Jerry Lynn Grigsby was born Sept. 5, 1950, in Natchitoches. His parents were Enlow and Addie Lou Grigsby, and his oldest brother is Bob Grigsby. Jerry received his Associate in Science Degree in Mechanical Equipment Technology Motor Vehicle option with all honors from Delgado College in New Orleans, on June 5, 1970.
After graduation, Jerry went to work at General Electric Company as a final inspection operator. In the summer of 1971, Jerry met a girl by the name of Pamela Marie Dubea from Marksville in front of his house in Natchitoches. When their eyes first met it was love at first sight. Jerry and Pam were married soon after, Aug. 13, 1971, in Keithville. On June 6, 1975, Jerry and Pam gave birth to their first-born child, Jennifer Kay Grigsby. Four years later, Jerry, Pam, and Jennifer welcomed their new addition to the family, Melanie Renee’ Grigsby. Many years later, Jerry and Pam became Nana and Papa. Their daughter Jennifer gave birth to their first grandchild Aug. 15, 1993, Destiny Alane Bass. A year and a half later came their first grandson, Dustin Kyle Bass. Many years later, Jerry and Pam were blessed with another grandson, Jagger Ty Parker Sept. 9, 2004.
Jerry had many years’ experience in the automotive industry. He went from General Electric to Wray Ford then to A.B. Transmissions until he opened his own business Grigsby Automotive in Keithville. All the experience he acquired led him to a field of teaching others at Louisiana Technical College in Natchitoches. This is the career from where Jerry finally retired. He loved teaching his students, and helping people. Jerry was a kind, thoughtful and generous man that was loved by everyone who knew him. He was married to the love of his life for 46 years, and was an honest and loyal husband. He cherished his family, and always guided and pushed his girls to be the best person they could ever be in life. He adored his grand kids and only wanted the very best for them. But most of all he loved the LORD and wanted everyone to get to know Him better. He will be missed by many people, and will always be loved.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela D. Grigsby; daughters, Jennifer Kay Grigsby Desselle and Melanie Renee’ Grigsby; grandchildren, Destiny Bass Vascocu and Jagger Ty Parker; brother, Bob Grigsby; niece, Pamela Grigsby Allen; and nephews, Jeff Grigsby and Tim Grigsby.
Precedents in death are his father, Enlow Grigsby; mother, Addie Lou Fedrick Grigsby; and grandson, Dustin Kyle Bass.
A wake will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Thursday, Dec. 14 between 5-8 p.m. and funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Worship Center located 1813 Ashland Road, Coushatta. Burial will follow at Centuries Memorial Cemetery on Mansfield Road in Shreveport.
Pallbearers are Robert Bamburg, Dan Fedrick, James “Jimmy” Bamburg, Jonathan Desselle, Jennifer Desselle and Jagger Parker.