James Orin Grizzell

Born in Paris, TN on December 19, 1923

Departed on June 15, 2013 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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James Orin Grizzell, Jr. - age 89, went to be with the Lord June 15, 2013. James was born to the late James and Gladys Derington Grizzell, Sr. on December 19, 1923 in Paris, TN. He served our country proudly as a B17 pilot in the 8th Army Air Corps, 99th Bomb Group during WWII. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas and then his M.B.A. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. James, who was lovingly known as "Hoss," will be remembered for his many quirky sayings, his passion for genealogy and his love for antique car restoration. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who touched the lives of many. Preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Grizzell DeShouten, he is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Boone Neikirk Grizzell; four children, Susan Stan Symons of Wamego, KS, James Orin Yvonne Grizzell, III of Park Ridge, IL, Kirk Sue Grizzell of Hendersonville, TN, and Leslie Rick Carey of Lynnfield, MA; seven grandchildren, Taylor Symons, Jimmy Grizzell, Annie Grizzell, Dylan Grizzell, Justine Grizzell, Eric Carey, and Allison Carey. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. and on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 9-11 a.m. at Hendersonville Funeral Home. A Life Celebration Service will be held on Monday June 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home with Pastor Don Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy Hendersonville, TN 37075 615 824-3855 or www.hendersonvillefh.com

7 Comments to James Orin Grizzell

  1. Judy Buchanan
    June 20, 2013 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear about James. He helped me with my Grizxle genealogy research, he also came to Gafsden to a Buchanan/Grizzle Reunion. My grandmother and his grandfather were brother and sister he was a very special person.

  2. Ruth Campbell Peppers
    June 20, 2013 12:00 am

    Sorry for your loss. My Great Grandmother was Eliza Grizzell Campbell from Cannon Co. TN. She married James Abraham Campbell. She died in Bryan County Oklahoma

  3. Charlyn Clauson
    June 20, 2013 12:00 am

    We are thinking of you all and keeping everyone in our prayers.

  4. Melissa Martin Hamilton
    June 21, 2013 12:00 am

    As a friend of Leslie’s since high school who spent time with the family at their home in Fairborn, OH and their lake house in Sardinia, OH, I remember J.O. as a warm, welcoming, genial man who was always ready with a gentle jab and a joke. We rolled our eyes then, but always with a giggle. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Karen Chafee Mecklenburg
    June 21, 2013 12:00 am

    Great Memories! Lived across the street in Rona Hills Fairbornback in 1960’s …Great Family!

  6. Becky Griswold
    June 24, 2013 12:00 am

    What a sad, sad day. Jim Grizzell was such a nice man and a dear friend…he was my genealogy buddy. I will miss him very much. My sincere condolences to Beth and the family.

  7. Elizabeth Huffman
    June 26, 2013 12:00 am

    May God’s Eternal Light Shine upon him, and Comfort his family.

    Lovingly remembered,
    Elizabeth A Frates Huffman