A Celebration of Life for Mr. Benjamin E. Grizzard

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Known affectionately as Uncle Pete. I attended the funeral of my wife's Uncle this week and came away feeling that when my time comes or anyone for that matter, one can only hope to have their life celebrated in this manner. I wanted to share this with you because I hope it tells the story of a man that probably never really knew how great a person and friend he was. A true celebration of a life although he will be truly missed, a life that will carry on for generations to come. Of the hundreds attending there was not a dry eye in the place as people spoke of how he touched their lives.

There were seven preachers that spoke of how Uncle Pete touched not only his friends and families lives but how he touched their lives and how much better they were from knowing him. I mean, come on seven preachers, I can't think of a President that has had that many preachers speak at their funeral.

But from what I know and having talked to people that knew Uncle Pete, he was a silent and soft spoken man, that had no problem admitting and sharing his love for family, friends and faith. That was one thing that was very clear. Even at 76 he was as fit as most 40 year old. He would help folks even to the point of literally giving the shirt off his back.

One of the speakers said it best. Ben wanted to live a life worth living and live it to the end and he truly did just that.

He was a Washington DC policeman at the time of the shooting of President Kennedy, He served his country in the Navy and he was a passionate Christian and had a very unique way of sharing his faith and love of Christ. Truly on this day I for one witnessed a true angel headed home.

I would like to thank the Meadowbrook Baptist Church and K.L. Brown Memory Chapel for all their efforts and support for making this day a true celebration of a life one can only have hoped to live as Uncle Pete lived. I wished I could have thanked him for the privilege of not only knowing him but also for the priviege of attending this day, a day I was truly touched and will never forget. 

Comments (5)

Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Great commendation for a life well lived.  He sounds like a truly great human being.  And, he probably didn't realize how great he really was until he got his reward!  You have served him well by letting us know about this remarkable man!

Mar 27, 2009 04:32 PM
Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

Charles, Thanks for posting about the great humanitarian your Uncle Pete was during his life here on earth. You did a fine job letting us know the many lives he had touched. Made me thing about the series "touched by an angel"

As you said, you witnessed a true angel headed home.

Mar 27, 2009 05:27 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Thanks for visiting Don and Kathleen. I have been to a few funerals in my time but this was truly a celebration and words would never do Uncle Pete jusice. I mean 7 preachers speaking and no one wanting to leave even after 6 or 7 hours. Folks just felt they owed hm or something. I jus cannot believe what it was like.

Mar 28, 2009 01:37 PM
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