Theora Groves Granville was born on April 17, 1922 in Edwardsville, Kansas. She was baptized at the age of 12 and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She graduated from Edwardsville High School and attended Summer Junior College in Kansas City, Kansas. After moving to Los Angeles, she attended state college, specializing in the financial field.
Her banking experience included the Bank of Finance (the first black owned and operated bank in California); the Freedom Bank of Finance in Portland, Oregon; the National Bank in Fort Worth, Texas; and Inglewood Federal Savings and Loan.
In 1974, while working in the family owned real estate business, she received her real estate license and became a broker in 1977. She served two terms as president of the Consolidated Realty Board, 1990-91.
Granville was the first black woman to manage a California State Inheritance Tax Appraiser’s Office. She served on the Boards of Directors of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce; La Tijera Business and Professional Women; and the Black Women’s Forum.
She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles where services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and officiated by Pastor Alvin Tinstill. Interment was at Inglewood Park Cemetery.