Graveside services for William F. Grissom, 91, were held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale with Chaplain Ray Parton officiating.

Mr. Grissom died Saturday, Jan. 19, in River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Milam County near Rockdale to Chester Leroy and Mollie (Smith) Grissom.

Mr. Grissom was raised in Rockdale and was a graduate of Rockdale High School.

After school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

After his service, Mr. Grissom moved to Houston where he lived for many years.

While in Houston, he worked for McCullough Tools for many years making oil field equipment. He later worked for a company in Bellaire, wiring sounding devices to work the floor of the Gulf looking for oil. He then went to work for Litton Industries in Alvin.

Mr. Grissom was a machinist, tool and dye maker and a draftsman.

After his retirement, he moved to Columbus, then later moved to Ellinger.

Mr. Grissom attended the Methodist Church and was a member of the Columbus VFW Post No. 6113.

He enjoyed dancing and working in the garden.

Mr. Grissom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Lee Grissom; and a sister, Marie Henninghaus.

Survivors are a daughter, Linda Grissom Runnels and husband James of Lake Jackson; a companion, Doris Morse, and her daughter, Karen Cervenka, both of Ellinger; a granddaughter, Christine Runnels of Lake Jackson; a great-granddaughter, Danielle Runnels of Lake Jackson; and a sister, Iris Parton of Houston.

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