Charles William Cabell Grigsby, Sr., 90, died peacefully in his Johnstown, Pennsylvania home Monday, September 3, 2018. Charles was born December 30, 1927 in Charleston, West Virginia, to Robert and Alma (Cabell) Grigsby, who preceded him in death.
Charles was a Veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Charles served his Country in the United States Navy for three years and then later as a Fighter Pilot and Flight Instructor with the United States Air Force, until he was discharged with full honors at rank of Captain in 1967. Charles continued to serve his Country as an Air Traffic Controller with the F.A.A. in Oberlin, until his retirement in 1987. He also enjoyed being the Oberlin Locksmith for 20 years until 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie (Haselrig) Grigsby; sisters, Mildred Moore and Gwendolyn Brooks and brother, Alton Grigsby; former wife, Ramona (Cyrus) Grigsby and their six children, Susan (Michael) White, Kelly Grigsby (Tony Jones), Michael (Mara) Grigsby, Jennifer Grigsby-Grier (Grant Grier), Danita Grigsby (John Dutton) and Charles Jr. (Reichele) Grigsby and Maxine Trent, Patricia Crawley and Daniel (Robin) Crawley; multiple grandchildren, Bruce Jackson, Derek Jackson, Nicolya Williams, Alan Grigsby, Jarod Dickson, Michaela Grigsby, Jaron Grigsby, Joshua Grigsby, Maleah Grigsby and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; greatnieces and nephews and cousins and friends.
He also is preceded in death by his first wife, Lena (Wheeler) Barnes; Charles was the third oldest of eight children and was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Towles Grigsby; sister, Almamae Jeane Grigsby; brothers, Meredith Grigsby and Walter Grigsby and brothers-in-law, Robert Brooks and Robert Moore.
Family will receive friends Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5 to 8 P.M. at Picking-Treece Bennett Mortuary, Inc., 921 Menoher Blvd, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Family will receive friends at First Cambria A.M.E. Zion Church, 409 Haynes St., Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 A.M. A funeral service will be held immediately thereafter at 11 A.M.