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Jerald Dean "JD" Grissom, Sr.

June 23, 1938 — August 1, 2023

Silas Creek Chapel

Jerald Dean "JD" Grissom, Sr.

Jerald Dean “JD” Grissom, Sr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born to the late John Grissom and Faye Burleson Grissom on June 23, 1938, in Burnsville, NC. JD proudly served for six years in the US Air Force in a variety of locations including England, Canada, the Azores, and Louisiana. He worked as a dedicated and skilled diesel mechanic for over thirty years. JD enjoyed spending his free time riding and working on BMW motorcycles. More than anything, he was a devoted husband, father, grandad, son, and brother. His family will deeply miss his story telling and unconditional love. In addition to his parents, JD was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty Pate Grissom. Surviving is his son, James Grissom (Katherine); daughter, Mary Fowler (Donald); son, Jerald Dean Grissom, Jr. (Nancy); grandchildren, Andrew Grissom (Lauren), Michael Fowler, Jonathon Grissom, Jay Grissom, and William Grissom; brother, Jim Grissom (Kara); and sister, Alma Jones (Charles). A celebration of life will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Arbor Acres at 1240 Arbor Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be made at

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