Billie Jane Godwin Grimes
Billie Jane Godwin Grimes, 73, of Clinton, passed away on Monday May 8, 2017, at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham. Services will be held 11 a.m.Friday May 12, 2017, from First Baptist Church of Clinton with Rev. Arthur Thomas officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Greensboro Chapel directing.Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Billie was born March 13, 1944, in Blue Mountain, Ms., to Clarence and Margueritte Godwin.
She was preceded by her parents; brother, Jerry Godwin; sisters, Catherine Nutt and Betty Marie Jeter; son, Ricky Dean Tate; stepdaughter, Janice Lynn Grimes and a grandson, Michael Grissom.
Survivors are her husband, Joseph Alton Grimes of Clinton; daughters, Cheryl Christian (Scott) of Greensboro, Carla Jones (Shawn) of Greensboro and Dale Grimes of Centerville; sons, Randy Grimes (Allison) of Northport and Joey Grimes (Tiffany) of Moundville; brothers, Joseph Godwin of Rock Hill,SC, Robert Godwin (Carolyn) of Oklahoma and Willy Argus Godwin (Janet) of Blue Mountain, Ms.; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; her special friend her dog "Pepper" who never left her side.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Grimes, John Averett, Dalton Averett, Larry Dale Clark, Terry Clark, Barry Clark, Mike Nutt, David Godwin and Tim Jeter.
Honorary pallbearers are Rev. and Mrs.Marvin Johnson, Dr. Warren Holley, Dr. Sakina Kamal, Laura Etheridge, Rita Thompson and Jackie Thompson.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton.
Life Story for Billie Jane Godwin Grimes
Although she battled many health conditions. Her love for her family and friends never waivered.
In November 2016, she celebrated her 50th Wedding Anniversary surrounded by her family and friends. It was a very special occassion for her. Mom and Dad's marriage was a true testament of what we all should strive for. They both left shining examples of a marriage that withstood many trials. Their love for each other never waivered. They truly meant every word of their vows especially " for better or worse in sickness and in health". She taught her children the true meaning of love. Under every imaginable circumstance, she was always there for each of them to offer a kind word of support.
She loved the outdoors, birds, flowers, fishing, hunting, gatherings, gospel singings, and Alabama football. She was an avid hunter and her grandsons enjoyed bragging about the "big one" she had taken. She enjoyed reading and looking at bird magazines until she lost her vision in one eye in 2015.
She was a devoted wife of over 50 years. A devoted mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend