James “Ryan” Grisham, age 26, of Van Alstyne, passed away March 30, 2020 at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Ryan was born Nov. 8, 1993 in Sherman, Texas to Mark and Jill Grisham.


Ryan attended Van Alstyne schools, graduating in 2012. Although intellectually gifted, he found "bookwork" far too slow in results. Watching TV shows or movies were boring.


All his life he was happiest when a "pile of parts" was in front of him to be assembled. Usually he had things working again even if there was a leftover part or two. Ryan was talented both electronically and mechanically, but preferred the latter leading to his work as a mechanic. Riding ridges, ravines, and river bottoms on a dirt-bike, four-wheeler or truck was pure joy to Ryan. And he always "hopefully" tore up something to fix again. He loved the beauty of and boating on Lake Texoma. Ryan dearly loved his parents, brothers, and extended family.


"Promise me you'll never forget me -- Because if I thought you would, I'd never leave" - Winnie-the Pooh .


Ryan, we could never forget you - your constant childhood questions, your teasing of others (especially your brothers), your kindness, your love of family, and your awe of nature and its wondrous adventures.


You never lived life "in idle" only "full throttle!" You're gone far too soon but never, ever forgotten. Rest in peace now with our never-ending love and no worries ever again.


Ryan is survived by his father, Mark Grisham of Van Alstyne; mother Jill (Stephens) Grisham of Van Alstyne; brother Payton Grisham of Van Alstyne; brother Hunter Grisham of Van Alstyne; grandmother Martha Stephens of Sherman; grandparents James and Barbra Grisham of Denison; uncle Jason and Christina Stephens of Whitewright; uncle Matthew and Heather Grisham of Sherman; uncle Nathan Gray of Howe;0 and Aunt Lisa and Michael Parker of Abilene.


A public come and go visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. April 3, 2020 at Scoggins Funeral Home. Services will be a private graveside on April 4 with Reverend Jerry Jones officiating.


Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy. Van Alstyne; 903-482-5225. You may sign the online register book at www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.