Robert (Bob) Thomas Grissom, 84, of Tybee Island, Georgia, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Hospice Savannah.
Bob was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina on December 20, 1935. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; sons, Robert Thomas Grissom, Jr. and Charles Rawles Grissom; grandsons, Zachary and Benjamin; sister, Doris Askin; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and stepchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Sadie Grissom, and his sister, Savon Atkinson.
Bob attended Pittsboro High School in North Carolina and graduated from the University of Richmond. He served in the U.S. Navy after high school, and he worked a long and successful career as a computer programmer. He enjoyed a wonderful retirement on Tybee Island, living on the marsh, boating, crabbing, playing bridge, and singing in the church choir. Family and friends loved spending time with him, and he will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church on Tybee Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Chapel.
Bob made everyone feel welcome and special. We will miss him at church singing in the choir and will miss working out with him at the YMCA. We will be praying for all his family during this time of loss. Some people are in our hearts forever and that was Bob!
- Cathy & Paul Crafton, Kennesaw, GA
Bob has been around me most all of my life. He worked with my Father at General Electric on the space program in the 1960's and then again when my family relocated to the Atlanta Region in 1979. However, it wasn't until 1979 that my relationship with Bob began when I b became TKE Fraternity brother's with his beloved step-down John Simshauser. Bob was a man's man, an excellent carpenter, fisherman, eater and drinker. I am so very fortunate that I got to spend a some time with Bob and his wife Charlene at their place on Tybee Island. Bob taught me to throw a cast net in his backyard on the marsh. A skill I taught my son Nicholas'. Bob taught me to dig for clams. It was not this past Spring that my son was casting the net and I told him of how I learned to cast. Though our lives have been separate this past decade, I will miss Bob. My thoughts and prayers go out to Charlene, John and all of Bob's family. I will always have great memories of Bob every time I drive across that last bridge on to Type Island, anytime I look out on to the marsh, and especially when I cast the net for bait or to fish. Bob Grissom will be missed but not forgotten!
- Larry Singleton, Woodstock, GA
Bob was an upstanding man in our church and community. We were fortunate to have him in our lives. our condolences to Charlene and the family. May the pain of your loss lessen and your memories enhance your lives.
- Perb and Kay Fortner, Tybee Island, GA
Bob was our "creek neighbor" for many years. We have watched and admired how he shared his love for the creeks and marshes with his grandchildren. We watched as they first mustered the courage to jump off Bob's dock at high tide to their teenage years as they explored crabbing, kayaking and swimming while Bob let them be kids. Also I have enjoyed many years of conversations while we exercised at the Tybee Y. His knowledge and interests in current events was admirable. He will be missed. Ron & Paula Walker, Tybee
- Ron & Paula Walker, Tybee Island, Georgia
Our condolences to Charlene and family. We only have known Bob for a short period of time through Trinity Chapel, but that time has been most meaningful. Bob shared many storytelling events with me and I am most appreciative. Rest In Peace, my friend.
- Bonnie and Demery Bishop, Tybee Island, GA
Tybee has lost a lovely man and a wonderful bridge player.
- Julia S. Stepp, Tybee Island, GA
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlene and Bob’s family during this difficult time. Bob was a kind and fun loving man who will be missed by many. With our deepest sympathy and condolences.
- Susan & Dave Ason, Tybee Island , GA
I am hurt to hear of Bob's passing. We were gym buddies at the YMCA on Tybee. Mr. Bob was always so pleasant and had a wonderful sense of humor. I will miss him. Prays now for his beloved family.
- curtis veal, Savannah, GA
We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I have great memories of Bob and Charlene from our days at GE in Atlanta. All of our prayers are with Bob, Charlene and their family.
- Paula and Ken Mizell, Garner, NC
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was one of the finest men I have ever known. I knew him first as a client (I worked at GTE) and then later as a co-worker at G.E, and for many years a dear friend. Spent many happy times with Charlene and Bob in Atlanta and Tybee - had the honor to be at their wedding. He may be gone, but certainly not forgotten. Cherie Willard
- Cherie Willard, Gulfport, FL