She was born in Alicia, Ark., and had lived in Jonesboro since 1960, moving here from Jackson, Tenn. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, a Rosie the Riveter during WWII at a bomb factory in Jacksonville, Ark., and she played basketball in 1937 for the Woman's Arkansas Redheads team and also for Arkansas College at Batesville now Lyons College.
She married Ray on Oct. 4, 1942 at Camp Carson, Colo. She raised four children while attending Arkansas State University, graduating in August 1972, at the age of 52. She started her teaching career in Lafe, as a teacher and basketball coach. She retired at Harrisburg Central.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ray Grigsby; parents, Fred and Pearl Wells Smith; one sister, Alice Whitmire and three brothers; John, Cecil, and Millard Smith.
Survivors include 2 sons, Rick Grigsby and Kathy, of West Plains, Mo., and Raiford Grigsby, of Jonesboro; two daughters, Janice Sparks and Towny, of Kennett, and Paula Gordon and Joe, of Jonesboro; two brothers, Larry Smith, of Hoxie, Ark., and Monroe Smith, of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; one sister, Delena Webb, of Springfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Towny Sparks II and Dee Dee, Tracy Ellis and Marr, Reid Grigsby and Tracy, Laura Beth Wade and Cory, Paul Gordon and Shandee, Ericka Atkins and Craig, Clayton Grigsby and Amanda, and Leanne Bass and Brandon, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Chris Cooper, Tim Johnson, Rick Grigsby and David Smith officiating.
Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Paul Gordon, Craig Atkins, Reid Grigsby, Clayton Grigsby, Rusty Grigsby, Kendall Snedeker, Allen Smith and Jeff Webb.
Honorary pallbearers were Towny Sparks II, Mark Ellis, Cory Wade and Brandon Bass.
Family requests that lasting memorials be made to the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1910 Disciple Drive, Jonesboro, Ark. 72401, or the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.
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