Robert “Bob” Lamar Grizzard, 67, passed away on March 28, 2019, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, where he bravely fought Stage IV Lung Cancer for six years.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, George Franklin Grizzard and Gladys Grabeel Grizzard; his nephew Wayne Horton; and several aunts and uncles, including former Blackstone area residents, aunts Rebecca Moore and Gene Grabeel; and uncle William Grabeel.
Bob is survived by his wife of 14 years, Teresa Bruno Grizzard of Fulshear, Texas; his brother, Edwin (Mary) Horton; niece, Emily (Rob) Saccenti; nephew Jonathan Horton; his children Kendra (Nathan) Bolton, Kiel (Danielle) Grizzard, Kasey (Shelby) Grizzard; stepdaughters Hailey (Blake) Allen and Marcherita Gray-Pritchett; and grandchildren Lauryn, Gavin, Annalise, Teagan, and Hailey Holder.
Local survivors include an aunt, Virginia Cole of Blackstone; and cousins Gene Knight (Don), Johnny Cole (Kathy), and Jerry Cole (Daphne), all of Blackstone; as well as Jackie Anderson, Kathy Cayer (Tim), Meg Carroll (Jeff), and Stephen Grabeel (Tricia). Bob loved his family above all else.
Bob was raised in Kenbridge and was a 1969 graduate of Central of Lunenburg High School.
Bob was a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he received an Industrial Engineering degree. He worked in manufacturing for over 30 years, at Reynolds Aluminum and then-Brown & Williams Tobacco Company, and seven years as an engineer for the government.
Bob was an avid Hokies fan, hunter, outdoorsman, hiker, golfer, tennis player, traveler, dog lover, food lover, beer connoisseur, fast car driver, and tandem skydiver. Bob loved living life to the fullest up to the very end.
Bob fought cancer with superhero strength. He had a Will of Steel and a Warrior’s Shield of Resilience. Bob made cancer a footnote in his life -- not the main event. He selflessly volunteered for CanCare of Katy, Texas, and Lung Cancer Alliance, where he provided emotional support and counseling for other lung cancer survivors, while being treated for his own.
At Bob’s request, there will be no public funeral service. In lieu of flowers, Bob requested donations be made in his name to the non-profit organization, Lung Cancer Alliance. 4-10-1tp