BESSEMER CITY - Ray Arnold Grigg, 81, passed away peacefully at the Robin Johnson House in Dallas on April 9, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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He was born Jan. 30, 1932, to the late Dewey and Lula Carroll Grigg.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Ticonderoga.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Johnson, Lucille Burroughs, Margaret (Chuffy) Dorsey, Thelma Robinson; brothers, Otto, Steve and Carroll Grigg.
Ray was a member of Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, Gastonia Masonic Lodge 369, a 33rd degree Mason, Shriner, Scottish Rites, Eastern Star, York Rites and Master of Lodge 369.
One of his proudest lifetime accomplishments was earning his architectural license and membership in the American Institute of
Architecture (AIA) at the age of 50 after working as a draftsman for many years. He was on the design team of numerous projects including First Wesleyan Church, Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, Earl Owensby Studios, W.C. Friday Junior High School, Ward Funeral Service and many others. He also owned and operated Fireball's Apache Camping Center for 28 years. He believed in telling a good story or joke to anyone he met. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to fish and to appreciate a good story and joke as much as he enjoyed telling them.
Ray is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Louise Pasour Grigg, who faithfully served as his caregiver during his extended illness.
Also surviving are his children, Meg Jeffers (Bill), Martin Grigg, Phillip Grigg (Penny), Amanda Rector (Mark); brother and wife, Joe and Claudia Grigg; grandchildren, Nick Jeffers(Donna), Daniel Jeffers, Carrie and Laura Grigg, Winston and Matthew Rector; great-grandchild, Gunner Jeffers; many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Myers Memorial United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the fellowship hall.
A special thank you to the staff at Robin Johnson House, the PICU at Gaston Memorial Hospital and Dr. Mark Nesky, and for the caring sup-port of our church family at Myers Memorial.
The family requests that memorial be made to: Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St; Oxford, NC 27565 or Myers Memorial UM Church, 301 South New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com for the Grigg family.
Ward Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 11, 2013