Darrell Grigsby

September 29, 1958January 7, 2019

Darrell Lee Grigsby, 60, of Evansville, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 surrounded by his family at home. He was born September 29, 1958 in Evansville to the late Lloyd and Maggie (Wardrip) Grigsby. He was very active with Harwood and Central baseball and softball and brought the Fast Pitch back to Evansville. He was manager at North Park Raben Tire. Darrell dedicated his life to others. So many people loved and looked up to him for his wisdom and compassion as a friend. He spent countless hours making the fields, players and programs he was involved with at Central better. He was a booster but not an average booster. He was a booster of men, women and children. Darrell was an incredible coach and mentor. He took countless kids to and from practice and was their sponsor. Darrell developed the Evansville Stealers travel softball team and the girls were his pride and joy. He built the Southern Indiana Club website and helped build the league. He would tackle any problem that Central Athletic faced. He developed the Courage Award, a Central scholarship program, in memory of his son Randy. Darrell had incredible integrity and moral character and touched many lives. Darrell was preceded in death by his son, Randy Grigsby; brothers, Ricky Grigsby and Orville Grigsby, and sister, Marsha Axton. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Grigsby; daughter, April Grigsby; grandchildren, Madisyn, Maycee and Maekyn Grigsby; brother, Bradley Grigsby; sister, Virginia Exline and cousin and best friend, Bob Casey. The family would like to thank the staff at Asera Care, OHA and Dr. Titzer’s office. Thank you to everyone in the community for the prayers and support during this difficult time. And a very special thank you to Bob Casey, Doris Casey, Tracie Jones, Brittni Casey, Kathie Nelson, Katie Newton-Riley and Nic Newton for all their love and care. A Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, officiated by Pastor Stan Gilham, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday January 11, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Randy Grigsby Courage Award Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Kim Dillman

January 11, 2019

Darrell took a chance on Natalie a few years ago and offered her a spot on his Stealers team. That one gesture turned into so many happy memories. He helped to shape her into the gracious young women she is becoming. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand and was always so encouraging of my girl. At the end of every tournament weekend I would always get a call from Darrell just checking in on how she was doing, win or lose, he always wanted her to be her best. I will miss those calls but I will carry all his love for us in my heart forever. Fly high Darrell and keep on coaching those girls from up in Heaven.

Ginny Grein

January 10, 2019

So sorry to hear about Darrell. He was one of the nicest people I have known in Evansville. If someone needed help, he was there to help them. Sorry to hear about his son, too. I am sure they both will be missed by family, friends, and customers. He had the respect of a lot of people.

Marcia Leslie

January 10, 2019

Darrell was one of the finest men I have ever known. The countless hours that he spent at Harwood developing the baseball and softball programs, all for the kids. He was a great father, husband and mentor, a top-notch man.

Ghassan Dughaish

January 9, 2019

At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this.

I have known Darrell for many years when he worked at Raben Tire, BestOne Tire, and back to Raben Tire. He always treated me with respect and dignity. I’ll never forget the many jokes he told me every time I came by the store for repair work....made me laugh all the time. The last time I’ve seen him about a month or less. I saw him at Schnucks on First Avenue. We dropped everything we were doing and talked for at least 30 minutes, about me, my family, his wife, the grandchildren, his daughter April. I loved every minute of it. We decided we would meet up for lunch on First Avenue to finish our conversation. Sadly, we didn’t and that hurts me the most after I found out he passed away.
Darrell, you maybe gone but you are not forgotten my friend.

Chris Newton

January 9, 2019

Grigsby Family,
Heaven has opened its gates to a real man of honor. All of the lives he has impacted, the girls who looked upon him for guidance and the people who were lucky enough to call him "freind". My kids (Katie and Nic Newton) loved and cherished everything about Darrell. What a beautiful spirit and one of Gods real Angel's. It was an honor to have known him. Allison and I will continue to pray for you all.