A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Fred R. and Bertie E. Nave Grindstaff.
Mr. Grindstaff was a member of Roan Street Free Will Baptist Church and a retired employee of Nuclear Fuel Services.
Mr. Grindstaff was an avid gun collector and a member of NRA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Hyder Grindstaff, and an infant son, David Jones Grindstaff.
Survivors include a son, Steve Grindstaff, Elizabethton; three grandchildren, Erin Grindstaff Wiles and her husband, Adam, of Alabama, Brooks Grindstaff and Christopher Grindstaff, both of Elizabethton; two brothers, Phillip Grindstaff and his wife, Joyce, Elizabethton, and Larry Grindstaff and his wife, Judy, Gray; and two sisters, Alma Bowers and her husband, Bob, and Janet Oliver, all of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Additional survivors include special friends, Wade Woods, Vernice Powell, Gay Hyder, J.D. Anderson and Elizabeth Williams.
The graveside service for Mr. Grindstaff will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Gary Pate officiating. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Victor and Judy Deloach and the staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home and Johnson City Medical Center for their loving care of Mr. Grindstaff during his illness. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guestbook or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Grindstaff family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.