Roy Thomas Grimes

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Roy Thomas Grimes A funeral Mass for Roy Thomas Grimes will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 9821 Frankford Avenue. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Interment will be at City of Lubbock Cemetery with military funeral honors. Grimes was born September 5, 1926 to Roy Larkin Grimes and Jeanette FitzGerald in Wichita Falls. Roy married Jerry Freeman on June 12, 1954 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Lubbock. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1953 with Bachelor degrees in Business, Education, and a Masters in Education. His lifelong passion for education began the following year as classroom teacher/coach at J.T. Hutchinson Junior High, two years later Assistant Principal, and in 1961, Roy served as Principal for 27 years retiring in 1987. The following year he was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees where he served for 18 years. He and his parents moved to Lubbock in 1938, and he graduated from Lubbock High School in 1944. After graduation, Roy joined the U.S. Navy shortly before his 18th birthday and served two tours on active duty during WWII and the Korean Conflict. During this time, while serving as an educator, he continued in the Navy Reserves for the next 42 years and retired as a U.S. Navy Reserve Captain. Besides education and military service, he served in leadership roles in multiple church and community organizations. As a result, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus and Friend of Education by the College of Education and was the recipient of the School Board Trustee of the Year awards by the Lubbock Classroom Teacher Association and the Texas Classroom Teacher Association. Reese AFB named him a Friend of Reese. Texas Tech Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. Grimes belonged to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation, Silent Wings Museum, and was a Charter Member of the Science Spectrum. Currently, he was serving on committees for the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock, City of Lubbock, and LISD. Survivors include his wife, Jerry; son, Thomas Larkin; daughters, Catherine Moore and husband Don, Cynthia Mattson and husband Ron, and Susan DeWaters; grandchildren, Brandi and Rusty DeWaters, Seth and Marlee Mattson, and Conor and Ryen Moore; cousins, Dane and Jake Grant and Angela Horn; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and Novie Gilbert and Jimmy and Patsy Freeman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the College of Education Roy T. Grimes Scholarship; Texas Tech Alumni Association, Lubbock Principals' Association Scholarship Fund; South Plains Honor Flight; Christ the King Cathedral; Holy Spirit Church; Diocese of Lubbock; Hospice of Lubbock; or donor's favorite charity. To send your words of encouragement by sharing a memory or special thought of Roy visit

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2014
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