A funeral service for Weatherford community figure Roger Grizzard takes place on Saturday afternoon.
The service is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. in the Durant Auditorium at Weatherford High School and will be live-streamed for those who can’t attend.
Grizzard died on May 25 in Lubbock as a result of a car crash. His wife of nearly 45 years, Jeanine, and son Tyler were with him during the accident and survived.
Tyler received approval to be transferred to a rehab hospital in Dallas specializing in traumatic brain injuries, and was scheduled to move Thursday morning, but developed blood clots in his lungs Wednesday afternoon, according to the family. He is being monitored and given increased dosages of blood thinner. He was placed in a back brace by physical therapists earlier this week, according to family updates.
Roger Grizzard was born on July 18, 1946, in Fort Worth and graduated from Stephenville High School. He furthered his education by earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching from Tarleton State University.
Grizzard leaves behind his wife, two children, sister and three grandchildren, among other family members.
Grizzard was an active figure in the Weatherford community. He owned The Pizza Place on South Main Street and served as a Weatherford College trustee for 22 years, including two years as chairman.
Grizzard had taught government, economics and social studies at WHS for 21 years. He was also a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Before his death, Grizzard served on Weatherford ISD’s Education Foundation Board of Directors, as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Weatherford and as an Evening Lions Club member.
Grizzard also received accolades like the Distinguished Service Award from WISD’s Ex-Student Association in 2016, WISD’s first True Blue Kangaroo Fan in 2014 and the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce in 1991.
“Roger Grizzard was a man that touched many hearts and shaped many lives in Weatherford,” Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall said. “Honoring Roger in a manner that would be comparable his level of service is impossible. One of the ways this community can honor Roger is by serving to the degree and in the manner that he served.”
Weatherford residents have been paying tribute to Grizzard by leaving flowers and notes at The Pizza Place and gathering for prayer. During WISD’s school board meeting on Monday, President Mike Guest said Grizzard will be missed by the district and community.
“I know all of us have lost a good friend and an important part of this community by losing Mr. Grizzard,” Guest said. “For those of you who did know him, I don’t have to tell you. For those of you who didn’t know him, I’ve seen that guy give away more food and more pizzas to more programs and more people. I can also tell you that wherever he was, he was teaching. He was always working on how to make kids better, and trying to teach them something, giving them a piece of advice.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to First Baptist Church of Weatherford’s Ministry Scholarship fund, WISD Education Foundation or WC’s Roger Grizzard Memorial Scholarship Fund.