OBITUARY

Doris James Grimes

June 25, 1931April 28, 2021
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DORIS JAMES GRIMES, age 89 of Birmingham, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. She was preceded in death by her brother, Doug James. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Eugene J. Grimes; sons, Michael Grimes and Tommy Grimes (Julie); daughter, Lynda Grimes Lepkowski (Larry); brother, Dan James (Caroline); sister, Janice Kennedy (B.J.); grandchildren, Jarrod Grimes, Alex Grimes and Aubrie Ellen Grimes Rorer (Brian); and great-grandchildren, Corbin Grimes and Keira Grimes.

Doris was born and raised in Florence, Alabama, obtained her teaching certificate from Florence State Teachers College and subsequent Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The greatest part of her career was spent working in the Birmingham City School System, first as a teacher at South Eastlake and Kingston Elementary, then as a Counselor out of Epic School, and finally as a Counselor at W.J. Christian Magnet School. She retired in 1994 after 35 years as an Educator.

Doris was a true Renaissance woman with a range of passions including gardening, cooking, reading, singing, traveling abroad, sewing, and mentoring. Her overflowing kindness and devotion to serving others left a lasting impression on all who knew her. It was a regular occurrence that a past student, in town for the holidays, would drop by or call to check on how Mrs. Grimes was doing. She especially loved traveling to the British Isles, first as a tour host then becoming a defacto “Travel Agent” innumerable times for her many travel buddies. They would begin shortly after Christmas each year, inquiring, ‘Where are we going this year?’ Doris also was a dedicated member of Huffman Church of Christ for most of her adult life. Many may remember her for her deep alto voice and her colorful array of hats that she would wear to church every Sunday. And as a fierce advocate for animals, Doris rescued many beloved pets throughout her life.

We would be remiss is honoring Doris’ memory if we did not highlight her ardent passion for music. She participated both as a performer in the Sweet Adelines (the ladies’ component of Barbershop singing), and served as the Director of Junior Barbershop in Birmingham, introducing young men into the wonder and grace of close a cappella harmony. Doris was an accomplished pianist and taught many young students how to play the instrument, including her very own granddaughter!

Doris would list among her greatest joys being ‘Nana’ to her 3 grandchildren, for whom she was an exemplary role model of hard work, compassion, and kindness.

Our family would like to thank everyone at Green Oaks in Keller, Alabama; Rittenhouse in Hoover, Alabama; and The Village at Cook Springs for their assistance in caring for Doris. We would like to especially thank “Cousin Beth Anne” for her care, time and attention to Doris at the very onset of her Alzheimer’s.

As an alternative to flowers, donations to The Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society are appropriate.

Her family will celebrate her life with visitation on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 10-11 at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel with her service beginning at 11:00. There will be a graveside service at Florence Cemetery beginning at 3:30.

Services

8 May

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ridout's Trussville Chapel

1500 Gadsden Hwy
Birmingham, Alabama 35235

8 May

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Ridout's Trussville Chapel

1500 Gadsden Hwy
Birmingham, Alabama 35235

8 May

Graveside Service

3:30 pm

Florence Cemetery

705 E College Street
Florence, AL 35630

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Judy Odem

May 3, 2021

Janice, your sister was a beautiful lady. I am so sorry for your loss but she will never have more pain.

Denie Bowen Girardeau

May 1, 2021

Mrs. Grimes was not only my favorite teacher of all time but also very influential in so many ways. She had a natural instinct for her students guidance and needs. Her kindness truly helped me during my years at South East Lake, in more ways that I could possibly share here.
She is rejoicing and singing for Jesus now and I’m quite sure He has shared with her what a good a faithful servant she was to all of us that loved her, especially her beloved Family. May God comfort you all during this season of great loss.
~Denie G. ❤️✝️🙏

Lisa Johnson

April 30, 2021

This wonderful lady as my teacher knew I was suffering from an abusive home. She opened her home to me....she is always and forever in my heart...my love and hugs to her family....she will continue to always be special...I will never forget.

Laura Weaver

April 30, 2021

I have such wonderful memories of Mrs. Grimes as a teacher , mentor, and friend .
She taught us well and we knew she loved us. Thanks to her I was able travel overseas - she convinced my mom and dad to let me go!! It is a memory I will cherish forever. Mrs. Grimes loved her family and was very proud of each of you. May each one of you find peace knowing she is made whole and is singing in the heavenly choir.
Sincerely, Laura Odom Weaver

Toni Graves Whitten

April 29, 2021

Mrs. Grimes was a favorite teacher of so many and I am no different. She was fair and firm when needed. I remember her telling us we could do anything we set our minds to. Others, including our parents had told us this but coming from her it finally rang a bell. She used sewing a dress she had on that had a diamond cutout in the neckline. She explained the steps she went through to accomplish the task. Reading and math were involved in that lesson. Always teaching and singing is how I will remember her. ❤

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