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John Edwin Grissom, 85
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Mr. John Edwin Grissom, 85, died Wednesday, June 5, at his residence after declining health. 

A native of Warren County and resident of the Midway community, he was born March 4, 1934, served in the Army National Guard for 16 years, was a lifelong self-employed farmer and nurseryman, and worked as a lineman with Caney Fork Electric for 24 years. Mr. Grissom also served on the Board of Directors of Warren Farmers Cooperative and Farm Bureau, was a County Commissioner for 12 years, an active member of the Midway Community Improvement Club for many years and was a member of the Church of Christ at Dibrell. He was the son of the late John Curl and Kathrynn Grissom, and was also preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and Leonard Guthrie and Curlene and Howard Locke, and brother-in-law Thomas Hall.

Edwin married Betty Lowe Grissom on April 26, 1958 who survives. Other survivors include his son Robert Bret Grissom of the Midway community, daughter and son-in-law Edwina Sue and Bobby Luna of Gallatin, three granddaughters Shelby Grae, Jenna Rae, and Katie Sue Luna, all of Gallatin, sister Linda Hall of Hermitage, brother and sister-in-law Joe Lynn and Ann Grissom of McMinnville, and a host of friends, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Walkup and Bobby Luna officiating. Interment will follow at Webb Cemetery at Bluff Springs. Military grave rites will be administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. The Grissom family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 7, 2019