Timothy Donell Grimes 44, of Union Street, entered eternal rest on Thursday April 23, 2020 surrounded by family. He was born to Elder Henry L. Grimes Sr. and Marion J. Grimes on January 27, 1976 in Springfield, Ma. A Church Boy All His Life!!! Church wasn’t just somewhere that he went, it was who he was! Timmy grew up loving the church because his Dad and Mom did what God asked them to do in Genesis 18:19, as Abraham, Elder and Sis Grimes did what God commanded and that was teach their children to love God. Elder Grimes began fostering a love for not only God, but also a love for His house in Timothy as a little boy. When it was time to clean the church, he would put Timmy on top of the buffer and ride him around on top of it, thus his journey began. Although born with a birth defect/handicap Timmy never let it stop it him, he sang, he said recitations along with the rest of us and did whatever his hands could find to do. The first solo Timothy sang was a song called "Hide Behind That Mountain" we couldn't understand him very good but it didn't stop his love of singing! Timmy received the Holy Ghost at a young age and there was no aspect of church that you could not find Timmy in. He loved to sing and sang at one time in every choir except the Senior Choir, lol. He developed a love for music and was the church drummer for years and when he had the opportunity here lately, he would remind you that nobody could play those drums quite like Timmy. He was an integral part of the Sunday School Book Production Committee, the Youth Staff Committee, Pastor's Anniversary Committee, the Music Ministry, and the Church set up committee. He would stay with the ladies of the kitchen committee while we cooked late at night. If anyone moved into a new apartment Timmy had a hand in it, whether a member or not and he has even been known to travel out of state to help people move. He was the winner for the last 3 years in our Annual Memorial Day BBQ sauce cook-off. When Elder Grimes, his Dad, had to step back from traveling/leading the church convoy trips, Timmy picked right up where he left off and could be seen leading us right on into our destination (He did get us lost a couple of times), lol. An anointed steel guitar player, he took his inspiration from Deacon Henry Nelson a dear friend of our Late Senior Pastor. He could be seen many times directing things in the sound booth from his place behind his guitar! He loved his Senior Pastor/Bishop/Aunt, Bishop Elizabeth Williams, she would ask Timmy for something and he would make sure that it got done. An alum of Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical High School, Timothy graduated from Baran Institute of Technology with a degree in Diesel Technology and Branford Hall with a degree in HVAC. Timmy picked up anybody that needed a ride from anywhere, he was the church mechanic, many times late at night he would be seen going out to help someone who's car had stopped. Timmy was known by many names, Big Red, Uncle Fat Back, Bestest Cousin, Uncle Mimmy, Sis Beverly called him her Tiny Tim, He was a big kid at heart and many times could be seen making the young people laugh. He loved family!!! He knew parts of the family that even the most senior ones didn't know he would know, lol! He never had kids of his own, but his nieces, nephews and yes even the church kids were his!
He is predeceased by his brother in law, Daryl Winters Sr., on July 15 th , 2015; his brother Steven D. Grimes on June 2, 2019 and his aunt and bishop, Bishop Elizabeth Williams on April 13, 2020. Timothy leaves to cherish his memories his beloved parents: Elder Henry L. Grimes Sr. and Marion J. Grimes; his siblings; Henry Jr.; Latricia Winters; Tanya Davis (Andre), Shonda Stringer, Rebecca Green (Derrick), Kathleen Coates (Todd), Yvette Anderson, Cynthia Mack, Tracy Mock and Zina Dickson (James). He is also survived by his godchildren: Krishanti Williams, Jason Winters, Lyric Robinson, and Elijah Bacote; his special friend, Dia Monroe; a special Aunt Ava Kilpatrick and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, church family and friends. Timmy will be most remembered for his infectious laugh, his huge heart and his love for his family and church. Timmy our lives are forever changed for having had you in our lives, and we will never be the same now that you are physically not here. You're hiding behind that mountain where no more chilly winds are blowing! Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, services are private until such time as we can all gather together safely in one place. A memorial service to honor Timothy's life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the church that he loved so much in Timothy's memory.
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