Charles Ray Grissom

October 15, 1931 - April 19, 2013
Charles Ray Grissom


Charles Ray Grissom, 81,
of Carolina Beach, NC,died
on Friday April 19, 2013
after a long battle with
Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born in Raleigh on
October 15, 1931 to Luther
and Edrie Colvin Grissom.
Charlie was a passionate,
lifelong sports fan, playing
on his high school basketball
and baseball teams, and later
on the baseball team at his
beloved NC State University.

In May of 1950 he went to serve
his country by enlisting in the US
Air Force. There, he became a
member of the basketball team
at his Air Force base.

Later in life, he became a resident
of Carolina Beach, and was very
active in the community. He was
a member of the Police Advisory
Committee, helped with the
Boardwalk Committee project, was
a member of the hurricane damage
assessment team and chaired the
Planning and Zoning Committee
of Carolina Beach and Pleasure
Island. He was also very involved
in the holiday season with the Island
of Lights and the Flotilla, and he
played the island’s Santa for many
years. He was also a long-standing
member of St Paul’s Methodist Church.

Charlie was preceded in death by his
ex-wife LaVerne Crumpler Grissom,
with whom he had four children:
Chuck Grissom and wife Connie of
Raleigh, Mike Grissom and wife Laurie
of Holly Springs, Scott Grissom and
wife Mindi of Wilmington, and Sandy
Lloyd and husband Al Of Wilmington.

He is survived by his second wife,
Latrelle Barker Grissom of Wilmington
and three step children: Jeff Motley
and wife Emily of Maryland, Jennifer
Davis and husband Joe of Lumberton,
and Joel Motley and wife Tammy of
Virginia Beach, Va.

He is also survived by 22 grandchildren
and 3 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later
date to be determined in July, at his
cherished Carolina Beach.

In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to
the Carolina Beach Preservation fund
or to a charity of your choice.

Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Sign Guest Book” tab above.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


Purchase Flowers

Tribute Wall

Please feel free to sign the guestbook or share a memory



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • April 20, 2013
    Ruth Colvin Baucom says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He is finally at peace and with his Heavenly Father. God Bless you with His Love, now and always. Love, Tom and Ruth Colvin Baucom

  • April 21, 2013
    Scott Grissom says:
    Pop pop, Scott and I cleaned your room, there is Nc state stuff everywhere and were wearing it. Sweet tea and hush puppies is everywhere we look. Hug and kiss Nana for us and let her know just how much we miss her. I hope your drinking sweet tea together and sitting in a porch swing, swinging. We sure are gonna miss you but heavens sweeter with you there. (And I know you and nana are happy you're together, at last.) We love you, Daddy.

  • April 21, 2013
    Joni says:
    My sincerest sympathy goes out to the friends and family Charles. It is such a difficult thing to deal with. As time goes by, you will begin to realize that as you think of his smiles, his love of his family, his laughter, the pain will have diminished a bit and you'll find yourself smiling again. I didn't know him personally but, having lost someone dear to me, I can empathize with the pain you have and are experiencing. What comfort such scriptures as John 5:28,29 brought me! You will read there about the promise Jesus gave of resurrecting our loved ones back to life. When he resurrected His friend Lazarus back to life ( John 11:38-44 ) He showed his ability and desire to fulfill that promise. Can you just imagine the joy Lazarus' sisters felt when they held him in their arms once again? This joy we too will feel in the very near future. Until that day comes, we have the promise that God will draw close to those whose hearts have been broken ( Psalms 34:18 ) I truly hope these few scriptures have helped lessen the pain you feel as they had mine.

  • April 24, 2013
    Suzi Motley says:
    Lettie, so sorry to hear about Charlie. He was such a great guy. I know the last few years have been hard on him. He is at peace now and all of you I know will miss him. I hope all the kids are doing well. Tracy & Greg send you their love. Charlie was so good to them. Please take care of yourself. I would love to see you later and maybe go to lunch to catch up on the last few years. Thinking of you and all the kids, Suzi

  • April 21, 2013
    Allison Weeks says:
    Letty and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. Charlie was a Great man that will now be able to fully enjoy his life again.. I am sure that he is in Heaven cheering loudly for His State Team! God Bless, Allison Weeks