Memoriam: Grant Griffith, 1938 to 2024


On Jan. 13, 2024, Grant Griffith, of Woodville, VA, passed away peacefully, one week after his 86th birthday.

Grant was born on Jan. 6, 1938 in Miami, Florida, educated in Michigan; and created a successful real estate business in the Washington, DC area.

Grant is survived by his spouse, best friend, and life partner of 56 years, Evert Sowards. Grant enjoyed the love and respect of his many friends and colleagues in Rappahannock County, VA, Washington, DC, and around the globe.

Over his career, Grant distinguished himself as a trail blazing real estate professional. He founded one of the longest running real estate teams, “The Grant, Ryall, Andrew Group” at Coldwell Banker Realty on Capitol Hill. His team, still in operation, has been named among the nation’s top real estate teams by The Wall Street Journal, REALTrends Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine and Coldwell Banker.

Grant had a keen eye. He was a passionate and talented collector of art and antiques. Of particular pride, and started by a gift from Evert, Grant amassed a world-class collection of stunning antique carriage clocks. Their beautiful residence in Woodville, VA seemed to serve equally as a first-class art gallery, a museum of fine antiques and a welcoming, comfortable home—with some of the best Blue Ridge Mountain views anywhere!

Grant was well known for his love of opera and playing bridge, his love of travel (especially cruises), his love of shopping for bargains (a master coupon collector), and his love of being with people (both as a consummate host and charming, witty guest).

Evert sends his heart-felt thank you and appreciation to the women and men of the Sperryville & Washington Volunteer Rescue Squads, Warren Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Hospice, Tschiffely Pharmacy and to their many friends and supporters. A memorial tribute will be held in spring of 2024.