Lori “Sissy” Grizzard Harrell

March 17, 1963 - April 26, 2023

03/17/1963 - 04/26/2023

MURFREESBORO, NC – Lori “Sissy” Grizzard Harrell, age 60, of Benthall Bridge Road, passed away peacefully, holding hands with her loving son on Tuesday, April 26, 2023 at the ECU Health Medical Center of Greenville, NC.

Sissy was born in Ahoskie, North Carolina on March 17, 1963, a daughter of the late Robert and Shirley Grizzard. She was a dedicated member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church where she served in many capacities such as singing in the choir and serving on the budget committee. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed the gatherings and time spent with her loved ones. She would light up a room with her beautiful smile and telling a good joke with her infectious laugh. Sissy enjoyed her river time, from fishing for brim to riding the Chowan on the pontoon boat. She was always putting others’ needs above hers and would do anything she could to help someone else. Along with her family and friends one of her prize possessions was her beloved dogs. Sissy was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Sissy was preceded in death by her father, Robert Taylor Grizzard, her mother, Shirley Byrum Grizzard, and a sister, Donna Grizzard.

Left to cherish Sissy’s memory is her beloved husband, Dale, her loving son Lee Smith and wife Sarah of Raleigh, NC; her grandson, Liam Smith; a sister, Rhonda Askew and husband Butch of Conway; a niece, Trisha Bryant of Conway; a great niece, Bre Eure of Conway; a brother in law, Thomas Harrell and wife Pat of Margarettsville; her cherished fur babies, Maggie and Harley; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 112 East Mt. Tabor Church Rd. Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Harrell family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Tim Britton
10 months ago

I just heard about Sissy the weekend.. totally in shock. Dale and family, my family would like to send our most sincere condolences and know she is out of pain and suffering. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. God bless to all.

Carol Majette-Sessoms
11 months ago

My sincere Condolences to the family and friends ???

Ronald Hill
11 months ago

Ms. Sissy was one of the most sweetest woman I have every met, her smile really lite up the office. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this difficult time.

Cindy and Charlie Perry
11 months ago

Dale, we are so sorrow for your loss. Sissy was no stranger. If you need any help with anything, Sissy would go out of her way to help you. We are forever grateful to have known her. Just remember God makes no mistake and Heaven have gain an angel. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

Sherrie and Glenn Brown
11 months ago

Prayers and hugs to you Dale and all of her family. Sissy was a beautiful person with a heart of gold. She will surely be missed by all that knew her. ??❤️

Larry Wynn
11 months ago

My deepest condolences to the family. My prayers are with you.

Shiwanda D Bishop
11 months ago

I was so sorry to read about the loss of your beloved family member. I pray that Jehovah God will comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) you all during this terrible time. The Bible promises that soon you will see that lovely smile again. (Acts 24:15 which states “I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”) Until that time, please allow Jehovah to wrap his loving and comforting arms around you all and comfort you through this time of bereavement. Please accept my condolences.  

Pam Carr
11 months ago

Sissy was a precious soul with an infectious smile. What a beautiful person she was. Dale, Lee and Rhonda our most sincere sympathies to all of you. Praise God she walks with Jesus no more sorrow no more pain no more tears. She truly left her mark here on earth.
Pam and Miles Carr

Joleatha Porter Chestnutt
11 months ago

I am sending my condolences to the family. I worked with Sissy for numerous of years. She was a great friend and she always know how to make you laugh. She was famous for her jokes and the stories of her fur babies. She loved her family. Dale and Lee, again you have my deepest sympathy. I use to call her Sissy Wissy!!!!!

Philip & Gail Burke
11 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. I remember seeing Sissy all the time going to the video store. She would always be smiling and telling me what are the best movies to watch. Our prayers and thoughts are with Dale and all of the family.