Roy Grigsby, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, USN, Retired
Roy Grigsby, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, United States Navy, Retired, went home to be with the
Lord on January 7, 2023. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 7, 1933, Roy was a committed husband,
father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a true patriot in every sense of the word, serving his
country and his community.
He was a graduate of Ullman High School, and attended Daniel Payne College, both in Birmingham,
A veteran of the Korean War as a United States Marine, Roy also served in Vietnam as a member of the
United States Navy. He served in his country’s military for more than 30 years retiring honorably. He
didn’t stop there; he also gave back to his community by serving as a member of the San Diego Police
Department Reserves, working as a single officer unit. He was also the first African American officer, as
well as the oldest officer, to go through and successfully complete the grueling mounted officer
Roy was honored by the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League for his service to his country
and community. He was presented to a crowd of more than 17,000 fans, and the story of his patriotic
accomplishments was shared and recognized by those in attendance.
Roy is survived by his wife of more than 66 years, Sarah; 2 daughters, 3 sons, 6 grandchildren, 2 great
grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. He was predeceased by 4 sisters.
Roy was a role model and inspiration to those who knew him.
His memory will live on forever in the hearts of his family and friends.