OBITUARY

Barbara Jean Harrell Grimsley

June 18, 1944July 2, 2017

Barbara Jean Harrell Grimsley June 18, 1944 – July 2, 2017 Barbara Jean Harrell Grimsley, 73, of Winterville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the Hock Pavilion Hospice House in Durham, NC. A graveside service will be conducted at 10:00am, Thursday, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wilson, NC, officiated by Dr. Jim Cooke. Barbara was born on June 18, 1944, in Wilson County, and grew up on tobacco farms in Saratoga and Stantonsburg. She graduated from Saratoga Central High School in 1962 and then attended Atlantic Christian College before transferring to East Carolina University. She married her high school sweetheart, Jimmie, on August 28, 1966, and after a brief stay in Athens, GA, they made their home in Greenville. Her entire professional career was spent at East Carolina University working with Dr. James Bearden, starting in 1966 until her retirement in 2014. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenville, NC. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her four grandchildren and watching them play baseball or soccer. Her grandchildren called her BaBa and their love for her was evident. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Susan Grimsley Stephens and husband, Brent of Winston-Salem, and their sons, Luke Thomas and Matthew Jacob; son, Jimmie Richard Grimsley, Jr. "Richie" and wife, Ashley of Cary, and their daughters, Alissa Blake "Ali" and Brooke Harper; mother, Ida Rose Harrell of Saratoga; sister, Mary Harrell McGee and husband, Jim of Asheville; sister, Betty Harrell Wooten and husband, John of Wilson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Ann Harrell "Dotsie" of Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Richard Grimsley, and her father, Charles Eugene Harrell. Barbara's children would like to express their gratitude for the medical care she received over the past 2 years at Duke Medical Center, especially Dr. Thomas LeBlanc and the staff on the 9100 wing. They would also like to express their thanks for the loving care she received at the Hock Pavilion Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made payable to the ECU Foundation Jimmie R. Grimsley Scholarship Fund, Greenville Centre, Room 2211, ECU, 2200 South Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to www.thomasyelverton.com.

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July 18, 2017

A wonderful lady. Al and I send our deepest sympathy. Dorothy and Al Mulle

July 18, 2017

Dear Mrs. Ida Rose and family. I'm sorry to hear of your loss of Barbara Jean. I remember so well the times we all had during tobacco season and how hard she worked. We could see how proud she made her Dad as she worked as responsibly as any of us and was a good role model. May the Lord greatly reward her in His kingdom and may your memories be used by the Holy Spirit to comfort you in the days ahead. it was just a few years ago that Barbara Jean and I connected again when she saw my cited condolences for Mrs Lizzie Barnes. I hope to visit you the next time I'm home.
Love,
Helen Simms Whitfield
Dazzelle's daughter.

Sandy Coan

July 9, 2017

My husband Rob and I were neighbors of Barbara and Jimmie. We found them to be two of the finest people we know. They will be missed by us and many others. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

Lauren Likosar Green

July 6, 2017

Susan and Richie. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom! I have so many fond memories of both of your parents as we were growing up and always thought so highly of them. When my own Mom passed away, your sweet mother took the time to write a note to every person in my family... it meant so much to me. I know that she will surely be missed but I am happy to know that she is re-united with your Dad. Hold tight to your memories! You will all be in my prayers.

Matt Everett

July 6, 2017

Susan, Richie, and Family,
Jut wanted you to know we were thinking about you. So sorry.

Staci Sharp

July 5, 2017

Susan,
I happened to see the obituary in the Wilson paper.
I am so sorry. Also , I did not know your Dad had passed away . I thought so much of him.
May God bless you and your family.

Staci Sharp

Jeff Broadway

July 5, 2017

So sorry to hear the news. My son received a Jimmie Grimsley scholarship and we had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Grimsley. Beautiful lady and we enjoyed our time with her. Our best to the family.
Jeff, Karen and Gil Broadway

July 4, 2017

Sorry about your loss, Jimmie and Edith Coley

Ed and Jane Witort

July 4, 2017

Our condolences and love to Susan and Richie and all family members. We have wonderful memories of Jimmie and Barbara having been neighbors for many years. We know they are together now.

April Stephens

July 4, 2017

Susan and Ritchie, Mrs. Grimsley was an extraordinary person to know. Our prayers are with you all .~~April and Isabella

FROM THE FAMILY