OBITUARY

Billie Jean Grizzel

April 5, 1937September 12, 2018
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Billie Jean Grizzel, 81, of Kingsport, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Brookhaven Manor.

She was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and worked for the Kingsport Press for 15 years. Billie’s hobbies included gardening and painting, but she especially enjoyed spending time with family and her grandchildren.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Grizzel; parents, Nora Lee and William Monroe Brewer; and her sisters, Lavada Laughlan and Fonsie Queener.

Those left to cherish her memories include her sons, Donald Grizzel, Ron Grizzel and Rick Grizzel and girlfriend, Nancy Jean McClaughry; grandchildren, Kyle Joseph, Kristopher Logan, and Kurtis Andrew Grizzel; brother-in-law, Sidney Grizzel and wife Mary; sisters-in-law, Shirley Bishop, and Betty Browder, and husband Carrol.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00 on Monday, September 17, 2018 at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1:00pm in the chapel with Chaplin Ryan Wagoner officiating.

Graveside services will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park in Christus Garden.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice and the staff of Brookhaven Manor.

  • FAMILY

  • Donald Grizzel, Son
  • Ron Grizzel, Son
  • Rick Grizzel and girlfriend Nancy Jean McClaughry, Son
  • Kyle Joseph, Grandson
  • Kristopher Logan, Grandson
  • Kurtis Andrew Grizzel, Grandson
  • Sidney Grizzel and wife Mary, Brother-in-law
  • Shirley Bishop, Sister-in-law
  • Betty Browder and husband Carrol, Sister-in-law
  • Jimmie Grizzel, Husband
  • Nora Lee and William Monroe Brewer, Parents
  • Lavada Laughlan and Fonsie Queener, Sisters

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Billie Jean Grizzel

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Terrie Statzer

September 17, 2018

So sorry for your loss. We loved having your mom at Brookhaven Manor, and she will be greatly missed by those of us who were lucky enough to be able to care for her. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
The Staff at Brookhaven Manor

Kendra Mallicote

September 16, 2018

Ricky, Ronald and Donald,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Our Mommy's are so special to us, regardless of our age, and losing them can be heartbreaking. Please know that I'm thinking of you all as you go through this and I hope you're doing well.
Take care,
Kendra Mallicote

Tim Vaughn

September 16, 2018

I worked with Jimmie & Billie at the Kingsport Press in the Bindery Dept. from 1971 - 1973. I have lots of good memories.
Praying for your family.

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Biography

“Give me a problem and I’ll hand you a solution.” Those who knew Billie Jean Grizzel would agree that that motto accurately described her. Billie was a woman of great drive and a very original, independent thinker. For Billie, no challenge was impossible, and just about any desired result was within her grasp. Billie placed great trust in her intuition. Since that intuition generally led her in the right direction, who was she to doubt it.

      Billie was born on April 5, 1937 in Kingsport, Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Brewer and Nora Lee (Moore) Brewer. She spent her childhood in Kingsport where she matured into the independent person she eventually became.

      Billie grew up with two sisters. She had an older sister, Lavada (Brewer) Laughlan and a half sister, Fonsie Queener. Billie could be seen as being stubborn by her siblings. It was important to her that she was perceived as “right” when it came to her part in those typical family spats. However, this quality did not over power her caring for her family. This ability to balance her family, with her need to be seen as right, helped her to develop into a young adult while enjoying many good times with her family.

      During her grade school years, Billie was a very focused and serious student who actually enjoyed the challenge of many classroom problems. She was determined to succeed, and she drew upon her gifts of trust and perseverance to provide her with a competitive edge. Billie delighted in projects that required planning, critical thinking and resolution.

      During high school, Billie was relentless in her pursuit of learning, especially in those subject areas that really grabbed hold of her interests. It wasn't that she didn't put forth her best efforts in all classes, but if a subject really interested her, she would eagerly put forth extra effort to learn all she could. Billie graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in either 1954 or 1955. Her favorite class in high school was Business.

       Her husband Jimmie's sensitivity to Billie's needs proved to be a wonderful influence on this woman, who preferred to live in her “gut.” Jimmie's influence brought Billie to a new emotional level, one that eventually enhanced all of her other gifts and abilities. Jimmie was able to help Billie appreciate the fact that others made contributions and Billie became better at interacting with those around her. Because of this, Billie grew as a person.

      Billie often neglected her own feelings in order to give to others. This was very true when it came to how she dealt with her children. She was able to hand on to each child a number of strong values. She taught them to appreciate their abilities, gave them a desire to persevere despite obstacles and set within them a drive to succeed. She had three sons, Donald Wayne, Ronald David and William Richard (Rick). She also had three grandsons, Kyle Joseph, Kristopher Logan and Kurtis Andrew Grizzel. They were always aware of how much Billie loved them.

      During Billie's professional working years, she was at her best when working independently. It became the hallmark of her performance. Billie was generally able to refocus her drive and determination and readily work toward finding a way to get things done that was beneficial to herself and her co-workers. Her primary occupation was a factory worker. She was employed for fifteen years at Kingsport Press.

      For Billie, her outside interests and hobbies became another exercise in learning and mastering areas that interested her. She greatly enjoyed unraveling the "hows" and "whys" that lay behind her hobbies. Billie was always pushing herself to learn more and to stretch her knowledge base even further. She firmly believed that the more things that she knew the more control she would have over things. Her favorite pursuits were painting and gardening.

      Billie enjoyed the recreational sport of riding bicycles.

      Billie placed her interest wholeheartedly behind any project she took on. The “engineer” part of her personality pushed her to find out as much information as she could, to understand the practicality in a given situation. This was something that influenced her involvement in work, pleasure and volunteer activities. Politically, Billie was a Democrat and she was leaning toward strong union beliefs.

      Billie's faith allowed her to better appreciate the gifts and opinions of others. This deepening aspect of her life helped her to accept her own feelings to a greater degree. She was a Southern Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport.

      Billie's skepticism was visible when she found it necessary to place too much trust in one person. This was never clearer than when it was time for her to schedule a vacation or period of time away from her regular schedule. Billie loved the research aspects of planning a trip, but the actual process of relaxing was far more difficult. Still, she did manage to enjoy some time away. Favorite vacations included a trip to Las Vegas and trips to the Smoky Mountains.

      Billie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Billie's favorites dogs was remembered to be called Laddie.

       She worked out many of the details in advance so that she could enjoy the time and not have to worry. Her new life involved staying in Kingsport. In retirement, she found new pleasure in painting and gardening.

      Billie Jean Grizzel passed away on September 12, 2018 at Brookside Manor Nursing Home in Kingsport, Tennessee. Billie fought a brave battle with respiratory problems. She is survived by three sons, Donald, Ronald and William and grandchildren Kyle, Kris and Kurt. Services were held at East Lawn Funeral Home. Billie was laid to rest beside her husband at East Lawn Memorial Park in Kingsport, Tennessee.


OBITUARY:

Billie Jean Grizzel, 81, of Kingsport, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Brookhaven Manor.

She was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and worked for the Kingsport Press for 15 years. Billie’s hobbies included gardening and painting, but she especially enjoyed spending time with family and her grandchildren.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Grizzel; parents, Nora Lee and William Monroe Brewer; and her sisters, Lavada Laughlan and Fonsie Queener.

Those left to cherish her memories include her sons, Donald Grizzel, Ron Grizzel and Rick Grizzel and girlfriend, Nancy Jean McClaughry; grandchildren, Kyle Joseph, Kristopher Logan, and Kurtis Andrew Grizzel; brother-in-law, Sidney Grizzel and wife Mary; sisters-in-law, Shirley Bishop, and Betty Browder, and husband Carrol.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00 on Monday, September 17, 2018 at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1:00pm in the chapel with Chaplin Ryan Wagoner officiating.

Graveside services will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park in Christus Garden.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice and the staff of Brookhaven Manor.



      Billie Jean Grizzel was always drawn to what was measurable, practical and factual. She was a very competent person who expected competence from others. She could be headstrong and certain about the way things were supposed to be. She was determined in every aspect of her life and certain that she was usually right about things. She trusted her intuition over all else, even if it opposed the popular belief, and she had faith in her inner vision and speculations. She wanted to be acknowledged by others as having made a contribution to whatever she was working on. Her family and friends will miss her fierce determination, relentless innovations and analytic mind. She leaves with all those who knew her many wonderful memories.