Lillian Blanche Grindstaff, 85, of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late William Elbert and Sinnie Ureta Griffey Grindstaff.
Mrs. Grindstaff was a retired employee of North American Rayon Corporation after 45 years of service. She was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church, Elizabethton.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandsons and great-grandchildren, reading her Bible and her church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Earline Boots and husband Winston, Williamsburg, Va., and JoAnn Winters and husband Barry, Johnson City; four grandsons, Terry Boots and wife Christine, Tim Boots and wife Melissa, Chris Ritchie and Eric Winters; five great-granddaughters, Ashley, Amanda, Jessica, Emily and Jasmine; one great-grandson, Craig; and two sisters, Hazel Proffitt and Phyllis Townsend, both of Elizabethton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mrs. Grindstaff will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Frank Osborne and the Rev. Brian Smith officiating. Music will be provided by Joel Street and Cathy Chambers. The graveside service and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the Ensor Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Street and the Rev. Nathan Jennings officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Friday, will be Eric Winters, Tim Boots, Joel Keith Street, E.M. Sherer, Richard Hyder and Paul Grindstaff. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Rumley and the Stead Fast Sunday School Class at Bible Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Debbie Street and the staff of Pine Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also visit the family at the residence of a daughter, JoAnn Winters, Roger Lane, Johnson City, and a sister, Phyllis Jean Townsend, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Friday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Grindstaff family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.