May 6, 1945March 3, 2014

Charles Dow Grimes, Jr., age 68 of Mt. Olive, AL passed away on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Charles was a graduate of Phillips High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University. He later received his Master of Arts in Education from UAB. Charles served in the Army National Guard of Alabama for 6 years. He was a licensed Real Estate Appraiser (SRA) and had served twice as President of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers in Birmingham. He also served as president of the Gardendale Lions’ Club and was a faithful member of East Gardendale Baptist Church. Charles had a lifelong passion for music and a lifelong passion for fishing. He is dearly loved by his family and hosts of many friends, and his grandchildren were always the light of his life. He quietly did God’s work helping others all along the way. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Grimes, Sr. and survived by his mother, Catherine T. Grimes. Charles is also survived by his wife, Mary T. Grimes; a son, Charles Todd Grimes and his wife Jamie; three daughters, Catherine Grimes, Julie Grimes Smith and her husband Brian, and Jenny Grimes Hamil and her husband Ryan; a brother, Stephen Grimes and his wife Carol; two sisters, Shirley Juban and husband Lynn, and Gigi Scott and her husband Walker; his wonderful grandchildren, Charles Hudson Smith, Charles Fisher Grimes, William Porter Smith, Isla Catherine Hamil, and Lawson Louis Grimes. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 6th at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel at 3 PM with a visitation for friends beginning at 1:30 PM. Interment will follow in Oakwood Memorial Gardens in Gardendale. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to East Gardendale Baptist Church Building Fund.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 6, 2014


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February 27, 2015

My dad, Jimmy (Dick) Goodwin still speaks of Charles often. Charles death really impacted him because Dad thought of him as such a good friend. I hope you are doing ok and I pray for you often. God bless you.

Jessica Faucett

March 7, 2014

You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a sweet person. I always looked forward to seeing him on Sunday Mornings for the worship service.

Misty Davis

March 6, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Grimes. I enjoyed talking to him at church and was very saddened to hear about him passing. He will be missed. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

March 6, 2014

Grimes family,
Very sorry for you loss. I have known Charles since the early 80,s through the appraisal industry. Charles was a fine man and respected by many.

He and I worked together on many of the committees with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers where I learned to appreciate his work ethic.

I will be praying for the family. II Corinthians 5: 6-8 "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord"

Tanya Davis

March 6, 2014

Mary and family, I will miss Mr. Grimes attending East Gardendale Baptist Church. He was such a sweet man. Praying for you in this time of loss.

March 6, 2014

Mary, so sorry for your loss..Charlie was such a good man. You and your family will be remembered in prayer today.

LoJuana Goodwin Parker

March 6, 2014

Mary, we will be praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Charles was such a wonderful friend to my dad and I know he will be missed by all very much. God bless you and your family.

John & Barbara Wilson

March 6, 2014

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Grimes family. Charles will be deeply missed by all EGBC members.

Dianne Ragland

March 6, 2014

Mary, I will be praying for you and all the family. My heartfelt love and concern is with you.

Jeff, Laura & Griffin Barnett

March 6, 2014

You are in our thoughts and are all very special people.