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Gary Wayne Grimes

Keokee, Va.-Gary Wayne Grimes, 69, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of Keokee, Va. Gary was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as an electrician with Westmoreland Coal Co., was chief electrician for Harman Coal Co., service maintenance for Jeffrey Mining Equipment and a chief electrician with Fraley’s, Inc. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Keokee.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Olga (Gilliam) Grimes; and two brothers, Glenn Grimes and John Grimes.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Mary Ada Grimes; son, Gary Kevin Grimes (Tera), Dryden, Va.; daughter, Kristi Denise Gentry (Jamie), Powell Valley, Va.; three grandchildren, Coleman Gentry, Ashlyn Grimes and Allyson Grimes; sisters, Mary Smith (Garland), Harrisonburg, Va., Patricia Reed (Kenny), Knoxville, Tn., Martha Cottrell, Lakeland, Fla. and Shirley Parsons (Nathan), Silver Springs, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Ellia Grimes, Harlingen, Tx. and Patricia Grimes, Big Stone Gap; half brothers, Bill Hammonds (Debbie), St. Louis, Mo. and Jimmy Hammonds (Helen), Paducah, Ky.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ronald Richardson and Eddie Wilder.
The family will receive friends 5:00pm to 7:00pm Saturday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Dr. Nick Brewer officiating.
Military rites will be conducted at 2:00pm on Sunday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 1:20pm to go in procession to the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Grimes family.
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