Joe Richard Grimes

Joe Richard Grimes

October 28, 2020, 93, Goldsboro

Joe Richard Grimes, 93, left this world to be with Jesus on Wednesday evening. Richard was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend whose love for life and others was apparent to all who met him.

Richard was born in Lenoir County on August 6, 1927 to the late Joe and Sally Bottoms Grimes. His first and favorite occupation was a farmer, and many of his happiest times were spent on the tractor at his family farm. Richard had also worked with Goldsboro Builders Supply and Seymour Funeral Home.

Anyone who met Richard was warmed by his love and affection. He was a gracious, kind and generous man who cared about the souls of everyone. He also had a rich love for the Lord. Richard was a member of Belfast Pentecostal Holiness Church where he had served as a deacon.

Richard had one true love of his life, Vanny, whom he met when he was 21 years old. They did life together well and especially enjoyed their trips to the beach to go fishing.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Richard’s life at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Interment will be Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pate Family Cemetery.

Richard is survived by his wife of 72 years, Evangeline Lancaster Grimes; daughters, Linda Carol Clark of New Bern, Alice Woodard of Pikeville and Vicki Mozingo of Goldsboro; son, Shannon Grimes and wife Angela of Smithfield; four grandchildren, Dana Woodard, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, Danielle Clark Koonce, Kayla Bays, and Dalton Thompson; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Woodard, Logan Woodard, Landon Woodard, Conner McKinney, Mattie McKinney, Rylee Jo Koonce and Aaron Bays.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Penny Alene Grimes; son, Joe Richard Grimes Jr.; and brother, Ollie Grimes.

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