Graham Parham Grissom, 100, of Norlina, passed away peacefully Monday, June 3, at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at Norlina United Methodist Church by Dr. Jim P. Harris and Pastor Hyung S. Kim. Burial will follow in Warrendale Cemetery.
Graham was born in Warren County Nov. 29, 1918, to the late Thomas Jarvis Grissom and Ada Elizabeth Wynn Grissom. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mildred Harris Grissom; daughter, Patricia Louise Grissom; sister, Eunice G. Perkinson Cummings; brothers, Claude Grissom, T. J. Grissom and Sidney Grissom.
Graham is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Grissom Lane of Smithfield; brothers, Calvin Grissom (Myrtle) of Henderson and Robert Grissom (Ann) of Florida; a special family member, Barbara Kinton; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Graham, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, served as mayor and town board member of Norlina, local businessman and Sunday school teacher at Norlina United Methodist Church for over 62 years.
In 1946, the Grissoms opened Grissom Service Cleaners in Norlina. Later, the section of Walker Avenue where his business was located was renamed in his honor.
The Grissoms gained a family from Denmark in 1975. Preban Gram, a foreign exchange student, lived with them for a year. Graham remained close to Preban and his family over the years.
Serving as pallbearers will be A. D. Pleasants, Jr., Maurice W. Pleasants, Edward Tucker, Kenny Edwards, Mark Lane, Jarvis Perkinson and Roger Grissom. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Bible Class of Norlina United Methodist Church.
The family wishes to thank caregivers, Eleanor Bullock, Carolyn Williams and Adlean Davis for their care and faithfulness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Norlina United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 356, Norlina, NC 27563.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton. Online condolences may be made at blaylockfh.com.