Services for Wallis D. Grimes, will be held Tuesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar. Graveside services were held at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis on Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Grimes passed away Thursday afternoon, May 4, at his home near Grand Junction.
A native of Moundville, Alabama, the son of the late Melvin and Lomie Griffin Grimes. He moved to Osceola, Arkansas, as a young man where he lived several years. He had also lived in Memphis and Bristol, Tennessee. Prior to moving to Hardeman County approximately 12 years ago, he had lived 10 years in Selmer and then in Pickwick 6-7 years. He was the widower of Norma Maxine Carson Grimes who passed from this life in April, 1967.
Mr. Grimes served his county in the US Army during World War II, first in the Infantry in Germany, where he was taken prisoner in January 1945. He served a second tour of duty with the occupational forces in Korea as a medic prior to the outbreak of the war there.
He worked more than 30 years as a skilled tradesman with International Harvester in Memphis, where he retired. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and was an avid outdoors man.
He is survived by two sons, David Randall Grimes and Douglas W. Grimes, both of Grand Junction; five brothers and sisters, Grady Grimes of Selmer, Bertha Gervin of Knoxville, Alyce Hickerson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gurtus and Johnny Grimes, both of Knoxville.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Lovelady; and his parents.
Steve Cole was born in Waynesboro on Dec. 10, 1949, the son of the late Mary K. (Kakie) and Claude Cole. He departed this life on Saturday, May 6, at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 26 days.
Steve lived in Savannah his entire life. Since he was unable to attend public school, a homebound teacher was provided for awhile. His knowledge and interest in so many things came from family, friends and being around others listening. He always expressed his thoughts and was full of life. Steve was a people person, particularly to “pretty girls.” He was loving, happy, full of life and always smiling. He loved music, especially gospel music. Steve loved cars and he had a huge collection of miniature classic cars. Every year he looked forward to the Barrett Jackson car sale on TV. Steve enjoyed watching his younger cousins play little league baseball. He eventually fell in love with the Atlanta Braves and never missed watching a game on TV. Steve enjoyed traveling and enjoyed vacationing with family. He looked forward to going to Florida every year. He traveled through Canada and the west...no place was off limits to Steve.
Steve was a member of First Baptist Church and loved attending Sunday school. He always had a love for God. Around the age of 11, he believed and accepted Jesus as his Savior, and that faith was with him and evident in his last few weeks.
Steve is survived by his aunts, Frances Davis of Savannah and Marietta Daniels of Toledo, Ohio; an uncle, Billy Cole of Waynesboro; local cousins, Pam Grigsby of Killen, Alabama, Bob, Blake, Barry and Bruce Winborn of Savannah, Marianna Nichols of Adamsville, Kevin and Robert Davis of Savannah and many out of town cousins; a life long friend, Kathy Petty of Savannah; and his sitters and special friends, Zan Marenchin, who had been with him for four years and Paula Kreft, who introduced him to Jesus Cares, where he believed he worked. As she said, “Although he wasn’t verbal, he spoke volumes.”
Along with his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Ethel Cole and Mary D. Christian; aunts, Gladys Winborn, Nell Wilson, and Pauline Cole; and uncles, Billy Frank Davis, Duncan James, and Robert Cole.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 9, at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Savannah with Michael Roach, Robert Davis and Paula Kreft officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery Hardin County, at Savannah.
Robert “Bob” W. Bixler, of Savannah, was born Oct. 4, 1931 in Watonga, Oklahoma as the second child of Harvey and Bonnie Temple Bixler. He attended elementary and high school in Watonga. When the Korean Conflict broke out he was drafted in the Army and deployed to Korea with the 31st Infantry Regiment as a combat engineer. Upon completion of his military service Bob enrolled at the University of Oklahoma – Norman graduating with a business degree in 1956.
In 1954 he was united in marriage to Bonnie Sue Welch, ultimately residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they had two children (Doug and Roxanne). Bob worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in the Pipe and Tube Division until he relocated to Savannah and began working at the Counce Pipe Manufacturing Mill in 1969. He remained there until his retirement in 1992, devoting 23 years of faithful service. He enjoyed deer and duck hunting, golf, dune-buggie activities and working on Volkswagen engines. In his retirement years he devoted his life to his faith, family and friends. He attended the Spoken Word Church in Savannah.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sue Welch Bixler; a son, Col, USA (Ret.) Douglas H. Bixler and wife Melissa of Dawson, Alabama; a daughter, Roxanne Yvonne Willoughby and husband Tim of Savannah; grandchildren, Joshua Bixler, Monica Dickson Lovelace, Christopher Bixler, Cristal Willoughby Fowler, Ryan Willoughby and Linsee Willoughby Murphy; stepgrandchildren, Derrick and Catherine McCurdy, Melissa Welchel, Emily McCurdy and Laramie McCurdy; great-grandchildren, Whitley and Westley Lovelace, Elijah Fowler, Gage, Grayson, Gavin, Brody and Kaden Bixler, Laila, Bryce, Orion and Indigo McCurdy, Jakub Nowak; and a great-great grandchild, Lila Welchel.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Warren and Bonnie Beatrice Temple Bixler; and a brother C. Temple Bixler.
Memorial donations may be made to Spoken Word Church, 835 Wayne Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.
Services were held on Wednesday, May 3, at 1 p.m., at Spoken Word Church in Savannah with J.P. Gillis officiating. Burial followed in the Watonga IOOF Cemetery at Watonga, Oklahoma.
Robert Kelton Grooms, 89, of Saltillo, died on Wednesday, May 3.
He was the son of the late Alvin and Gertie Grooms. He married Murriel Alexander Grooms, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Grooms was a truck driver for Gordon’s Trucking and Yellow Trucking, both in Memphis. He was a member of Saltillo Church of Christ.
He is survived by his son, Rick Lynn Grooms of Nashville; daughter, Sherry Grooms of Scotts Hill; sisters, Helen Eason of Saltillo and Betty Mitchell of Memphis; brothers, Bobby Grooms and Billy Grooms, both of Saltillo; and a grandchild.
In addition to his wife and parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Grooms; and his sister, Ellen Story.
Services were held on Sunday, May 7, at Saltillo Church of Christ in Saltillo with Larry Redmon officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Cemetery at Saltillo.
Lezlee Franks Stewart, 34, of Savannah, died on Saturday, May 6.
She was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the daughter of Jimmy Earl and Betty Lou Holland Franks. She was united in marriage to Jason Stewart, who survives.
Mrs. Stewart was a homemaker and was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jason Stewart of Savannah; her daughter, Emmy Lou Stewart; parents, Jimmy E. and Betty Franks of Savannah; and brothers, Jesse Franks and Jon Franks, both of Savannah.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 9, at Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Savannah with Artie Rivers officiating. Burial followed in Franks Cemetery at Savannah.