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Joseph George Griesbeck, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1916
Death: Oct. 12, 2010

JOSEPH GEORGE GRIESBECK, JR., 94, of Memphis, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. George was born in Memphis on March 29, 1916 to Joseph George Griesbeck and Margaret Gallagher Griesbeck. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1935, where he participated in wrestling and football. He attended and received his BA from Rhodes College, formerly Southwestern at Memphis, where he was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He went on to receive a Masters degree from George Peabody College in Nashville (now part of Vanderbilt University) and a second BS degree from The University of Memphis. In 1941, George joined the Army during WWII and saw action in the D-Day landing. George went on to fight across Europe and in the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the mechanized 6th Calvary and as Scout and Reconnaissance for Patton's 3rd Army and was eventually discharged in 1945 with the rank of Captain. For the next 30 years, George worked as an educator and became the principal of Guthrie School, Fairview Junior High, St. Anne Highland and finally East High School from which he retired. George received numerous educational awards and in 1972 was honored for a lifetime of dedication to education by the Memphis City Schools. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church in Memphis. George was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Jane Murphy Griesbeck, brother, Charles William Griesbeck, and two sisters, Margaret Griesbeck Orman and Anne Griesbeck Swain. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Angie Brunini Henderson Griesbeck; stepson, Roy Thomas Henderson, Jr. of Memphis; stepdaughters, Anne Lane Hicks of North Carolina and Catherine Lovette McEwen of Nashville, and sister, Ellen Griesbeck Marr. He also leaves eight step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a visitation on Thursday, October 14 at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar from 5-7 p.m., with Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A mass will be said at St. Anne Catholic Church on Highland at 10 a.m., Friday, October 15, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests memorials be sent to Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy Research, a favorite charity of George's, at 158 Linwood Plaza, Suite 220, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Avenue (Published in The Commercial Appeal on October 13, 2010) 
 
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  Jane Murphy Griesbeck (1916 - 1996)
  Angie Henderson Brunini Griesbeck (1921 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Oct 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60032015
Joseph George Griesbeck, Jr
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