Bryan Grimes Jr.
Published 12:09 am Monday, January 1, 2007
AYDEN—Mr. Bryan Grimes, Jr., 67, passed from his earthly life on Friday, December, 29, 2006, in Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 1 p. m. in the Immanuel Free Will Baptist Church with pastor Brad Donaldson officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be William Demsie Grimes, James Robert Grimes, John Wharton Grimes, David Briley, Jr., Howard Paramore, Keith Manning, Cary Whitaker and Lyndel Barnes.
Mr. Grimes, a native of Washington, NC, was the first child of the late Bryan and Bobby Musgrave Grimes. He graduated from Washington High School in 1957 and the University of North Carolina in 1961. After college he became a commissioned officer in the USAF and served for a period of time in Vietnam. Since 1970, he has been self employed in various businesses. In 1981, he, along with his wife and son started Harvest Time Foods, Inc. which produces Anne’s Flat Dumplings. He retired as president in 1995 because of illness and his son, Bryan Grimes, III became president, but he never lost interest in the business. Before his illness he was a member of the Lion’s Club and the Toastmaster’s Club. He was a lifetime member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s International and a devoted member of Immanuel Free Will Baptist Church in Winterville and loved the people there.
Mr. Grimes was a gentle and kind man whose love for his family was only surpassed by the love he had for his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He went quietly through life and will be remembered by many for his kindness and many who never knew him benefited from his generosity. The world recognizes and applauds a man whose success in measured by his worldly possessions, but we honor this man for the treasures he built up in heaven which he now possesses. A man of strength, his courage was shown in the battle he fought for so many years against Lyme disease and the destruction it had on his body. He fought bravely, never complaining, and now he is seated in high places free from the bondage of this disease. A light has gone out here in our lives, but we know that Heaven has a bright new star.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mildred Anne Briley Grimes; son, Bryan Grimes, III and wife, Windy, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne all of Ayden; brothers, William Demsie Grimes and wife, Myrtle, of Mocksville, James Robert Grimes of Plymouth, and John Wharton Grimes and wife, Connie, of Washington; sister, Martha Lewis Grimes Harding and husband, Edmund, of Washington; brother-in-law, David C. Briley, Jr. and wife, Gwen, of Grimesland; sister-in-law, Peggy Joyce Briley Stocks and husband, Stanley, of Wendell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family received friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home Sunday from 7 - 9 p. m. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Free Will Baptist Church, 317 Vernon White Road, PO Box 415, Winterville, NC 28590.