2018-08-08 / Obituaries


Mr. Phillip Wayne Grimsley, 83, of Adel passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at his residence. Mr. Grimsley was born February 2, 1935, in Colquitt, GA, to the late Roy and Mary Lou Williams Grimsley. He served in the United States Air Force for 23 years and retired as a Lt. Col. Mr. Grimsley moved to Adel in 1978 to become the owner of Cook County Ford for 31 years. He retired in 2009 and was known as “Tall Phil.” He put Adel on the map with “That’s Adel, Baby!” Mr. Grimsley was dedicated to the education of Cook County students, giving countless scholarships. He was generous to many organizations and charities.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Thomas Grimsley of Adel; children, Heather Grimsley, Nicole Grimsley Metzheiser and her husband, Neil Metzheiser, all of Atlanta; grandchildren, Phillip Metzheiser, Henry Metzheiser, and John Metzheiser, all of Atlanta; stepchildren, Will Kelley and his wife, Katie Kelley of Adel, Leslie Patrick and her husband, Michael Patrick of Lavonia, GA., and Lora Young and her husband, Austin Young of Adel; step-grandchildren, Anna Kelley, Allie Kelley, Ensley Patrick and Abel Young; sister, Kaye Helms and her husband, Dale Helms of Cairo; nephews, Gregg Grimsley, Felix Grimsley, Garrett Grimsley, Dee Helms, and Jon Helms. Mr. Grimsley was preceded in death by his brother, Don Grimsley.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 3, 2018, at Adel First Baptist Church with Minister, Chris Newbern, and Rev. Bill Marlette officiating. Interment was held at Woodlawn City Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers were Leon George, Kirk Hand, Michael Dinnerman, Freddie Palmer, Tom W. Thomas, Sr., and David Huckaby. Honorary pallbearers were Gregg Grimsley, Felix Grimsley, Dee Helms, and Seth Tucker. Music selections were "In The Garden", "Amazing Grace", "Go Rest High On That Mountain", and "Just As I Am" with pianist, Shelia Humber. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.purvisfh.com. Purvis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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