Roger Dale Grizzard

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Roger Dale Grizzard, age 72, passed from this life Saturday, May 25, 2019 in Lubbock. Roger was born July 18, 1946 in Fort Worth, Texas, to Bursey and Freda Winburn Grizzard. He grew up in Fort Worth and Stephenville, Texas, and was a 1964 graduate of Stephenville High School. Roger held a BA in History and a Masters in Teaching from Tarleton University. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as an Army First Lieutenant. For twenty-one years, Roger was a government, economics, and social studies teacher at Weatherford High School. Throughout his career, he was also a sponsor, counselor, coach, and the biggest cheerleader for ALL students and teachers. He was an active member of the Weatherford ISD's Education Foundation Board of Directors and received the district's first True Blue Kangaroo Fan in 2014 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Ex-student association in 2016. Grizzard was also an avid supporter of Weatherford College where he served on their Board of Trustees for 22 years, including two years as chairman. An active member in the business community and the perfect ambassador for Weatherford, The Chamber of Commerce presented Roger with the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1991 and the Small Business of the Year and the James H. Doss Award in 2008. Grizzard was a proud member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Roger was also a member of the Evening Lions Club and enjoyed serving the Senior Center their annual Spaghetti Supper. For forty-three years, he was the owner of The Pizza Place. He took great pride in the food he served, but it was never really about the pizza. Food was his ministry to make sure people felt loved and seen.

Roger is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Jeanine Grizzard of Weatherford, son, Tyler Grizzard of Weatherford, daughter, Holly Ferguson, her husband David, and grandchildren, Parker, Caroline, and Leyton of Waco. He is also survived by his sister Sharon Norcross Fox of Stephenville, her children Kevin Norcross and Kimberley (Bob) Winfrey and their families, his first cousin Sara (Don) Quy of Weatherford and their children, Steve (Erin) Quy, Jennifer (Ty) Egbert and their families.

The family would like to invite you to a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 15th at 3:30 PM in the Jerry Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following.
Published on June 12, 2019
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Curtis McBride
Jun 15, 2019
A freezing December night 1976 I left work at the Pizza Place on my motorcycle, slipped on a patch of ice in front of the store and tore up my knee. Roger was there with me until the ambulance arrived. I was a transplant to Weatherford, feeling a bit like a fish out of water and Roger made me feel a part. I left Texas and returned to 25 years later to find Roger had remained a cornerstone in the community all those years. He remembered me, called me by name and always chatted me up when picking up my favorite “pie”. I know there are thousands who he has influenced positively over the years and I imagine his will be the largest of remembrance gatherings I will ever attend. Rest In P...eace Roger. The prayers of this whole community are are sent up in support of your loved ones who have been left behind. A new item on the menu in heaven must include a large Sampler with a side of creamy Italian dressing. Otherwise, I will be first to lodge my concern with management no doubt.Read more
Gina jones
Jun 14, 2019
Roger was a true gentleman and a leader in the community. He will be missed by so many . Thank you Roger for adding a sparkle in Weatherford .
Wm. Picou
Jun 13, 2019
A scholar & a gentleman, Roger Grizzard will be sorely missed.

My deepest condolences to his family & friends.

Requiescat in pace.
James Griffith and Family
Jun 12, 2019
To the family of Roger Grizzard, my most deepest and sincere condolences and sympathies to you. Roger was the absolute perfect exampleof how a man should be. I worked for him at the Pizza Place, and could NOT ask for a BETTER friend, and mentor. I will always remember how much he loved, and enjoyed helping others without askingfor anything back. He will be greatly missed and loved.
James Plowman
Jun 11, 2019