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Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas Vernon Grissom

June 30, 1942November 28, 2019

Memorial services for Thomas Vernon Grissom, 77 of San Augustine TX will be held on Saturday, December 07, 2019 at Cason Monk-Metcalf, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches TX 75965. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with memorial service at 11:00 a.m.

MSG (Ret) Tom Grissom was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 30, 1942 and passed away on November 28, 2019 in San Augustine TX. Inspired by his cousin Astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Tom joined the military and proudly served 31 years in the U.S. Army with a combination of Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserves before retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). While on active duty, Tom went through Airborne training and served with the 82nd Airborne in multiple locations, including Colombia and the Panama Canal Zone. Tom performed helicopter maintenance and demolitions while serving as a member of an Engineering Battalion. During his time in the National Guard, Tom also worked as a Police Officer in Oakland City, IN.

Tom was a member of the American Legion Post 86 Nacogdoches, TX. Hobbies included bowling, woodworking, and golfing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and a weekly get together with the “Over-the-Hill Gang” family and friends: Harvey Bennett, Vickie Huss, Jim Bennett, and Wilbur, Doug and Rick Huss.

Thomas V. Grissom is survived by Patricia, his wife of 39 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Lorie Williams and husband Jack; step-son, Kristofer Butchers and wife Angie, daughter, Katherine Clay and companion Jeremy Manning; son, Thomas “Alex” Grissom and wife Patty; sisters: Sheila Kestle; Diane Spenos and husband George; and Sandra Shears; brother, John Grissom; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, multiple nephews and nieces; and special friends, John and Susan Scholl, Ralph and Elaine Sanders, Christine Ballow, Charles and Elise Morris, and many others too numerous to name.

He is preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandparents; Earnest and Katie Clouse; mother, Marguerite Bartholomew; step-father, Edward Bartholomew; father, Thomas Franklin Grissom; and 8 year old grandson, Sebastian Clay.

Tom was baptized in his youth. He attended local churches throughout his life, most recently Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in San Augustine, TX with Pastor Randy Mills.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with final expenses will be accepted with gratitude at the below link.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/fund-for-fathers-funeral-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas V. Grissom is survived by Patricia, his wife of 39 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Lorie Williams and husband Jack; step-son, Kristofer Butchers and wife Angie, daughter, Katherine Clay and companion Jeremy Manning; son, Thomas “Alex” Grissom and wife Patty; sisters: Sheila Kestle; Diane Spenos and husband George; and Sandra Shears; brother, John Grissom; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, multiple nephews and nieces; and special friends, John and Susan Scholl, Ralph and Elaine Sanders, Christine Ballow, Charles and Elise Morris, and many others too numerous to name.
    He is preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandparents; Earnest and Katie Clouse; mother, Marguerite Bartholomew; step-father, Edward Bartholomew; father, Thomas Franklin Grissom; and 8 year old grandson, Sebastian Clay.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019

Memories

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Alex Grissom

December 3, 2019

My father wouldn't smile much but children would always make him laugh! I was hoping to be able to see my father play with my children like I saw him with others. It is ok Dad. I got to see you with our puppy Turbo and that's all the same to me. Love you Dad. Rest Well and I will see you when it is my time.

Patricia Grissom

December 3, 2019

Tom, Pat, Kristofer, Kathy, Alex

Patricia Grissom

December 3, 2019

Tom as an infant with his mother & sister Sheila.

Patricia Grissom

December 3, 2019

Tom & Lorie

Patricia Grissom

December 3, 2019

A trip to New Mexico with his buddy John.

Elise Morris

December 2, 2019

I always enjoyed bowling with Tom and will miss Tuesday night bowling. My niece used to say the angels were bowling when it thundered so, I will think about Tom bowling with the angels. Love and prayers. Elise

TONI MILLER

November 30, 2019

Tom was my cousin and was a wonderful man, I have lots of memories of him when we were younger. Sonny RIP you will always be loved and remembered by me.
Toni Clouse Miller

Vickie Huss

November 30, 2019

Have a lot of memories of playing cards every weekend as a member of the “Over the Hill Gang,” especially Tom playing his little thumb and finger violin to cheer up those who complained about the hand they were dealt, the lack of wildcards, someone taking the whole discard pile when it had just the card you needed to go out, or when they went out without a discard; making everyone count off all the cards in their hand, and no one else even had a chance to play yet. Will miss you Tom.