Charles Ray Grimes

Mar 17th, 1941 - Jul 22nd, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Wed, Jul. 26th, 2017 6pm-8pm

Charles Ray Grimes

West Frankfort-Charles Ray Grimes, 76, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Herrin Hospital.

Charles’ wishes were to be cremated. A memorial services will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.  

Charles was born in Marion, Illinois to Dolphus Woodrow Grimes and Samelda Imogene (Presley) Grimes.

Charles was self-employed for the last 40 years of his life which included several local businesses utilizing his services. Those who knew him never called him Sir or Mr. and if you did he was quick tell you.  He will be missed by many, but he was loved deeply by his family.   

Charles’ survivors include three sons, Samuel Ray Grimes, of Zeigler, Billy Grimes (Renee Grimes) of West Frankfort, Scott Grimes (Amanda Grimes) of Marion, Illinois.  Daughters, Tara Travis of Sparta and Tammy Bundy of West Frankfort, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, grandchildren (15),  and great-grandchildren (3). 

Charles was preceded in death by both parents, step-daughter Shellie Ann Marshall, two brothers Harvey Lee Grimes and Cletis Eugene Grimes, two Sisters, Shirley Fern Hill and Betty Ann Rodgers. 

 Ashes to Ashes Dust to Dust

From ashes to ashes, from dust to dust

You’ll rise again, in this I’ll trust

You’re in our hearts, ’till the end.

We will meet again, I’m assured.

You may be gone, but I know you’re near.

In my heart, I hold you dear.

My only hope, in peace you’ll rest.

I still love you, I bet you guessed.

 I’ll see you soon, it’s a must.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust….

In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations made payable to Blue Funeral Home.  

2 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Tammy Bundy

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: July 26, 2017

    One day I’m going to marry you. Those seven words carried the weight of my world. Words spoken to my mother and wouldn’t you know it….. this man came into my life before I was a year old and married my mom before I was two. This man not only married my mom and become my dad, he was/is the greatest man I’ve ever known. When I want to express my feelings I generally relate via songs…. and when I think of my ole man, I think of Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again (Willie Nelson is one of his favorite artists). Another song that deeply defines my relationship with my dad is Brad Paisley’s He Didn’t Have to Be. He stepped up and completed my life. Throughout his life my dad was a simple man, never wasted his words, always had a way of doing things his way (wonder where I learned that), and he loved me unconditionally (as it was evident when my brother Billy Grimes gave me the letters I wrote him when I was in foster care and all the birthday cards, fathers day card, and pictures of every child event etc). Additionally, if you never met my father, I can honestly say, the song Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind by Confederate Railroad was the best way to describe him. My dad worked until he was 72 years of age and finally decided to slow down and live life a little slower. He truly never wanted anything to do with government or debt for the most part. That anti-government and anti-debt life is what he preferred. This man is a man of little or no words. He never spoke up unless something rubbed him the wrong way or if he thought he could show you or teach you something he thought you should know. Many people are fortunate to have known him either as a friend, a former employee when he worked for the man, a confidant, a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Many never knew him as an adversary, I can guarantee nobody wanted him as an adversary either. Those who knew him respected him. My dad wasn’t politically correct, he wasn’t big on public contact, but the friends he did make are friends that last a lifetime. He not only received respect he made you earn his respect. I never knew the depths of his soul, but I did know this man as my father, my dad, my hero. This man raised me when he didn’t have to, when I did end up in foster care after he and mom divorced, he put forth the fierce effort to find me, bring me home to see my family and keep my relationship with a few of my siblings alive. This man is my dad in life and in death. He is the grandfather to my three children who now are adults and moving on with their lives. I only hope they learned somethings from him to carry onto their children when the time comes. Dad, I love you more than words could ever express! you are the greatest man I’ve ever known. I’m proud you stood by me. I’m proud you chose me. I’m proud to call you Dad.

  • Guest: Greg Cripps

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: July 26, 2017

    I only met Charles a few times but I knew him well enough to know not to call him Mr or Sir. He struck me as a man of few words. When he spoke I’m sure it was worth listening.
    I know he will be greatly missed by his family and my friend.