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Winfrey L. Grymes Sr. Obituary
YORK Winfrey L. Grymes, Sr., 91, formerly of Lewes, Del., died Friday, June 14, 2013, at Rest Haven, York. He was the husband of Gertrude E. (Nelson) Grymes. A funeral liturgy will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 N. Second St., New Freedom, with the Rev. Joshua Brommer officiating. Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary with full military honors by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. He was the son of the late Joshua M. and Ora Mae (Brooks) Grymes. Born Janurary 1, 1922, during the Great Depression, Mr. Grymes was raised with his 13 siblings in rural Mineral, Va. As a young boy, he learned the survival skills associated with the proud heritage of those who understood hard times and limited resources. His knowledge reflected an intimate understanding of the world in which he grew. He could walk into a forest and identify each tree, bush, or bird. He could communicate with animals in a special and personal fashion. His granddaughter, Lauren, often thought that "Grandpop could talk to animals". Brought to Maryland at an early age, Mr. Grymes earned a ring in recognition of his service as a newsboy. He collected bottles in order to get the deposit money and had agreements with local "ne'er do wells" to secure their empty whiskey bottles. During the winter, he would scout out the railway tracks in search of coal that had fallen off. He always found a way to help his family. Mr. Grymes met the love of his life when he was 10 and she was 8 years old. Gertrude and her Wimpy have been together ever since and would have celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on June 27, 2013. Together they traveled to Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, and many of the lower 48 states. Their one regret was not being able to see the Grand Canyon. They were avid campers and especially enjoyed pulling their pop-up camper to Skyline Drive, Va. Affectionately known as "Wimp" (after the character in the Popeye cartoon), Mr. Grymes was a proud member of The American Legion, Slate Ridge Post 182, Whiteford, Md., the VFW, and the U.S.S. Yorktown CV-10 Association. He served with distinction aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown during World War II seeing action in the South Pacific. During the war, he served in the fire brigade aboard the carrier. After 35 years, he retired from Bethlehem Steel and moved to the "cabin": a special place where he entertained family and friends. Wimp and Gertrude relocated to Lewes, Del., in 1996. Wimp will be missed by all who enjoyed and loved him. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, JoAnne Melfa and her husband, Ronald of Shrewsbury, Win L. Grymes, Jr. and his wife, Phyllis of Bel Air, Md., and Patricia A. Smith and her husband, Charles of Baltimore, Md; four grandchildren, Charles E. and Amanda M. Smith, Lauren A. Cantanzarite and her husband, Brian, and Ryan B. Grymes; and one great-grandson, Nicholas Jones. He is also survived by a sister, Hazel Raeburn of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Wade Grymes of Melbourne, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, Joseph B. Nelson and his wife, Ida of Middletown, Del. He was preceded in death by 11 siblings. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on June 16, 2013
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