Henry Lee Grimes Sr., age 68 of Gainesville, died May 21, 2012 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Gainesville, FL and the University of Florida with a B.A. degree in education. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.He was a former Gainesville Police Officer and retired as the first African American Fresh Water and Fish Commission Officer in Lake City, FL. He's a member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL and served as a Deacon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Grimes, and sisters, Shirley Grimes and Mary A. McRoy. Mr. Grimes is survived by 4 children, Rondy (Johnnie) Grimes, Henry (Kaytee) Grimes, Jr., Latonia A. Grimes and Latanya R. Grimes; 6 sisters, Apostle Cleopatra J. Steele, Johnnie Mae Clark, Margia Smith, Skeeter (Charles) White, Bertha Grimes and Jean Williams; 2 brothers, Bill Grimes and Jim Grimes; numerous grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends. A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Grimes will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 630 NW 2 St., Gainesville, FL, Rev. Geraldine McClellan is Pastor, Apostle Cleopatra J. Steele, Officiating, and his son, Mr. Rondy Grimes providing the words of comfort. Burial will be in Starke-Nelson Cemetery, Campville, FL. Viewing hours on Friday at PINKNEY-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 21400 SE HAWTHORNE RD, HAWTHORNE, FL, 3-7 p.m., and Saturday at Mt. Pleasant UMC, 12-1 p.m.. No viewing after words of comfort. The cortege will form 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ella Gardner, 1505 SE 38 Ct., Gainesville, FL. SERVICES ENTRUSTED TO PINKNEY-SMITH FUNERAL HOME OF HAWTHORNE (352) 481-2903
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Published in Lake City Reporter on May 24, 2012