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Billie Jean GRINDER Obituary
GRINDER, Billie JeanAge 25, a loving and devoted wife, stepmother, daughter and sister, died Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Iraq as a result of a helicopter crash. She was a 2002 graduate of Smyrna High School and joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in July 2002. CW2 Grinder became a pilot in 2007 after completing Warrant Officer School at Ft. Rucker, AL and quickly excelled in her skills. She was currently a Pilot-In-Command (PIC) for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and assigned to C Trp, 1-230th ACS. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold William Smith; maternal grandparents, Cathuel Bowe and Juan Galon Bowe; paternal grandparents, Robert Smith and Joan Smith; and uncle, Woodford Bowe. Survivors include her husband, Samuel W. Grinder; stepdaughters, Megan and Makayla Grinder; mother, Roxanne Davenport; stepfather, Billy Davenport; sister, Melissa Baranovic; brothers, James Marhevka, Robbie Shang Frame II; niece, Tali Baranovic; aunt, Rebecca Bowe; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Monday and Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, Gallatin, TN. Services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with COL(P) William P. Wenzler officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the TNARNG Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Marcus Ray Alford, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Regions Bank (Village Green Branch) in Gallatin, TN. ALEXANDER F.H., (615)452-2324.
Published in The Tennessean from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2010
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