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William A. Grimsley Jr.

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GRIMSLEY, JR., WILLIAM A., January 29, 1933-October 24, 2012, Longwood, FL Captain, US Navy, Retired. Son of William A. Grimsley Sr. and Bessie M. Grimsley (both deceased) and grandson of
Edward and Georgia Ellen Melton of Augusta, GA. Captain William
Arthur Grimsley, Jr. was born in Augusta, GA and graduated from the Academy of Richmond County in 1951 and the Junior College of Augusta in 1953. After having completed his sophomore year at The Junior College of Augusta, he entered Emory University's College of Dentistry in 1953 and graduated in the spring of 1957 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) at the age of 24. Captain Grimsley served four years in the Naval Reserves during his Emory University years prior to entry on active duty with the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1957. Captain Grimsley's first assignment on active duty was to the U.S. Navy Department on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. as a Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG). An assignment to the precommissioning crew aboard the USS Independence upon acceptance into the Regular Navy followed. Captain Grimsley served as part of the precommissioning crew and had duty as a Naval Officer on board ship. Another tour of duty aboard ship was served on the USS Intrepid from July 1968 to January 1969. One assignment had Captain
Grimsley assigned to the Naval Hospital/Dental Clinic in Pensacola, FL. The years passed with assignments to the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, HI and to Moffitt Field in Mountain View, CA. Two separate tours were served in Okinawa, Japan. The last tour in Okinawa, Capt. Grimsley served as the Chief Dental Officer over 5,000 (five thousand) naval personnel. Two tours of duty to the Naval Training Center in Orlando, FL rounded out a 30 year Navy career. His last assignment to the Naval Training Center in Orlando (1982 to 1987) was served as Director, Staff Dental Clinic and later as Director, Staff Recruit Dental Clinic. Captain Grimsley earned the rank of Captain, O-6, U.S. Navy in 1974 and retired with this rank in 1987. He was considered on two occasions for promotion to Rear Admiral, United States Navy. During his years of active duty, Captain Grimsley traveled extensively to locations of interest for cultural, musical, architectural and personal interests. His most memorable travel was to the Vatican and Vatican City, Rome, Italy where a tour of this religious building and grounds left a lasting impression. His travels stretched from both shores of the United States to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Mexico and Central America. His lone interest in sports extended solely to golf with the Masters Golf Tournament being the favorite. As a teenager and high school student, he had the privilege of serving as a gallery guard during the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club. To bolster his golfing ability, he took several lessons from the Augusta National's golf professionals to improve his golf swing and game, which yielded amazing results. Captain Wm. A. Grimsley, Jr. had a gentleness of spirit and devotion to animals to the extent of going to great extremes to care for, protect and nurture helpless creatures. His compassion for animals extended to the point of stopping his car on a roadway to remove the remains of deceased animals and placing them onto the safety of road shoulders and out of further harm's way. Captain Grimsley's love of music led to his taking piano lessons from Mrs. Emily Remington at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Augusta. It was Mrs. Remington who encouraged this love of music and to further his talent by learning also to play the organ (four mantle). While attending Emory University's College of Dentistry, Captain Grimsley was given access to practice and play the organ at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Captain Grimsley earned many awards during his Navy career. An award given to him upon retirement reads in part: "His constant devotion, effective leadership and superior performance contributed directly to the command's receipt of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, by his extraordinary leadership and outstanding performance, he set a standard of professionalism that was unexcelled. Captain Grimsley's perseverance, in-depth knowledge and selfless dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." For the President, Signed C.A.H. Trost, Admiral, United States Navy, Chief of Naval Operations. Those words exemplified his life. Captain Grimsley is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Betty Koch, Anaheim, CA, Mrs. Mary
Ammon (Ron) and Mrs. Sarah F. Ray, Augusta, GA, Mrs. Brenda
Riley (Michael), Huntsville, AL, Ms. Jane Grimsley, Longwood, FL and Lawrenceville, GA and David N. Grimsley, Sr., Roswell, GA. Services are being prepared by Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA. A graveside service is planned for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta. Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home in Altamonte Springs is coordinating arrangements with Elliott Sons
Funeral Home in Augusta, GA.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 28, 2012
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