GREGORY GREG GRISSOM Gregory Grissom, 56, of Santa Fe, NM, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Christus St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, NM. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.H. Kendrick officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Greg was born on September 6, 1957 in Waco to J.R. and Nell (Hall) Grissom. Greg attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Texas and Baylor University. He began his professional career as musical director for the Country Dinner Playhouse in Austin, Texas working with many legendary performers arranging and assisting in productions of America's greatest Broadway musical hits He gave his operatic debut in Phillip Haggeman's The Music Cure for the Santa Fe Concert Association and performed for the Santa Fe Opera's winter educational program for three years. Greg received national recognition as Santa Fes best singing Phantom in "Fodor's Travel Guide" and "Frommer's Travel." He was preceded in death by his father, J. R. "Cotton" Grissom; grandparents, Harold and Jimmie Hall and John and Pearl Grissom; uncle, Harold H. Hall, Jr.; and uncle and aunt, Rip and Lucy Grissom. Survivors include his mother, Nell Grissom of Waco; brother, Robert Grissom and wife Lisa of Axtell; nieces, Rebecca Grissom and fianc Brad Garlington of Athens, Renae Patterson and husband Don of Axtell; great nieces, Kari and Kimberly; great nephews, Justin, Tucker, Colton, Aaron and Braden; uncle and aunt, Bob and Amarillas Joyner of Bryant, AR; and several cousins including Bobby Joiner of Bryant, AR.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 4, 2014