Cecil Grimes was born in Nacogdoches, Texas to John and Mytie Grimes on October 8, 1927. He spent 12 years on the farm before moving to Houston in 1939. After finishing high school in 1944, he went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. In December of 1945 he was drafted into the U S Air Force. In 1947, he came home and went back to work for Southwestern Bell.
While working in Houston he met Linnie Ellisor and they married in March of 1952, a son was born in 1953 named John E. Grimes. They moved to Huntsville in 1965; still working for Southwestern Bell, reporting to Pop Oliver, he worked all over the Huntsville District. He retired in 1985 with 40 years of service in Houston and Huntsville.
In 1970, Pop Oliver retired, and they all got together and bought Pop a boat. Cecil fished with him for years, catching a lot of white perch. He enjoyed working in his yard and in 1988 won yard of the month by The Garden Club. He always planted a garden every year, raising vegetables and sharing with all the guys on the street. In 2005, due to Cecil's health issues the family was unable to travel with their camping club, which allowed more time for him to enjoy working in his yard and garden.
In 1988, Cecil served as president of the Sam Houston Telephone Pioneer Club in Huntsville. They joined the telephone pioneer family campers club called the Ding A Lings. He became the president in 1989, and they enjoyed traveling with the club for many years.
The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers Shelia Corley, Charlotte Corley, Total Home Health Care and to Shannon and all of the nurses who cared for Cecil.
Cecil is survived by his son John E. Grimes and wife Melissa; nieces Linda Kroll, Peggy Kerr and Ann Owen; nephews Larry Burt, Jack Burt, Gregg Burt, John Hayman and Thomas Hayman. He is preceded in death by his wife Linnie Grimes; parents John and Myrtie Grimes; and sisters Ruth Burt and Lillie Mae Hayman.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 2, 2017 in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Interment will follow the service at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on September 30, 2017