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Hobert Edwin Grimes was born Sept. 11, 1921, to parents Charles Martin and Annie Abrams Grimes. He was born and raised in Sylacauga, Ala. 

 When Hobert was a young boy, his great grandfather gave his father some land in hopes that they would build a Baptist chapel. Not only did they build the chapel, which was named Grimes Chapel, but they also built a cemetery beside it.  Hobert and his siblings faithfully attended church there every Sunday.  On their way home after Sunday services, he and his siblings would stop and pick strawberries out of the nearby strawberry patch. However, once they arrived home with strawberry juice all over their white suits they knew they were in trouble.

 On Oct. 31, 1942, Hobert served his country in the United States Air Force from October 31, 1942 until his honorable discharge January 17, 1946.  He then went to work with his uncle as an auto mechanic. He later moved to Houston where he was employed as manager of the parts department at a Cadillac dealership.

 Hobert loved animals and enjoyed working.  He also loved to share with family and friends the story of how he met his wife.  He was having a garage sale and met Nola when she decided to stop in at the sale. When Hobert discovered that they shared a love for country music, he invited her to the Columbus Country Music Fest.

They were together eleven years before they were married January 28, 2008, in Hempstead.

 Hobert passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife:  Nola Grimes of Bellville; stepdaughters:  Nona Kaye Easterday of Conroe and Nancy Herod and her husband, Gene, of Corpus Christi; sister:  Mattie Grimes of Alabama; and brothers Charles Ray Grimes and Terry Martin Grimes and his wife, Shelia, also of Alabama. He is also survived by numerous step grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other dear family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Michael Thomas Waltmon.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 from Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Graveside service was Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 with brother Dennis Keen, officiating.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the charity of their choice.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville
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