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Carlton Grisson, federal courthouse worker Aug. 16, 1941 -- Sept. 9, 2005

A wake and funeral service for Carlton Grisson, a longtime maintenance worker at Buffalo's federal courthouse, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1528 Michigan Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

Mr. Grisson, a lifelong resident of Buffalo, died Friday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness. He was 64.

An employee of Phoenix Frontier, he had worked on the cleaning staff at Michael Dillon Federal Courthouse for 20 years. A quiet but friendly man, he was well liked by court employees.

"He loved all the people at federal court. He considered the people there to be his second family," recalled Mr. Grisson's sister Thelma Lanier of Buffalo.

Mr. Grisson attended South Park High School and worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna for 14 years before starting work at the courthouse in 1985.

He enjoyed football, baseball, wrestling and "tinkering with things," his sister said.

He is survived by a daughter, Katherine of Easley, S.C.; two sons, Carlton Jr. and Antoine, both of Atlanta; two other sisters, Versie Lee Grisson of Buffalo and Carol M. Grisson of Syracuse; and eight grandchildren.

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