Robert S. Grizzard

Published 11:13 am Saturday, July 9, 2011

IVOR—Robert Stewart Grizzard, 64, passed away July 7, 2011, at Sentara Obici Hospital.

He was born in Richmond and was predeceased by his father, Norfleet T. Grizzard, and a brother, L. Wayne Grizzard.

He was a member of Corinth Friends Meeting.

Robert was a retired bleach plant operator with Union Camp Corporation and a 28-year retiree from the U.S. Air Force and the Virginia Air National Guard. He was a Vietnam veteran.

He was a former Junior Vice Commander of VFW Post 4411, a former president and lieutenant of the Courtland Fire Department, and presently was a member of the Ivor Volunteer Rescue Squad and Sedley Volunteer Fire Department. He was a past member of Franklin Fire and Rescue and the Drewryville Fire Department.

He represented Southampton County on the Board of Directors of the Tidewater EMS Council. He was an instructor for the Southampton County Fire and Rescue Association and a member of the Ivor Ruritan Club and also served as past Zone 2 governor and lieutenant governor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 20 years, Sue Neave Grizzard; his mother, Kathleen Riegel Grizzard of Drewryville; one son, Richard S. “Ricky” Grizzard of Sedley; one daughter, Meg Holland of Windsor; two stepsons, Rusty Holland and Ben Holland (Heidi), all of Ivor; one brother, William Todd Grizzard (Peggy) of Valentine; sister-in-law, Cathy Grizzard of Drewryville; eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Julia, Tyler, and Tori Grizzard, all of South Carolina, Kaylee Holland of Windsor, Dallas Holland of Ivor, Cheyenne Abbs and Killian Phillips; and numerous adopted children and grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin. The interment, with military honors, will follow in the Drewryville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and suggests that memorials may be made to any fire department or rescue squad.