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Sue Grizzle Duty

Lebanon, VA-   Sue Grizzle Duty passed away on September 30, 2021. Sue was born May 6, 1938 to parents Tivis and Beulah Couch Grizzle. She was a graduate of Cleveland High School and continued her education at Lees McRae College, Lincoln Memorial University and University of Virginia. She retired from Russell County Schools after teaching for over forty years. Her first teaching job was the last one-room school in Russell County.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents: Tivis and Beulah Couch Grizzle; husband: Bill Duty; stepson: William Duty; and granddaughter: Mary-Kathryn Abernathy.

She is survived by her brother: Earl Mason Grizzle (Sandra) of Gate City, VA; daughter: Martha Brubaker (Robert “Bru”) of Christiansburg, VA and son: Gregory Crabtree of Cleveland, VA; two stepchildren: Lisa Dove (Chris) of Richmond, VA and Dr. Tim Duty of Sydney, Australia. Sue was Nana to Preston Harrington, Robyn Kane, Andrew Duty, Colton Crabtree and Elijah Brubaker and great-grandmother to Taylor, George and David Kane. She was Aunt Sue to Travis and Darren Grizzle.

The service will be held at 2:00 p.m. October 3, 2021 in the Combs-Hess Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Larry Stinson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. The family will have a brief private committal service after the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Tim Wallace, Kenney Keys, Travis Grizzle, Wayne Musick, James Chafin and Paul Campbell.

Honorary pallbearers will be the men at Cleveland Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cleveland Baptist Church, Cleveland, VA.

The obituary can also be found on our website:    and expressions of sympathy can be made on our Combs-Hess Funeral Service Facebook page. Combs – Hess Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Duty family.  

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Sue Grizzle Duty, please visit our flower store.


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