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William T. ‘Bill’ Grisham

Funeral for William T. “Bill” Grisham, 79, of Huntsville will be Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Hal Oakly officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Laurie Grisham-Roberts will deliver the eulogy. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

A graveside service and burial will be at Hartselle City Cemetery following the reception at 2 p.m. with the Very Reverend Father Robert D’Versa, T.O.R. presiding.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12, at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Grisham died Monday, July 11, 2011, at his residence. He was born September 25, 1931, in Dry Creek, Louisiana, to Glen Hightower Grisham and Cannie Dade Gresham Grisham. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served aboard the U.S.S. Des Moines heavy cruiser for 45 months. He graduated from University of North Alabama with a bachelors in marketing and accounting. Next to his family, he loved his country with all his heart. His motto, like Stephen Decatur, was “My country, be she right or wrong, she is still my country”. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Grisham; his wife of 50 years, Patsy Grisham; two sisters, Helen Griffith and Lois Strong; and a brother, Gorham Grisham.

He is survived by two sons, William T. Grisham II and wife Leslie of Anderson, S.C. and Stephen P. Grisham of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Laurie Grisham-Roberts and husband Mark of Huntsville; two sisters, Elna Sanderson of Huantsville and June Butler and husband Joe of Macon, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Chezleigh Woods and husband Decker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sean Billings of Minneapolis, Minn., William T. Grisham III of Anderson, S.C. and Randall Mummert, Will Mummert, Patrick Roberts and Andrew Roberts, all of Huntsville.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Dave Suski, Gorham Grisham, Warren Kimball Griffith, Dennis Griffith, Ranny Lott and his neighbor and dear friend, Todd Gentle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joe Wheeler State Park, 24921 Alabama Highway 101, Town Creek, AL 35672, where a cabin will be restored in his memory. Of all the places he had been and seen, he loved Wheeler Dam on the Tennessee River most of all.