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Since J. W. was instrumental in starting Future Farmers of America in Barbers Hill ISD, the family has requested that any memorial donations be made to Barbers Hill Young Farmers, J.W. Grimes Scholarship Fund, FFA/Ag Dept. – BHHS, P. O. Box 1108, Mont Be

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“Always know to me as Coach Grimes at New Caney High School in the early 60s when I was in high school. Coach Grimes carried the New Caney football...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Ronald L. Masterson - New Caney, TX

“I met Mr. Grimes first when I was 5 or 6 yrs. old. And I am Blessed to say I met up with him again and we became kinda buddies these last six...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Misty - Baytown, TX

“Words can not express what a "Special Gentleman" J. W. was. Having worked for and with him for many years, every day was special! Never heard him...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jo Ann Butler Smith - TX

“Always the optimist with an infectious smile, J.W. personified the phrase "Class Act". It would be difficult, if not impossible; to calculate the...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Barry Reiter - Clarcona, FL

“One of the most genuine and kind men I have ever met. His life has been full and his family is a testament to his character, grace, service and of...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Ralph and Mary Wilson - TX

“What a treasurer he has been to us all. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Wilson - Mont Belvieu, TX

“When I think of Mr. Grimes; I can't help but think of the ALL girl student council trip to Austin my senior year. He had the patience of a Saint....Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Bonta Alexander Fitzwater - TX

“My Grandpa has always been there for me and anyone else who has ever been associated with him. I would always spend my childhood days after school...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Wesley Grimes - Mont Belvieu, TX

“Coach Grimes asked me to be Woodville Eagle football manager in 1958 at age 11. This experience shaped my life into being a sports enthusiast. A...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: George Jarrott - Woodville, TX

“So sorry for ur loss our prayers are with you all ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Sofie Thomas - Baytown, TX

“JW was so welcoming to me when I first came to Barbers Hill Middle School in 1976 as a new, young teacher. Later, I became the Middle School...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Deborah Ginzel Orlowski - Austin, TX

“Mr. Grimes was a special man! Every memory I have of him is a wonderful one and there aren't many people I can say that about! He wrote a letter to...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Sylvia Blackmon - Baytown, TX

“My Dad, Red Porter, only ever called Mr. Grimes "Prince" because, as my Dad saw it, he was the kindest man my Dad had ever known. Mr. Grimes was the...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Missy Porter Malechek - TX

“If you lived in Woodwille and had any dealings with sports,you knew Mr. J.W.My sister married Luther Lowry son,Mike,so between both of them it wad...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Steve Benthall - Woodville, TX

“Terry and Patti our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Mike and Cindy Zigal ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Zigal - West Point, TX

“I love you great grandpa and will miss you. I will keep practicing my guitar until I'm good like you. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Haley Grimes - Yuma, AZ

“Mr. Grimes was a wonderful family friend who will be sorely missed by our family and I know all who knew him. His love for everyone was apparent in...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Jaime, Gina, Ryley & Rylan Harvey - TX

“Mr. Grimes was always encouraging, always smiling and always there for the students of Barbers Hill. Personally, I benefitted from his words of...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Anita Brooke Ratliff - TX

“As long as I can remember, my Grandpa has been by my side. It seems as though it was yesterday that we were together in Woodville fishing in a pond...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Matthew Grimes - Yuma, AZ

“I WAS GRADUATED IN 1954. COACH GRIMES WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND TEACHER.THEY WANTED ME TO DO A IMITATION OF JOHNNY RAY THE SINGER AND I SAID OH NO I...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: JOHNNIE FORD KING - LA

“Me. Grimes was a multi-generational inspiration to all the kids at Barbers Hill who knew him! Love you, sir! May You forever be in the presence of...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Carol Jo Brown (Blythe) - TX

“I am truly saddened by this news. Uncle J.W. was always a pleasure to be around, with wonderful stories, and plenty of laughter with each visit, My...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: David Hamerly - Austin, TX


John Wesley (J.W.) Grimes passed away March 25, 2014, at the age of 85 years from Parkinson's complications. He was born January 1, 1929, in Woodville, Texas, to John and Willie Grimes.

J.W. graduated from Kirby High School in Woodville and from Sam Houston State College in Huntsville with a degree in education. While in college, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Dean. After graduation J. W. went back to Woodville to teach and coach. He then moved on to teaching and coaching in the New Caney ISD. He later got his master's degree in education and counselor's certificate. Next, J. W. went to the Barbers Hill ISD (Mont Belvieu) where he worked as a teacher, counselor and principal. He retired from the Barbers Hill ISD. J.W. enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to classic country music, golf, deer hunting and visiting family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Willie Grimes; his wife, Helen Grimes; and his brother, Pete Grimes. J. W. is survived by his sister, Lila Shivers; his sons, Terry Grimes and wife, Patti and Tommy Grimes and wife, Margie; his grandsons, Matthew Grimes and wife, Ellie and Wesley Grimes and fiancée, Lindsey; step-grandsons, Jason Trevino and wife, Nora and Tim Trevino and fiancée, Jessica; and great grandchildren, Hayden and Haley Grimes. J. W. also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and was much loved by his family. He also touched the life of many students though his years of coaching, teaching and being a counselor. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at twelve noon on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Mt. Piscgah Community Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.

Since J. W. was instrumental in starting Future Farmers of America in Barbers Hill ISD, the family has requested that any memorial donations be made to Barbers Hill Young Farmers, J.W. Grimes Scholarship Fund, FFA/Ag Dept. – BHHS, P. O. Box 1108, Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580, to the attention of Ralph Wilson.