The last living male to carry the surname of our Grigsby family joined Jesus on February 23, 2020. Gary Glenn Grigsby was born 58 years ago, February 21, 1962, in Amherst, Texas to Harvey and Virgie Grigsby. He was greeted at home in Sudan, Texas by his two sisters, De’on and Lisa. These two sisters and his niece, Kayla Demory were blessed to stand along with Gary’s loving wife of 38 years, Karen, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas where pain was transformed into Paradise for Gary. The women at his side wept for each other as they said goodbye to Karen’s “Beloved Bud”—they touched those Grigsby hands one more time.
As a youth, Gary asked Jesus into his heart and was baptized in the Guadalupe Mountains. As a young husband he and Karen lived in Lovington, NM where Gary worked on the rigs in the Permian Basin. They later joined Harvey in Guymon, Oklahoma to run trucks for Grigsby Manure from 1983-1994. The young Grigsby couple later moved back to the town of Lovington, NM (where they had first fallen in love), but this time Gary traded in the oilfield rigs for a tanker and hauled oil for Navajo until 2008. They made their home in Brownfield, Texas where Karen serves as Terry County Treasurer.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Grigsby and Virgie Pickrell Thomas, both of Lovington, NM; a brother, William Zane Grigsby; two nephews, Shane Ray Johnson and Lance Corporal Aaron Cole Austin; his grandparents, Harvey Sr. and Una Mae Coulson Grigsby; L.H. Pickrell and Ferol McCurry Jones; Father and Mother-in-law, Jack and Loretta Windham.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Windham Grigsby of Brownfield; her brothers and the families of John Windham and Richard Windham; his sisters, De’on Miller, her husband Greg; Lisa Jewell, her husband Roy; several nieces and nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and faithful friends.
Gary loved Jesus, his Karen, family, puppies, kitties, rock and roll, blues and gospel music. He was a Giver. He Loved. Uncomplicated: He owned his beliefs, ideas, opinions and a sense of humor. He loved a good time. He never wanted the music to stop.
Gary will lie in state at Brownfield Funeral Home, 120 W. Tate Street in Brownfield, Texas. Viewing will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 10 am-7pm. Family visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Thursday evening. A celebration of his life will be at the chapel there on Friday, February 28 at 10 am. Steve Carter will officiate. After the funeral, Pastor Carter and Terry County Courthouse invite friends and family to a reception at Calvary Baptist Church, 402 W. Broadway, Brownfield, TX.
Burial will take place at 2:30 pm at the Littlefield Cemetery (in the new part of the old cemetery), Littlefield, Texas.