Roy Grindstaff

WWII Veteran

Roy Hubert Grindstaff, 91, of Conley, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 4, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Appalachia, Va., to the late Okie M. Flanary Grindstaff and Jake W. Grindstaff.

Roy was a World War II Veteran serving from 1943-1946 as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class for the Navy Amphibious Force. He served in North Africa, was wounded in Sicily, and stormed the beach in Normandy. He returned home to marry his sweetheart, and resided in Keokee, Va., and later Conley, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. He worked in the Glenbrook coalmine in Harlan, Ky., then International Bakerage in Lake City, Ga., and retired from Griffin Industries in Conley.

Roy was deeply devoted to his family and loved spending time with them and friends. In turn, he was greatly loved and admired. A Christian, Roy enjoyed reading the Bible with his daughters, and going to church. Roy had a wonderful singing voice, liked playing the harmonica, and enjoyed eating catfish at Captain Billy’s in Stockbridge and was an avid Braves fan. He was our hero, and always saluted the American flag wherever he went.

Survivors include brother Harry Grindstaff (Juanita) of Big Stone Gap, Va., and sister-in- law Mildred Adams of Appalachia, Va. Children Debbie Harrison (David) of Matthews, N.C.; Tommy L. Grindstaff (Peggy), of Corryton, Tenn.; and Kim Thompson (Chris), of Lovejoy, Ga. Grandchildren John Harrison (Heather), of Chapel HIll, N.C.; Elizabeth Harrison, of San Antonio, Texas; Bradley Grindstaff (Becky) of Corryton, Tenn.; Clifford Grindstaff of Albuquerque, N.M.; Michael Grindstaff (Lauren), of Straw Plains, Tenn.; Megan Jones (Jasen) of Corryton, Tenn.; Charlene Grindstaff, of Claxton, Tenn.; Kyle Thompson (Stephanie), of McDonough, Ga.; and Joseph Thompson of McDonough. Also surviving are great grandchildren Emilee and Caleb Stooksbury, of Claxton, Tenn.; Ava Grindstaff, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Brysen and Masen Jones, of Corryton, Tenn.; Adrian, Marley, Oliver, and Savannah Grindstaff, of Straw Plains, Tenn.; and Wyatt Thompson, of McDonough, Ga. Nieces Jerrie Adams (Don) of Big Stone Gap, Va., Jenny Adams of Appalachia, Va., Diane Woolard of Kernersville, N.C., and Jean Meadows, of Revelo, Ky. He is also survived by many other wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins, though far away in miles, always close in his heart.

Roy was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 55 years, Margaret Goff Grindstaff, sisters Helen Courtney of Kingsport, Tenn., and Hazel Begley of Appalachia, Va., brother Ralph Grindstaff of London, Ky., grandson Arthur Grindstaff of Powell, Tenn., and Paul Harrison of Matthews, N.C.

The funeral will be held graveside in the Veterans’ section of Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park, Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors in Morrow.