NORMAN — Gordon F. Grissom, 75, Noble, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Norman. He was born March 26, 1939, to Cyrus Dion and Nellie Stufflebean Grissom in Noble. Gordon fought an extremely courageous battle for three months with a rare lung disease.
Gordon attended elementary, grades first through eight at Canada School in a one-room school house south of Noble. After graduation from Noble High School in 1957, he began his career in the milk industry, which ultimately led to his acquisition of an independent milk distributorship in Atoka. Gordon built that business and became one of the largest distributors in the state. Gordon was a fantastic salesman because he never met a stranger. In addition to that, he was a top-rate car salesman, winning many awards for salesman of the year.
In retirement, Gordon enjoyed working at the farm with his cows, hay and tractors and taking care of his rental properties. He took great pride in being the best husband, father, milkman, landlord and, most of all, “Poppy.”
He was preceded in death by one son, Brian Grissom; three brothers, Vernon, Billy and Nolan; and two sisters, Nadine Pedersen and Evelyn Fox.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Sharon Grissom of the home; four sons, Scott Grissom, Tim Grissom and wife Cyndi, Jeff Grissom and wife Laura and Tony Grissom and wife Jenni; five grandchildren, Taylor, Tate, Riley, Caden and Jaxon Grissom; four sisters, Donnie Nell Northcutt, Joyce Brown, Mona Roberts and husband Elmer and Nona Argo and husband Wayne; and sisters-in-law Jo Nell Grissom and Florence Grissom. Gordon is also survived by a host of family and friends.
Visitation for Gordon will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with family receiving friends at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 330 E. Chestnut in Noble, with Dr. Cleve Haley and Jerry Williams officiating, and with interment following at IOOF Cemetery in Noble.