Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 14, 2013

Weldon Grimsley

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Funeral services for Weldon Grimsley, 94, of Winnsboro, formerly of Longview, will be held at 11 a.m. Wed., Aug. 14,  in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Longview with Rev. James E. Boatman officiating. Mr. Grimsley passed away Monday morning in a Winnsboro nursing home. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning from 10 - 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Weldon was born on Oct. 2, 1918 in Center, Texas to Vollie Bruce and Littie Ann Grimsley. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Church for over 30 years and loved the Lord and it showed in his life. He owned a Bait and Tackle Shop in Center  for many years and owned and operated a Coin Shop in Longview as well. He was very active in the Lion's Club and served for a while as the president. Mr. Grimsley loved the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing but he found great joy and local fame for being a beekeeper. He loved working with bees and everyone in east Texas knew him as the foremost authority on bees. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ann Bradshaw; his sisters Ruby Peacock and Gertie Grimsley; and his brothers Choran Grimsley and Elvin Grimsley.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 73 years, Irene Grimsley; his daughter Mary Lynn Bublitz and her husband Ron; one sister, Melba Williams; his grandchildren Ken Bradshaw, Karen Ann Tinney, Paul Bradshaw, and Susan Shirley; and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial guestbook may be signed online at www.raderfh.com.