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Obituary: 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.
Wilmington Burial and Cremation is handling all the arrangements for the Grissom family.