Joan Nowell Grizzard

Joan Nowell Grizzard

Danville , Virginia
04.22.1940 - 11.04.2019
North Carolina

Joan Nowell Grizzard, 79, was born in Weldon, NC on April 22, 1940 to the late Vivian and Wilbur Nowell, Sr.

She is predeceased by her parents and brothers, Wilbur (Shineboy), Ray and John Curtis Nowell and her forever friend, Rose Marie Haynes.

She worked for the Suffolk Public School system until her retirement in 1998.

Joan is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles A. Grizzard, Jr.; daughters, Joni Holland (Stan) of Harrisonburg, VA; Laurie Grizzard of Zephyrlls, FL; Kelley Modlin (Ray) of Suffolk, VA and Renee Lester (John) of Danville, VA; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and her forever friends kids, Keith, Robin and Greg, she loved you just like her own; along with five nieces and numerous family members. She was a wonderful wife, momma and MeMe that was surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 AM Friday, November 8, 2019 by Rev. John Lester, Jr. in the Chapel at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be offered at

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Meadowbrook Memorial and Cremation Gardens
4569 Shoulders Hill Rd,
Suffolk , VA 23435
United States


The most amazing woman. I love you a bushel and peck. Marissa says " Hey Sugga"

Nikki Matthews

Charles and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Joan was such a kind, sweet person, she will be missed by many. My sincerest sympathy to you all. God bless you 🙏

Lynell Firebaugh

You will be missed. I've always thought of you as the sister I never had. You and my brother had a love people dream of having. I've loved you for 62 years. We had lots of memories over the years, which is something I will treasure. Our hearts are breaking but we know you are out of pain and with all your loved ones in heaven.

Anita & Dave Casteel

Charles and girls, my sisters Joyce & Peggy & I are so very sorry for your loss. The Nowell family was a big clan and we always looked to Joan’s daddy, Uncle Wilbur, as the head of the family. We didn’t get to see each other very often but we all shared that deep Nowell sense of family. We loved Joan and know she is at last free of pain and in The Lord’s care now. Sincere sympathy and love from her cousins.

Barbara Jean Daniels

Joan was an amazing person in every way possible. A friendly, kind and loving friend who was always glad to see you. She had the most beautiful blue eyes
She was a great cook with such enjoyable cookies that everyone wanted to eat. Her quiet caring ways will be greatly missed. Charles, Renna, John. BJ Karley Nolan and all the other family members you have my deepest condolences 🙏 💔 Mary Ann

Mary Ann Shelton

I'm sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Tracy Hudson

Charles and family we will be praying for you all. Sorry we can’t be there we’re in Bangkok, Thailand.

Chuck & Irma Goldsmith

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked for Joan years ago at the Suffolk Public Schools textbook depository, while I was a Senior in high school. She was a very nice and funny lady. I enjoyed learning from her. May God bring you comfort.

Renee Carr Jones

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

Steve & Chris Crider

Sarah and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that we, and your entire Suffolk Fire family, are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Don’t hesitate to reach out for anything.

Robert & Sarah Hodges

Renee, John, Charles & family - our hearts break for y’all right now. Ms. Joan will be greatly missed within our church family. Please know we are keeping each of you close in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy ~ Love

David & Tricia Waller

To the Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this trying time. It has surely been along time since our paths have crossed but you have my deepest sympathy. May God be with you all.

Yvonne Gardner Weiss

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