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01/20/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Willie Grinstead

Willie Edmund Grinstead
(d. 18 Jan 2013)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1951

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Sunday morning.      Willie Grinstead, Class of @ 1951, passed away at home in Newport News on Friday, January 19, 2013 at the age of 79.

From the Daily Press - 01/20/13:

         Willie Edmund Grinstead


    NEWPORT NEWS - Willie Edmund Grinstead, 79, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2013 at home. He was surrounded by his family.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Baerbel; his sons, Michael Grinstead (Celia) and Steven Grinstead; his daughter, Doris Harlow (Chris) as well as 5 grandchildren, Michael, Heather, Eric, Amber and Ian.

A native and lifelong resident of Newport News, he graduated from Newport News High School. He joined the Police Force in the City of Warwick, rising to the rank of City Sergeant. He then joined the Newport News Fire department where he retired as a Firefighter after 20 years.

Upon his retirement, he spent much of his time working at Eastern State hospital as a psychiatric assistant.

Willie Grinstead
  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12 noon at Weymouth Funeral Home by Chaplain Clarence Hilling. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in Peninsula Memorial Park with Fire Fighter Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newport News Fire Department SafeHouse Fund, 2400 Washington Ave., 6th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on January 20, 2013.

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January 20, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Willie for a while and also with his son. Willie was fun to be around because he could have you laughing without really trying. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Willie was one of a kind. I admired his humbleness and love for the Lord. To his family and friends may God provide you the strength that you need during your time of bereavement. I worked with him when I worked for the NNFD.

~ Sherlock Bruce, Charlotte, North Carolina

January 20, 2013

We certainly enjoyed visiting with Willie; he was a southern gentleman.

~ Betty Harlow, Fargo, North Dakota

January 20, 2013

I knew Bill about 45 years. There was that trip in the snow to William Mary to see Raymond Moody, trips to ARE in Virginia Beach, and to a Silva session. He was highly introspective and I appreciated that side of him. But he was more than that: a true friend.

~ Houston Fitzgerald, Eden, North Carolina

January 20, 2013

I was his nurse his last weekend in the hospital. I am sorry for your loss, but I am so happy that he was surrounded by his loved ones. He was awake a lot at night and I could tell how proud he was of his family. I know he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Jennifer Green, RN, Newport News, Virginia

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Although we only knew him for a short while, Louise and I really enjoyed our visits with him. His faith in God was evident anytime we talked. While he was blessed with a wonderful wife, family and friends during his time on earth, I know is enjoying his new home in the presence of the Lord. May the Lord continue to bless his family.

~ Jessie Hovatter, Shalimar, Florida

January 20, 2013

I am so sorry to read this tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I have thought of each of you often. I would love to see you when I get a chance to return to Newport News. I am pretty sure that he and Granddaddy have already found each other in Heaven. They are in the Firefighter's corner.

~ Mindi Minguez Johnson, Wendell, North Carolina

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Willie's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Firefighters' Emblem courtesy of - 08/17/07

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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