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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Jerriod Everett Grizzle, 25, of Savannah, Georgia, son of Chadrick “Chad” Owen Grizzle and Gloria Nall Grizzle, died Friday, October 9, 2009, as a result of an automobile accident near Hoschton, Georgia.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of Chadrick “Chad” Owen Grizzle and Gloria Nall Grizzle. Jerriod was a member of First Christian Church. He graduated as Salutatorian at Memorial Day School and was a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Jerriod was an electronics scanner technician for Strattix Corporation in Atlanta. He was a former reporter for The Manning Times in Manning, South Carolina.

Survivors include his parents, Chadrick “Chad” Owen Grizzle and Gloria Nall Grizzle of Savannah, Georgia; four sisters, Carol Rowland of Savannah, Georgia, Linda A. Blackstone and her husband, Lee, of Marietta, Georgia, Minette Rushing and her husband, Jim, of Savannah, Georgia, and Jena Buttimer of Lawrenceville, Georgia; five nieces, Shannon, Lindsay, Ivy, Sherry and Lizzie; one nephew, Jon, and one aunt, Rosemary Gilliland of Savannah, Georgia.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o'clock Tuesday at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by The Reverend Nancy J. Jenkins and The Reverend Suzanne Cole Wages.  Interment will be in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park – East.

Remembrances:  Ronald McDonald House – 4710 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404.

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  1. Betty Drake says:

    Gloria, I was looking for you on Facebook and it took me to your son’s obituary. I’m speechless. I remember what you endured to have a child and what he endured to live. It’s almost 2 years now since he left and I hope in that time you have managed to maintain your faith and courage. My heart goes out to you and your family.Betty

  2. Judy Weiher says:

    Dear Gloria: I just heard today of your loss of Jerriod. I have so many thoughts of all of us praying for Jerriod to make it just one more day and all you went through to get him well and out of NICU. I do not know God’s plans, but the fact that you had him for 26 years was in itself a miracle. He gave us all the knowledge that love and hope win. I cannot express my profound sorrow at your loss. And our loss.

  3. aleshia godby says:

    I had the pleasure of being able to call Jerriod a friend and a classmate while I attended GSU. I am still in disbelief that he is gone. He was a great person, a wonderful friend and a ball to be around. It will be especially hard to go back to some of our favorite hangouts and not see him there. Im very thankful that I have such wonderful memories of him and the times we had together. He will be greatly missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers and with his family during this time.

  4. Gates Minis says:

    Jerriod and I became fast friends when we meet at Royce in the first grade so many years ago. We were pair of trouble makers from the start but some how teachers manged to make us learn along the way. I will treasure his ability to make any situation into a laugh even when he broke his leg or making me laugh when I thought my car was stolen. I can hardly believe he is gone but the joy he had for life lives on in every person who knew him. He holds a special place in my heart as does your family for being such apart of my childhood. My thoughts are with you as say good bye

  5. Donald Grizzle says:

    Aunt Gloria and Uncle Chad,I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news about Jerriod from mom and dad. It has been on my mind since then. It doesnt seem that long ago that when you all would come up to see Granny and Jerriod would ask me if we had anything for his “Bulldogs”. I went to the game on Saturday and not a moment of the game passed that he wasn’t on my mind. I love you guys and am sorry I couldnt say it in person and hug your necks.

  6. Carol Ann Daniel, C. J.'s mother says:

    Gloria:I am truly saddened. A mother should not have to go through losing her son at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Janice Anderson says:

    The only comfort you can find now is knowing you will be with him again in heaven.May the Lord wrap his arms around you and Chad. I am in the moun tains, Heather called and told me the sad news. Her mother in law (Christine Davis who retired from Ft. Stewart told her With All Our Love Janice and family.Bob, Heather & Robert want you to know you are in our thoughts & prayers. You can be very proud of such A fine son.Dear Gloria,

  8. Ty Harley says:

    My Mom called me today and told me that another angel had arrived in heaven to watch over a flock for our lord and savior. I remember when he was born. I remember the long nights in neo-natal icu at MMC. I remember having to stick the heal of a stong little baby. My heart is very heavy with the news that my mother gave me. Chad and Gloria I am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this very difficult time. God must have needed a very special person because he got one. I will not be able to be at the services, but my thoughts will be with you, your family and the friends that Jerriod touched throughout his life. With all of our love Ty, Jennifer, Reagan and Stone Harley

  9. Dorothy Wallace says:

    Gloria and Chad, I just got back to town tonight (Tuesday) after two weeks in Michigan. The first thing Janice did was show me the article about Jarriod. I can’t think of a worse nightmare. My heart is heavy for you. Jarriod showed such promise and to have it snuffed out is so dreadful. My prayers and thoughts are with you.My love, Dot Wallace

  10. Viola Baker says:

    Chad & Gloria,My family and I wish to express our sincere condolenceto your family in the loss of Jerrod. I was his Para inMrs. Patty McLendon Hahn’s class at Thunderbolt.Remember all the good time you spent wth Jerrod. Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy will come in the morning.Ms. Baker

  11. Peggy D. Rosser says:

    Gloria, I was so sad and shocked to hear of your loss. I remember the many conversations we use to have about Jerriod. He was such a vibrant and engaging person as a youngster, and I’m sure he grew to be a wonderful man. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with Chad and you. I pray that God will give you the strength to remember the love and good times you shared. God bless and keep you and your family during this very difficult time. Peggy D. Rosser

  12. Carson Crews says:

    Gloria, I was sadden to learn of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.Carson

  13. Larry Shedd says:

    Gloria,I was filled with shock as I read the news about your son. You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Take care and God bless you and your family.Larry Shedd

  14. Angela Lamkins Rudeseal says:

    Although my brush with Jerriod was brief, I am truly honored to have known him as both a coworker and a friend. I loved his energy, spunk, & yes, even that crazy southern twang. As his Lead, I knew I could always depend on him for anything, but the same goes for our friendship. My heart goes out to his family & friends. I feel like I know you all so well from all the stories he told me when we were up in Indiana & Illinois. Jerriod has definitely been the inspiration for me not to take anything/anyone for granted, live no regrets, & live life to its fullest.

  15. Peggy Shipes says:

    Dear Gloria and Chad,I am shocked to hear of this news. I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember the last time I saw you and Jerriod at VR services, when he came in to use the fax machine and I was there to help him, although he really didn’t need my help. He was all smiles and friendly as ever. He was such a sweet boy. I cherish the hug that I got from him that day and from you.I think of you often and hope the Lord will bless you and heal your hurt in time. Jerriod will never be forgotten. Love to you both.Peggy

  16. Peggy Shipes says:

    Dear Gloria and Chad,I am shocked to hear of this news. I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember the last time I saw you and Jerriod at VR services, when he came in to use the fax machine and I was there to help him, although he really didn’t need my help. He was all smiles and friendly as ever. He was such a sweet boy. I cherish the hug that I got from him that day and from you.I think of you often and hope the Lord will bless you and heal your hurt in time. Jerriod will never be forgotten. Love to you both.Peggy

  17. Jena Grizzle Buttimer says:

    Dear Jerriod. I’m going to see you one last time today. I am so lucky to have spent a week with you before you moved into your apartment. We sat on the front porch and talked for hours and hours about everything and nothing. About growing up in the Grizzle household, about your mom and my mom and our dad. We also laughed about what a terrible driver you were! LOL! One thing I envied about you is how much love you had for everyone and how telling people you loved them came so naturally for you. Your phone calls always brightened my stressful days at work. “Hi Sissy. Just wanted to see how you’re doing or if you need anything. Love you sis, bye” In the summer when he was living at home and beating the bushes for a job I suggested to him to start a blog and write about people he meets – Jerriod was ALWAYS befriending someone everywhere he went. Imagine my surprise when he actually took my advice! I encourage everyone to go to and read his writings. He was a good writer of short stories. Love you little brother. See you tonight.

  18. Linda Sacks says:

    Dear Gloria and Chad,Words cannot begin to tell you how sad I am over Jerriod’s tragic death. He had escaped death so many times as a baby. Jerriod was a remarkable young man. I feel so privileged to have known him throughout his brief life. The last time I saw him was so typical – he had come to the hospital to seek help for a friend. He wanted the on-call doctor to talk with her so that she would understand her baby’s eye problem. As luck (Jerriod didn’t think it was luck) would have it, I was the doc on-call. After I spent some time with the mother, Jerriod asked that we join him in prayer for the baby. He prayed for the baby’s health, and asked God to give the parents the strength to deal with whatever the outcome was, and to do whatever was necessary for their son.It was so moving, such a beautiful gesture from a truly beautiful soul. May Jerriod’s memory be for a blessing.

  19. Devin Sadler says:

    Gloria and Chad Grizzle,Jerriod and I worked together at Stratix corp. He was always a joy to have around. He was always making people laugh and was never in a bad mood! It was a pleasure getting to know Jerriod even for such a short period. He was a great person that made everyone feel good when they were in his presence. He will be missed.God Bless.Devin Sadler

  20. Mark Collins says:

    Dear Gloria and Chad Grizzle, My name is Mark Collins and Jerriod worked for me at Stratix Corporation. He was a very fine young man and was a good friend. He always made everyone laugh and we never knew what to expect. You have my deepest condolences and prayers. I have two sons very close to his age. He will be missed very much by everyone at Stratix. God Bless.

  21. Beth Hurst says:

    Jerriod was one of those that befriend you. He always treated you with kindness and never had a harsh word for anyone. I know he is with god now. Jerriod know that you were a great friend and you will be very missed. Your class of 2003 loves you. You truly were one of a kind and one in a million. We love you man and will always and never forget your sweet smile.Your friend, Beth Hurst c/o MDS 03

  22. Mary Lee Stevens says:

    Gloria and Chad,There is no greater loss than the loss of your child. Bless you both, the pain of that loss is unimaginable. Scott, Henry and I want you to know you are in our hearts and prayers. And know we will remember that precious face of Jerriod’s, always smiling and so very sweet forever. In time, we pray the memories and God’s comfort will sustain you. We will miss him greatly.

  23. Jamie Crout Alsbrooks says:

    Aunt Gloria and Uncle Chad,I am still in shock of Jerriod’s death, I know in my heart that he is still with us, he may not be here physically but spiritually he is and always will be. I can’t even imagine how you are feeling about this whole thing. Jerriod was a special boy with lots of love and laughter, he grew into a young man. He always no matter what mood you were in mad you laugh, and he loved to tell jokes. I will miss my cousin deeply, I have been asking myself why him, why now, of all the people in the world why take such a sweet, loving, kind caring young man away from us. You will always be in my prayers, see you all tomorrow. Love you

  24. Lee Cobb says:

    Dear Gloria and chad Grizzle, i just learned of jerriods death in the newspaper and i am so sorry. Jerriod was a good friend of mine at Memorial day School, he always cheered me up when i was feeling blue and i believe that he was one of a kind. He was a very christian kind of guy and had a good influence on me. My condolences are with the family and we will pray for you at Ardsley Park Baptist. Thanks jerriod for being a wonderful friend, your friend Lee Cobb

  25. John and Wanda Latta says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Jerriod. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time. John and Wanda

  26. Les & Maxine Walker says:

    Gloria and Chad, I am as sorry as I can possibly be over this news. I almost wish I had not heard about your loss. Jerriod indeed was loved and did what they said could not be done. I pray God grants you the strength and courage to deal with the coming days. My best wishes and prayers are with you.

  27. David Shields says:

    Words cannot possibly convey the depth of my condolences for your loss. But right now it is all I have and I want you to know that my sadness is deep and abiding and that I am praying that God give you all the strength to endure this pain and unbounded misery.

  28. Robert and Nan Rogers says:

    Chad and Gloria,Nan and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family in your loss.

  29. Gloria Griffin says:

    Dear Gloria,I am so very sorry to hear about the death of your son Jerriod. Gloria, I have fond memories of years back when you were RES and John Williams and I enjoyed hearing you talk about Jerriod. Although, I never had the opportunity to meet him, I feel a real connection to him because of your sharing your son’s birth and young childhood days with us. Please know that you, Chad and the entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.Love & sympathy, Gloria Griffin

  30. Christopher W. Cavanaugh says:

    Jerriod, Brother I miss you so much I can?

  31. Pat Foster says:

    Gloria and Chad, We are so sorry for yoour loss. Trust in God for your strenght , He will lead you through this time with HHis divine love and strenght. Love, Pat Foster

  32. PAMELA GRAHAM says:

    Gloria and Chad,Kenny and I are so sorry for the loss of Jerriod.We were so blessed to have Jerriod in Codi’s class at Memorial Day School. He is so special in so many ways and his character only displayed a truly good person. May God comfort you during this time and in the days to come. You will be in our prayers.

  33. Melvin Hicks says:

    The Hicks family extends their deepest condolences to Jerriod’s family on his death.May the God of all comfort and peace continue to comfort the family in the days,weeks,and months to come.

  34. Jennifer Maddox Parks says:

    My husband and I had the pleasure of knowing Jerriod as students at Georgia Southern. Of all my journalism classmates, I can not think of anyone who was as fun to be around, and as fearless, as he was. We are better people for having known him, and the world is a lesser place without him. My deepest condolences go to his family at this very difficult time.

  35. Evelyn Steadwell Temple says:

    My Dear Gloria,I am without words except to say that I love you and grieve with you. You reared a beautiful young man, and that will not be lost. Let His love and your memories be your strength. John and I are so fortunate to have had that visit with him two years ago. My heart is with you and Chad.Love always,Evelyn

  36. Patty Baxter, Ph.D. says:

    My 12 year old daughter and I were the first on the scene after the tragic accident and will forever have the images of panic, disbelief, sadness and helplessness etched in our minds. We are so sorry there was not more that could be done for Jerriod and our hearts go out to his family and friends. Life is so precious, so fragile, so fleeting.

  37. Joshua Sheley says:

    Aunt Gloria,I can’t imagine how our family can get through this devastating loss. I just keep telling myself, “not Jerriod, not Jerriod”. I just don’t understand how something like this can happen to him, of all people. I am trying to find a way to get home so i can be with the family. I owe passing 11th grade English to Jerriod, and the amazing story he wrote for me. I will never forget my cousin, and all the great things he did for me. I loved him with all my heart. I also love you aunt Gloria, and it breaks my heart to even imagine how hurt you are right now.

  38. Suzanne Elyce Cole Wages says:

    My fingers are again numb as my heart, soul and body ache for this nightmare to not be real. Our family will never be the same ~ and I already feel his Spirit holding us … Just like G-d, J is finding ways through his death to bring everyone back together, home to our G-d which is where we all belong!I think I figured it out … Jerriod Everett Grizzle was one of those of which the Bible speaks … he was “an angel” being “entertained (or entertaining us) unaware” … Oh how blessed we have been to have him in all of our lives. The light of Christ was always so alive in him ~ through his eyes, his silly, wise ways and his ability to just know how to make you feel loved. And, now the light of Christ shines ever so brightly as J’s love is shared through the memories through the testimonies of love he has given to each of us and to our world. Thank you Gloria for birthing him and fighting EVERY DAY to give him life, helping him find and share joy and to Chadrick for being the best Daddy in the entire world. He always looked up to you both and sought to make you proud. We are all blessed, so very blessed to have shared “J-Rod” with you. Jerriod was like a big brother to Jeofry, like a little brother to Steve and I and like an beloved uncle to our girls. Thank you for sharing him with all of us and letting him … teaching him how to love so well! May the love of our G-d and the love of all of us blessed to share in J’s life surround and sustain you, not only in this difficult and sacred time, but for always ~ a reminder of the love and joy of Christ alive within and through Jerriod will forever long to be shared, helping to bring us all home to our G-d AND to one another! We love you so ~ Suzanne (the long-winded Wages), Steve, Jeofry, Elyce and Morgan (and all of our extended family and friends who have come to love y’all as family too!)

  39. Lisa Moss Tompkins says:

    My deepest sympathy is with the family through the tragic loss of such a wonderful man. I will never forget living about 6 houses down from Jerriod growing up. He was such a wondeful friend. He always had the sweetest smile and the best sense of humor! God has much bigger plans for Jerriod. Until we meet again…

  40. Sheryl Gay says:

    The congregation of First Christian is deeply saddened by your loss. We all ache for you …… and mourn with you. You are in our prayers.

  41. Dianne Coleman Farrow says:

    As an alumni of MDS (class of 85), I know what a tight family we share there. I was saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Our family suffered a similar tragedy & our hearts and prayers are with you and the whole family. Hang onto the good memories and hang on to your loved ones-they will help you get through each day when you feel the loss is too overwhelming to bear. Godspeed to your son and God Bless the family!May God take him in his loving arms for eternity-until you are one day together again!Sincerely,Dianne Coleman Farrow (c/o 1985)

  42. Laura Schmid says:

    I have been friends with Jerriod for the past 3 years. He always made me laugh or had something crazy to say but he had a big heart. If it weren’t for him, I would not have met my fiance. We had a get together last night at his favorite restaurant in Statesboro, Don Corleons and raised our glasses to him and talked about his time here with us. And I have been so sad ever since I found out and it doesn’t seem right, I cannot imagine the pain that his family is feeling and they have my condolences. Laura Schmid

  43. Carol Dowell says:

    There are not enough words to express the sorrow that I feel at this time. Please know that my prayers are with Jerriod’s family at this most difficult time.Carol Dowell

  44. Valerie Keebler Paul says:

    Gloria,I just heard. I am so sorry. Jerriod was a great guy. He “found” me on Facebook recently, and it was great to catch back up with him. He will be missed.Valerie

  45. Nancy Cave says:

    Jerriod and I often talked in connection with his work at the Manning Times. He interviewed me for several stories and he also came into the Archives where I work to do research on other stories. Jerriod was a joy. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to know him even for a short time. We were all sorry to see him leave Manning. My heart breaks for his family at this time of loss. I have placed your name on the prayer list at my church as have many others in Manning. Know that we are praying for you to have God’s peace and comfort during this time.

  46. Meg Parrish says:

    Upon hearing the news I didn’t want to believe the truth of it. I am very sorry for the loss of such a wonderfully enthusiastic soul. Jerriod could make a friend of anyone he met, as well as make someone laugh even on their darkest day. Words can not describe the sorrow that fills a good portion of Statesboro, GA and mostly Don Corleon’s – Jerriod’s favorite hang out.

  47. Megan Broadway says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jerriod always put a smile on my face. He was such a wonderful person and a great friend. May God be with all of you during this difficult time…

  48. Stacy Jennings says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jerriod was one of those rare kids who always had a warm smile and a bright outlook. My earliest memories were of him at the pool…a happy-go-lucky teenager who made the whole world look better.

  49. Kit & Beth White says:

    There are no words to express our sorrow at your loss. May God give you comfort. Jerriod will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you.

  50. Cathy Gilbert says:

    Dear Gloria and Chad:I am still unable to speak about this tragedy without dissolving into a mess of tears, but please know that you and your family are in my heart completely.I loved Jerriod like a son and thought I would have more time to raise him, if not under my wing, then from afar. He had a zeal for life that was unique and everyone from Manning has commented on that.He often told me how much he loved you both and how devoted he was to his family and his heritage. In his short time here with me, he made you very proud.I don’t know how we get passed this loss and on to the celebration of his very special life, but I know that time will come.Please know that I am holding you close in prayer for the special comfort that only God can bring.Much love to you all,Cathy

  51. Tonya Mounkes says:

    I can’t even find the words to capture how saddened I am by this heartbreaking news. Jerriod was one of the most amazing young men I have ever met. I feel blessed to have known him, and will miss him terribly. I can’t even imagine the depth of your grief, Gloria. I will be constantly praying for you and know that your strong faith will sustain you through this horrible time. I love you.

  52. Barbara Wilson says:

    I am truly heartbroken to hear of Jerriod. He wassuch a remarkable young man. I had the pleasure oftreating him on many occasions in the hospital over theyears. I was one of the respiratory therapist whotook care of him. My daughter went to Memorial DaySchool and was a friend of his (Kristina Hodges).Our love goes out to the family. God bless!

  53. Sean and Elizabeth Briley says:

    We are so very heartbroken. Jerriod was one of those very rare people who truly LOVED life!! He was always eager to encourage, inspire, and give you something to laugh about. He will truly be missed!! We are praying for his family and friends during this tremendously sad time.

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