Mr. Grimsley was born and raised in Telfair County. He moved to St. Marys in 1950, where he was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men. He was a leader in 4-H and Boy Scouts. He was employed by Gilman Paper Company.
After his retirement in 1982, he resided in Eastman, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church, an active member of the DCH65 and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He returned to St. Marys in 2003 and maintained dual residences in both cities until his death.
He was an avid fisherman, master gardener, loved to sing and enjoyed being around people.
He was the son of the late Mamie Shaw Grimsley and Arthur T. Grimsley. He was preceded in death by his infant son and wife, Zelma L. Woodard Grimsley; five sisters, Mary Helen Strayer, Madge Huff, Laura Conyers, Maude Bowen and Betty Jackson; and two brothers, James Grimsley and Henry Grimsley.
Survivors include his daughter, Gwen G. Drury (Mike) of St. Marys; two sons, John A. Grimsley (Daphyne) of Alexandria, Va., and David H. Grimsley of St. Marys; brother, Charlie Grimsley (Nell) of Helena; six grandchildren, Patrick Drury (Amanda), Matthew Drury, Genii Grimsley, Ami Arnold Chancellor-Phillips, Logan Bradford (Alec) and Matt McSwain; four great-grandchildren, Brody and Reagan Drury, Alaura and Derick Schroyer; two sisters-in-law, Grace Jean Grimsley and Berta Coursey; three brothers-in-law, Edmond Woodard (Yoshiko), James Woodard and Johnzelle Woodard (Sheila); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church of Eastman, with Rev. Dale Thornton officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Mike Drury, Patrick Drury, Matthew Drury, Roy Jackson, Ronnie Mullis and Tim Hampton. Roy Grenade was the musician for the funeral service.
Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements, www.stokes-southerland.com.