Ollie Grice Kyzar

Published 5:05 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

Ollie Grice Kyzar, 86, of Rolling Fork and Brandon, Mississippi passed away March 29, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born October 7, 1933 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to the late Marcell and Annie Brister Grice of Brookhaven.

She graduated from Brookhaven High School and attended Mississippi College and Wake Forest University. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from Delta State University. She was also a graduate of The Principal’s Center of Harvard University.

She and her husband, The Reverend Reese Kyzar, lived in Westfield, North Carolina and Shaw, Mississippi before making their home in Rolling Fork, Mississippi where he was pastor of First Baptist Church for 36 years. She was a dedicated pastor’s wife having also been a Sunday School teacher, choir member and missions organizations leader. In retirement, they have lived in Brandon, Mississippi. She was a member of Flowood Baptist Church, Flowood, Mississippi.

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Ollie will be remembered as a devoted elementary teacher, reading specialist, counselor and assistant principal who loved her students. She was a strong advocate for education through her involvement and leadership roles in local, state and national education organizations. Her career as an educator spanned four decades in the Rolling Fork and South Delta School District.

She enjoyed travel and time spent in the mountains at their cabin High Cotton in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She also found great pleasure in treasure hunting for antiques and unique finds. She cared deeply for her friends and for many beloved pets through the years.

Ollie is survived by her husband of 66 years, The Reverend Reese Kyzar. She is predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Family visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven on Wednesday, April 1 followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery, Brookhaven, Mississippi Dr. Jim Futral will officiate.

If desired and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Baptist Church of Rolling Fork, 73 North First Street, Rolling Fork, MS 39159 or to Flowood Baptist Church Building Fund, Flowood MS.

Condolences and other information are available online at www.riverwoodfamily.com.