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MSG. Danny Lee Grimes

May 23, 1952 - May 8, 2023

Danny Lee Grimes, 70, of Forest, Virginia passed away on May 8, 2023, after his long and courageous fight with cancer.

Danny was born on May 23, 1952, in Columbus, Indiana, the son of the late Norman Grimes and Wanda Johnson (George).

Danny proudly served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. He then worked for Job Corps for 22 years where he was able to turn his passion for helping troubled youth into assisting many young people find successful careers. Danny enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf. He enjoyed relaxing by watching his favorite Clint Eastwood westerns while sipping chocolate milkshakes. Danny was the jokester of the family and always brought his great sense of humor to any situation.

Danny is survived by his loving wife of 21 years Nancy Grimes; sons Brent Grimes and Shawn Ayers (Kim); daughters; Nichola Gehring (Christian), Melissa McKenzie (Scott), Danielle Tedder (Anthony), Toy Eagle (Kevin), and Taylar Congdon (Stephen) as well as 16 beautiful grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Anthony Grimes (Nancy) and sister Sherry Grimes.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center for the special care that they gave Danny.

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 15 at 5:00pm at Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg. A memorial service with military honors will follow at 6:00pm in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg with Pastor Kevin Brooks officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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I was saddened to hear of Mr. Grimes' passing. My deepest condolences. He was the Center Director when I began working at Old Dominion Job Corps. He was a consistent and patient man who mentored us all, staff and students, with empathy and humor. He expected our best and gave his. I am thankful I got to work with him. He will be missed.

Posted by Jacquelyn Wright on May 16, 2023

Daddy joined the region three office of Job Corps family around 2000, when He Became Center Director at Old Dominion Job Corps Center. I had the very special privilege of working with him as the Regional Office project manager for about five years. He always showed respect for everyone, despite the enormity of our expectations of a center director. He was always willing to listen to ideas that would improve the center and the lives of the students. He was not afraid to collaborate and inject some creativity into some aspects of doing exactly that. We were able to play golf a few times over the years and there’s no need to say anything further about that. But the time spent with him was certainly enjoyable and he did indeed make the world a better place for those he touched. Miss you my friend.

Posted by Charles Trail on May 14, 2023

To the family of MSG Danny Lee Grimes, I was sorry to hear of Mr. Grimes' passing. He was always pleasant and nice to me. I enjoyed working under him for several years. I remember his last day at ODJCC; he said, "I have enjoyed working with you". What a nice thing to say. I hope your memories continue to comfort you now and always.

Posted by Tracy Christian on May 12, 2023

Nancy and all the children and grandchildren - I am deeply saddened by your, and the world's loss. Danny was a true gentleman and one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of knowing. His thoughtfulness and commitment to others always gave me, and others, hope for a better future. There are so many positive things I can say about Danny. Yet he made the world a better place for so many and his goodness will live on in those he touched.

Posted by Vincent F Doran on May 11, 2023

The Danny Grimes Family, On behalf of ETR and each of our Job Corps Centers, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Danny will always have and hold our respect and admiration as a person impacted and changed many lives and generations through both his service to our country and the Job Corps Program. It is with much sadness we send our condolences, but also with much honor, respect and admiration. ETR

Posted by Education & Training Resources on May 10, 2023

To the family of MSG Danny Lee Grimes, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling, but I hope that you find comfort in knowing that your beloved Danny will always be remembered and cherished by many people in the Job Corps family. Danny was a caring and inspiring leader, often sacrificing himself for the benefit of others, especially our students. on behalf of the Job Corps family, If there is anything that we can do to help you during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out. Whether it's a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen to, we are here for you. Please take care of yourself and know that you are not alone. Sincerely, Francis S. Cole, Ph.D. Philadelphia Regional Director (Retired)

Posted by Francis S. Cole on May 10, 2023

My wonderful big brother, how I\'m going to miss you. I\'m going to miss hearing you call me \"Sis.\" I\'m going to miss your witty sense of humor. You have always been a rock that so many in the family, and beyond, could count on. You entered the workforce before you were old enough to drive and never stopped until that awful disease forced you to finally give in. But, you never gave up. You were an inspiration to everyone. I love you, Danny. You will always be in my heart.

Posted by Sherry A Grimes on May 10, 2023

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