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Funeral services for Charles Grissaffi 78, Grand Saline have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Sunday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Goodwin and Bro. Garvin Pulley officiating.
Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Grissaffi went to be with his Lord Wednesday August 3, 2016 in Tyler.
Charles was born May 11, 1938 in Dallas to the late Anthony and Laverne Schwanbeck Grissaffi. He lived in Dallas until his early 40's. At that time he made his move to East Texas where he first lived in Palestine and then Grand Saline where he lived his life until his final day in the company of his family. He was an actively loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was an awarded and accomplished salesman, an enthusiastic traveler and a loyal and dedicated business partner.
He was preceded in death by his mother Laverne Schwanbeck Grissaffi and his father Anthony Grissaffi.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Winnie Grissaffi, grand Saline, sons; William Charles Grissaffi, Florida, Chuck Grissaffi, Palestine, daughter; Cina Crooks, Palestine, grandchildren; Tiffany Ray, Chris Grissaffi, Cheyanne Crooks, Micah Grissaffi, Nathan Grissaffi and Hope Grissaffi all of Palestine, 7 great grandchildren, sister; Connie Grissaffi, Florida and 3 nieces and 1 nephew.
Pallbearers will be Chris Grissaffi, Micah Grissaffi, Nathan Grissaffi, Rickie Pagitt, Roy Crooks and Jason Vanderburg.
Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Fisher and Dale Carpenter.
The family wishes to thank each member of the attending medical staff of ETMC Medical Center and express a personal thank you to Dr. Gary Gross who was Charles personal physician, but a friend as well.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1-3P.M. Sunday prior to the service.
The family invites you to the home of Charles and Winnie Grissaffi in Grand Saline at the conclusion of services to share in a covered dish dinner.
If desired memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com.
Published on August 5, 2016
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