SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Jack Webster Grigsby passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home Friday, April 29, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. with The Very Rev. Dr. Jacob W. Owensby officiating. A private burial service for the family will be held at Forest Park Cemetery.
Mr. Grigsby was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1923. He was an independent oil and gas explorer and producer, President of Grigsby Petroleum Inc., Lake Petroleum Inc., and associated entities. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Texas, LSU School of Geology in Baton Rouge, and U.S. Army Air Corps Communications School at Yale University. He served as Air Corps Communications, Radar, and Cryptographic Security Officer during World War II.
His maternal ancestors settled in the Shreveport area in 1839 and built their original Webster home, known as Mimosa Hall, near Shreveport, in the Republic of Texas. A great-grandfather, Rev. William Steele, was the first Episcopal missionary sent to the La-Tex area from Virginia, residing with his daughter and son-in-law at Mimosa Hall. One of Mr. Grigsby's paternal ancestors in the Grambling family donated land for the building of Grambling College, now known as Grambling State University.
During his career in petroleum exploration, he established a water flood oil unit in a large field in Red River Parish, which was a model of conservation and secondary recovery efficiency. He also discovered and unitized a prolific oil field in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans. He established several successful water flood oil units in the Shreveport area and drilled and produced numerous oil and gas wells in Louisiana, Mississippi, and East Texas.
He was an active contributor to a large number of civic enterprises and a member of numerous organizations including Shreveport Club, Community Foundation, Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, Shreveport Symphony Society, Shreveport Geological Society, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Independent Petroleum Association of America, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was former President of Shreveport Symphony Society and Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club; and former Vestryman of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Prior to Vestryman tenure at St. Mark's Church he formed a committee consisting of representatives from each local church parish and secured necessary funds to build existing Episcopal Student Center at Centenary College. As President of Shreveport Symphony, he was successful in raising local funds that secured a Ford Foundation matching grant, which was created as an endowment in trust and intended to perpetuate the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.
He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his home in Acapulco for more than 25 years, also frequently making it available for charity events.
Mr. Grigsby was preceded in death by his wife, Dina; daughter, Van Grigsby Johnston; his parents, R. Lane and Elizabeth Webster Grigsby; and his sister, Betty Lane Grigsby Boke.
He is survived by one daughter, Victoria Johnson of Shreveport; two sons, John Paul Grigsby and Morgan Downer Grigsby of Shreveport; sister, Gretchen Schymik of Evansville, Indiana; granddaughter, Lane Greer of Austin, Texas; grandsons, Dr. L. Webster Johnson and wife Amy, Dillon Wright and wife, Tiffany, all of Shreveport, Chris Johnson and wife, Krystin of Austin, Texas; great-granddaughters, Julia Reese Johnson of Austin, Texas and Sarah Webster Johnson of Shreveport; great-grandson, Dixon Andrew Wright of Shreveport; nieces, Amy Nussmeier, Jill Schroeder Vieth, Ann Schroeder Mullins; and nephew, Lane Young all of Evansville, Indiana and Washington, D.C.
Pallbearers will be Dr. L. Webster Johnson, Chris Johnson, Dillon Wright, Roy Burroughs, John Kroner, Carl Rice, Terry Watson, and Steve Yancey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Borders, William Johnston, Dr. Carl Goodman, John Hussey, Don Hathaway, George Head and Donne Pitman.
The family extends a special thank you to the following ladies for their devoted care of Mr. Grigsby, Dorothye Maxie Gardner, Ada Michelle Jones, Earnestene Roberson, Lillie Jenkins, Jackie Alexander, Rosie Eason, Kathryn Gafford and Doris James.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, the Providence House, or a charity of choice.