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GAIL S. “SHORTY” GRISSOM

Gail S. ‘Shorty’ Grissom passed away at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at age 84. He was born in San Diego, CA, but was a life-long resident of Savannah and Richmond Hill.

Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, Onnie and Brodie Grissom, his daughter Patricia Grissom Lamb, and his brother Robert (Bob) Grissom.

Shorty is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Perry Grissom, his children Steve Grissom (Maggie Gordon), Dave Grissom (Beth), Joanie Nelson (Greg), and Margaret Bacon (Olan). He was also blessed with 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Shorty attended Savannah High School and Armstrong College.

Many years ago, Shorty was a member and past President of the Savannah Lions Club where he worked to serve the blind and vision impaired with eyeglass collections and fundraising. He and Mary also served as Girl Scout leaders to Troop 64 when their daughters were active scouts.

As a veteran of the US Army, he served with 10th Artillery Battalion in Korea and received the Korean Service Medal, 2 Bronze Service Stars, The United Nations Defense Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Shorty retired from the Savannah Electric and Power Company (GA Power) with 39 years of service. In retirement, Shorty was an active member of the GA Power Ambassador’s Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice Savannah or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, from noon until 1:30.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Joseph A. Smith. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Holy Cross section of the Catholic Cemetery.

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  1. Becky & Crawford says:

    Mary and family,

    We are so saddened to read this. Shorty was one of our most favorite Ambassador’s and the most generous person to be around. Hearts & hugs to all of you during this very difficult time.

  2. Bill and Sandra Parrott says:

    We are so very saddened at this time, and we send our heartfelt
    sympathies and prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength and peace for the difficult days ahead. We hope you can feel the love that is in our aching hearts today.

  3. Patty Seyden says:

    Mary and family. I am so saddened to hear this. Shorty was a man of great kindness, especially for his family. I have very fond memories of him through the years. Always with that smile. You were so blessed for 64 years. He has earned his wings and peace. Much love to y’all and you are in my prayers. Patty

  4. Carol and Mike says:

    Dear Mary and family… we are so heartbroken to hear that Shorty is gone. He certainly will not be forgotten! He was one of the kindest, most caring, gentle man. We send you all our love ❤️. Carol and Mke Kilpatrick

  5. Kilpatrick says:

    Dear Mary and family… we are so heartbroken to hear that Shorty is gone. He certainly will not be forgotten! He was one of the kindest, most caring, gentle man. We send you all our love ❤️. Carol and Mike

  6. Carol and Mike Kilpatrick says:

    Dear Mary and family…..we were heartbroken to hear Shorty was gone. He certainly will not be forgotten. He was one of the kindest, most caring, gentle man. We send you all our love and prayers. Call and Mike

  7. Carol and Mike Kilpatrick says:

    Dear Mary and family…we were heartbroken to hear Shorty was gone. He certainly will not be forgotten. He was one of the kindest, most caring, gentle man. Our love and prayers are with you all. Carol and Mike

  8. Dawn Harrington DeCamp says:

    Dear Mary (and girls),
    I was talking to Nancy Holscher recently about our camping
    days and thought of you and Shorty. What fun!
    I know y’all will miss him terribly, but you must have
    wonderful memories to fall back on.
    I use to love finding Shorty at my door selling brooms. He
    was the sweetest guy!! Love to all, Dawn

  9. Judith Simpson says:

    Dear Mary and family, I’m so sad to hear about Shorty, I always remember his kindness especially when Cecilia passed away. Heaven is just a step away from us, he will never leave you and will always watch over you!
    Judith Simpson

  10. Jimmy & Sandy Wood says:

    Dear Mary, so sorry to hear about Shorty. We enjoyed so much being with you both at Ambassadors and on trips we’ve taken together. He will certainly be missed.

  11. Cindy Rowland says:

    Mary and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Shorty’s passing. He was a good friend to John and me over the years in Ambassadors and will be greatly missed. My prayers for your peace, comfort and strength in the months ahead.
    Cindy Rowland

  12. Mark Hopkins says:

    Dear Mary,
    So sorry to hear of Shorty’s passing. We worked closely together for many years at Savannah Electric with many fond memories at Riverside Plant. Shorty was always happy and polite and spoke highly of all of his family members. He will be sadly missed.

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