James Alfred Grisham, age 91, of Eldon, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2022 at his home into the arms of our Lord and Savior, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was born in Rolla, MO on 8/04/1930, the son of the late Alfred and Margaret (Nichols) Grisham.
On 04/03/1953, in St. Louis, MO he was united in marriage to his loving wife Verona (Thiemann) Grisham who survives at their home.
In addition to his wife Verona (Thiemann) Grisham, he is also survived by 4 children, Donna Currence (Richard), Sue Poniewaz (Edward), Jim Grisham (Polly), John Grisham (Lorrie); 12 grandchildren, Amy Currence, Linsey Shekas (Stephen), Chad Schaffer (Missy), Candice Sears (John), Dustin Schaffer (Nicole), Ashley Kretsinger (Matt), Nick Grisham (Emily), Jordan Grisham, Chase Grisham, Austyn Grisham, Hattie Grisham, Holden Grisham; 14 great grandchildren; Johnathan Sears, Isabelle Sears, Emma Sears, Mia Schaffer, Stephen James Shekas, Livia Schaffer, William Schaffer, Kyra Schaffer, Henry Kretsinger, Alayna Schaffer, Hayes Kretsinger, Logan Schaffer, Indie Grisham, Akre Grisham; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter Angela K. Grisham, brother Edward Grisham, and sister Marjorie Ledbetter.
As would become his life of service to country and family, in 1948 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. During that time, he was an automobile mechanic, and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart in 1952.
Following his service there, he was self-employed in construction for many years, and taught Building and Trades at the Tri-County Technical School for a short time where his knack for handiwork and love for people flourished.
James was a well-loved, well-known man who made a lasting impact on the lives of many friends, family, neighbors, students, and community members over the years. He faithfully led his family as active members of Camp Chapel Assembly of God in Rocky Mount, MO through dedicated involvement in Sunday School, Sunday services, and helping out whenever it was needed. In his later years, family and friends could find him masterfully working at beautiful wood carving and rock tumbling projects and warmly hosting friends and family from all over with a smile.
A steadfast man of God, cornerstone of his family, unwavering in love as a husband of 69 years, father, grandfather, and also great grandfather, James will be remembered as a giant of the faith and an example of living a full life of love and service.
Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Eldon from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 15. The funeral will be held immediately following with burial at Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett, MO.
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