April 1, 2022, Columbus OH –
It is with great sadness to report the sudden and unforeseen loss of my son, Allen Ray Grimes, II. He died unexpectedly, on April 1, 2022 at his residence in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 32. He was born on August 17, 1990 in Goldsboro, NC, the son of William Allen Grimes and Barbara Grimes Bailey.
He graduated from Eastern Wayne High School, Class of 2008. Following graduation, he studied Applied Animal Science at Wayne Community College. He learned to dance at Top Hat Ballroom Dance Studio under the direction of his uncle, Charles and his beloved aunt, Melissa Zwerling. He participated in numerous dance competitions in North Carolina and was one of the competitive amateur expert members of the Dancing Stars of Wayne County in 2012. He pursued a professional career in scuba diving in Morehead City, NC, and Costa Rica. He became certified as an open water diver and an advanced instructor with numerous PADI certifications. After traveling to Japan with his dear friend Corey, he returned home and studied culinary arts. Thereafter he worked as a senior chef in Columbus, Ohio.
He was predeceased by his father, William Allen Grimes, his beloved Maternal Grandmother, Martha Grimes, and his Grandfather Allen Ray Grimes. Surviving in addition to his mother, Barbara Grimes Bailey and her husband Mark, his sister Lacey N. Bailey of Jacksonville, Maternal Grandmother and Grandfather, Linda and John Dimuccio of Warwick, RI, Grandfather, James M. Massey of Princeton, NC, Aunt, Sonya M. Johnson of Warwick, RI, and his Maternal Aunts, Linda Grimes Giuliani and her husband Michael and Melissa Grimes Zwerling and her husband Charles and their children Tiffany and Alexis, and his cousins, Ashlee Schallert and her husband Chris, Stacy Sherman and many other beloved cousins. To his special friends Scott, Cory and Blake, you guys saw the world together.
A service of remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022, at Seymour Funeral Home, 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC. The family will receive friends in the hour prior to the service and following the service at the funeral home. As per his wishes, he will be cremated and have his ashes spread off the coast of North Carolina where he loved his scuba diving. May he have eternal peace in the sea.