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George W. "Grandpa" Grizzle

 

George W. Grizzle (A Long life comes to an end) George W. Grizzle, Civil War Veteran, Dies at 103 George W. "Grandpa" Grizzle, who was Hughes county's sole surviving veteran of thie Civil war, died at 5:20 this morning at he home of his daughter, Mrs. Nanie Hodge, Third and Arnold streets, Penn West addition. He would hae been 104 years old July 6. Funeral services were be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Penn West Baptist church. Rev. Cecil McKinzy will officiate, assisted by Rev. W. E. Wilson and Rev. Riley Simpson. Burial will be held in the Holdenville cemetery with Mackey Funeral Home in charge. Only two weeks ago, in the May 30 issue of Life Magazine, Mr. Grizzle was pictured with 67 other verterans of the Civil War who were still living at that time. A resident of Holdenville since statehood, Mr. Grizzle was born July 6, 1845, in Lumpkin county GA. He moved with his family to Tennessee when he was five years old. He was employed as a farmer in McKin County, Tenn., when the war started. His family was separated during that war after the invading Union army forced him into the uniform of the North. His father and brother served with the Confederate forces. After the war, he was married at the age of 18 to in Dixon Tenn., and moved to Holdenville in 1907. He was an area farmer for several years before retirement. Mr. Grizzle was the oldest member of the Holdenville Pioneer Men's club. For years, he occupied the "head of the table" at the annual picnics. He had been a member of the organization's "big three" since it started. Members of the club are requested to meet at Middleton Transfer at 1:30 Tuesday to attend the services. He had been feeble since recent illness. Last year he had an attack of pneumonia. He had been ill this year, but the strong heart that carried him through a century of American life continued to sustain him until he died amid an air of quietness today. Active bearers of the rites will be Charlie Phillips, John Moore, Newton Hall, Luther Hensley, N. G. Poteete and Ernest Cox. Pioneer Men's club members will be honorary bearers. Mr. Grizzle had over 200 decendants, including four children, the youngest of whom is 65 and the oldest is 80. He had 66 grandchildren, 100 or more great grand children, about 37 great great grandchildren and at least one great great great grandchild. Three of the four living children live in Holdenville. They are W.W. Grizzle, M.B. Grizzle and Mrs. Hodge. T.L. Grizzle lives in Norman.

 

 

2016