Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home

1751 Dave Ward Dr, Conway, AR


Thomas Duane Grasser

March 3, 1952August 13, 2019

Thomas Duane Grasser, 67, of Conway, AR departed this life August 13th, 2019, surrounded by family. Born March 3rd, 1952 in Little Rock, AR to the late Matthew and Evelyn Grasser. In his early years, Tom attended the University of Central Arkansas, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. He served as a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), later serving as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He had a passion for history and education, which guided him to a lifetime career committed to his students. Consequently, dedicating the majority of his teaching career to the Mount Vernon-Enola High School district. In retirement, Tom faithfully devoted much of his time to volunteer work with St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Conway). Tom leaves behind his wife (Teresa) to cherish his memory; his greatest gifts in this life - Adam Benjamin of Fort Collins, CO; Danielle Catherine (Jared) Permenter of Greenbrier, AR; and Chelsea Gabrielle of Conway, AR. Tom also leaves his most precious gifts and always the sparkle in his eyes (granddaughters Caitlyn Hope and Caroline Grace). Also to be treasured in the hearts of brother (Quentin Richardson) of Glenrock, Wyoming and faithful sister (Phyllis Grasser) of Conway, AR. Surviving nieces and nephews are Tempe Richardson Lohmeyer, Jayla Richardson Zancanella, Kenny Richardson (all of Colorado), and Christopher Grasser of North Little Rock, AR. Tom is preceded in death by: Raymond Richardson and Richard Grasser (brothers); Tiffany Richardson (niece).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a charity of choice.

Cremation services executed through Griffin-Leggett Conway Funeral Home. A private memorial for immediate family to follow.


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Gaye Greb

August 18, 2019

Frank and I are so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. We have such wonderful memories of our younger years with y’all. Time has flown by. You are in our prayers. Rest In Peace Tom.

Kris Hodge

August 18, 2019

Mr. Grasser was always making all of the staff laugh and he would come raid my candy bowl at every Parent Teacher conference. I loved to see Friday’s come because Grasser would be dressed in overalls. So sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Cailee Mertsch

August 16, 2019

Mr. Grasser was a loving, kind and outstanding teacher. He inspired many young lives at Mount-Vernon HS. The memory will never fade and will be lived on through his students, friends and family. All who loved him. May you have the most beautiful wing up in heaven and all the ice cream you can eat.

Sydney Maynard

August 16, 2019

Mr. Grasser was the best high school teacher at MVE! He was so inspirational and loved us all. He truly showed us the love of Jesus. He was a blessing from the Lord. He was always smiling and full of jokes. On Fridays he always wore overalls. I will miss him greatly, but I know he is in Heaven celebrating with Jesus. Praying for peace and comfort during this hard time.

Phyllis Grasser

August 16, 2019

I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you. You had many accomplishments in you life but the #1 was your marriage to Teresa and the three beautiful kids you and Teresa had. I know you were very proud of them. Of course I can't forget to mention those beautiful granddaughters.
The second one was your teaching career. I have read all the tributes that your former students have written and there is no doubt in my mind that you have left your legacy on this earth through your children and the lives of students you have touched. Now I understand why God called you home so soon.
Your legacy has been fulfilled. Rest in Peace Bro.(and save me a seat). Raymond, Richard, You, and I will see each other again some day.

Yolanda Cox-Smith And Family

August 16, 2019

Our heartfelt condolences. We have all been truly blessed to have known Mr. Grasser. Thank you for sharing him with us here at MVE. My children enjoyed him and loved him . He will truly be missed by so many whose lives he touched. God bless and keep you all.

Ron Brantley

August 16, 2019

Hate to hear of Mr Grassers passing. We worked together for a few months before I left Mt Vernon. Talked history with quite a few times really nice guy. Taught both my kids he was an execellent teacher.

Ashley Evatt

August 16, 2019

You will be greatly missed, Mr.G!! I’m so saddened to hear of the passing of this Amazing Teacher. You impacted my life in such a way! I will always remember you’re voice hollering ‘WELCOME Ms.Milly’ as I rounded the corner coming to class! So enthusiastic and your teaching skills were always on point!
Rest easy, Grasser! 💙

Chad Fitz

August 16, 2019

I remember Mr. Grasser from his teaching stint at Saint Theresa in Little Rock in the late 1970s. I can tell from all of the comments shared here that the spark I saw in him in those days never went away.

Greg Hogan

August 16, 2019

Grasser became a very dear friend through the years we taught together. So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed being around him. He will be missed.