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Obituary: Virginia Lea Evans Grimes

 Virginia Lea Evans Grimes, 91, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at her home in Marietta, Ga., following a short illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ralph Grimes. She was the daughter of the late Finney Elmo and Maymie Campbell Evans, she was born December 28, 1922, in Nashville, Tenn.  A member of the first graduating class of Cohn High School, she designed the school's black onyx ring.

She graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1945 with a degree in industrial arts.  During WWII she took a yearlong break from her studies at Peabody to attend General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Mich.  Following graduation, she was employed as a draftsman by Victor Chemical and later Kerrigan Iron Works. In 1951 she married Ralph Grimes and made Franklin, Tenn., her home. Following his death in 1962, she began her teaching career at Franklin High School where she taught English and industrial arts, retiring in 1988 as chair of the English department.
She was an active member of Franklin First United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the Daly Thompson Bible Class. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, bridge, needlework, tennis, and Bible studies.
Surviving are her daughter Lea Ann Grimes Hudson and son-in-law James W. Hudson of Marietta and granddaughter Alice Anslea Hudson of Nashville. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Franklin First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Parker officiating. Interment at Williamson Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Franklin First United Methodist Church Foundation. 
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services,615 794-2289.

Posted on: 2/17/2014


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