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Funeral services for Charles Raymond “Ray” Grimes, age 81, Melbourne, Fla., were held Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Melbourne.
Mr. Grimes departed this life peacefully at home on July 19, with his devoted family by his side. He was the son of the late Bill and Lola Grimes of Erwin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger brother, Jack Grymes.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Dorothy; sons Scott and Wayne Grimes; daughter, Kimberly Grimes; and one precious grandson, Nicholas Grimes. He is also survived by brothers, Bill Grimes and wife, Mary; Bob Grimes and wife, Mae; sisters, Dorothy Jean Hamilton, Norma Lee Melanson, Mary Ellen Grimes, and sister in law, Judy Labriola and husband John.
Mr. Grimes was born on July 26, 1930 in Canonsburg, Pa. He grew up in Erwin. A talented athlete, he was forced to forego a football scholarship due to a motorcycle accident, but proudly served in the U.S. Air Force following high school. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from East Tennessee State College.
Moving to Eau Gallie, Fla., in 1959, he was employed for more than 30 years at PAFB, where he worked for several corporations including RCA, Pan-Am, and CSR. He was an amazing bowler, and enjoyed playing golf, tinkering with cars, woodworking, and served on the board of directors for Eau Gallie Little League Baseball for several years.
A true family man, Mr. Grimes enjoyed the simpler things in life: spending time with loved ones, having cook-outs, and telling great stories to anyone who would listen. He was a loyal husband, epitomizing the vow “till death do us part,” and integrity. He will be deeply missed.