Mrs. Laurie Grizzard

Published 6:06 pm Friday, April 20, 2018

Mrs. Laurie Lynn Craven Grizzard, age 59, of Franklin passed away Wednesday April 18, 2018, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Grizzard will be conducted Sunday April 22, 2018, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange. Officiating will be the Rev. Terry Prestridge and the Rev. Paul Baxter. Her sons, Charles Grizzard and John Grizzard, will also offer remarks.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia.

Those serving as pall bearers will be Ryan Wilson, Jeremy Ryan, Jim Craven, Aaron Craven, Daniel Craven, Benjamin Craven, Gabriel Craven and Paul Carstensen.

The family will receive guests Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange and again at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the funeral, which will begin at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Grizzard was born Dec. 4, 1958 in Tucson, Arizona, to the late Mac Acca Craven, Jr. and the late Julia Helen Richardson Craven.

Having accepted Christ as a young girl, she was an active member of several Baptist churches throughout her life and was known for regularly using her talents as a pianist and organist in service to the Lord. Most recently, she blessed the congregation of Mount Pleasant Baptist church with her gifts, where she played piano regularly. She also loved God’s Word and diligently studied her Bible for decades.

She graduated from Haralson County High School, class of 1976, where she was the star student and salutatorian.

She graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of industrial engineering degree in 1980. She married Tim Grizzard on July 24, 1982. They had been married for almost 36 years.

She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, and she devoted her life to the care and education of her family. She home schooled each of her eight children and faithfully attended to their needs.

Among the activities that occupied her time were making quilts for family members, orphans and wounded veterans. She was also passionate about filling shoe boxes at Christmastime for Operation Christmas Child and was known to fill more than 100 each year. Her gifts reached children around the globe.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Grizzard of Franklin; daughters, Julia Carstensen (Paul) of Colorado, Cora Wilson (Ryan) of Atlanta, Victoria Ryan (Jeremy) of Augusta and Catherine Grizzard of Franklin; sons, Charles Grizzard of Virginia, John Grizzard (Kristen) of Carrollton, Richard Grizzard of Franklin and Sam Grizzard of Franklin; one granddaughter, Amelia Grizzard; one sister, Julia McCown (Tim) of Cartersville; two brothers, Joe Craven (Debbie) of Tallapoosa and William Craven (Karen) of Cartersville; 11 nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.