From the AFFA newsletter:

On Monday August 11th Charleston’s LGBT community lost a great friend in Kenny Grizzard after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

As Charlie Smith wrote, “Kenny’s name was synonymous with life in Charleston’s gay community for over 25 years. His was the first face many in our community met in their “coming out”. Whether it was at Dudley’s, The Arcade or at Pantheon, Kenny was always happy to meet a new friend. He didn’t just remember what you drank; he remembered what made you happy. Sometimes that was a funny story about something that had happened years ago and sometimes it was just the mention of a special friendship with someone who was long gone. Kenny knew us all and brought us all together in good times and bad.”

A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 5:00PM at the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street. Following the service, a pot-luck from 7-9PM will be held at the Black Cart (above Joe Pasta)-54 John Street.

I can only add that there’s a shared devastation among all of my friends. Kenny was so special.