Jerry "Tex" Grimes
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AGE: 87 • formerly of Bound Brook
On Monday, August 19, 2013 Jerry "Tex" Grimes left this world for a better place. He was 87. He was living in Delaware at the time of his death. Tex was born in 1926 to Geneva and Junior Ross Grimes in Shelby, NC. He was a WW2 veteran and served his country in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. After he left the military he moved to Bound Brook, NJ where he met and married Marie DiBiase. They had 2 children, Jerry Jr., and Elaine. Tex worked for Union Carbide in Piscataway for 35 years before retiring in 1985.
Tragedy struck his life when his son, Jerry Jr., was killed in an auto accident in Sarasota, Florida in 1981. Then in 2010 the sudden death of his daughter, Elaine brought him much sadness only to then lose the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Marie in February 2012. Through all the pain and losses he experienced Tex found great solace and strength in his singing. Friends said he played the guitar and sang like Johnny Cash and knew probably every country and western song ever written. He loved to perform at the Moose Lodge and the Elks Club in Bound Brook where he was a member along with entertaining folks at the South Bound Brook Senior Center and other places in and around the Bound Brook area. He attended the United Methodist Church in Bound Brook.
Everyone that knew him loved him. He was a no nonsense guy with a heart of gold and a generous spirit and his southern charm drew many to him. Tex always had a big smile and song ready to be sung and he would cheer anyone who needed cheering. Now he is singing in the great halls of Heaven for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is reunited with his family and his number one, "sugar" Marie.
He is survived by two grandsons Rory and Jerry both of Florida. Two sisters, Gwen Austin and Daphne Brown of China Grove, NC and two brothers, Bobby Grimes and Pedro Grimes also of China Grove, NC along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private. Donations can be made in Tex' name to the Bible League and the Humane Society. To send an online condolence visit www.strano-feeley.com
Strano & Feeley
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Newark, DE 19702
Published in Courier News on Aug. 25, 2013