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Gladys Thompson Grimes

Gladys Thompson Grimes, 89, of Ruth, MS, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

She was born August 6, 1928, in Ruth, MS, to James Bailey Thompson and Irene Greer Thompson.

She was the mother everyone wished they had. Her cooking, kindness and generosity were surpassed only by her compassion and lack of judgement of others. She truly lived the Christian life.

She followed her husband, J.R., from Pascagoula, MS, to Ponce, Puerto Rico to Times Square, NYC, then back to her roots in Ruth, MS. Living next to her parents and around the corner from her nearly twin sister, she resumed a life of country living by quilting, canning and singing in the choir at Shady Grove Baptist Church for 35 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.R. Grimes; a son, James Larry Grimes and one brother, Marvin Thompson.

She is survived by one son, Grover Bruce Grimes; a daughter, Anita Grimes Wallace; one sister, Pearl Thompson McCullough; eight grandchildren, Fred Wallace, III, Stacey Wallace Egan, Larra Grimes Byrd, Lance Grimes, Lana Grimes Brown, Lindi Grimes Delaughter, Joseph Grimes and Hallie Grimes Waldrep; seventeen great-grandchildren, Lexi Byrd, Allie Byrd, Jackson Byrd, Gracie Grimes, Abagail Grimes, Molly Grimes, Kalen Brown, Matthew Brown, Emma Brown, Jon Daniel Delaughter, Vivian Delaughter, Greer Egan, Hadley Egan, Griffin Egan, Lance Grimes, Charlotte Waldrep and Isabella Waldrep; one great-great grandchild, Avalyn May and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, 4056 Shady Grove Rd. SE, Bogue Chitto, MS, 39629, from 10:30 AM until services at 11:30AM, with Rev. Chase Permenter officiating. Burial will take place at Ruth Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Diabetes Association. (

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Gladys Thompson Grimes
August 6, 1928 - May 13, 2018





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