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Frances Grills, Johnson City

Published July 16th, 2011 9:17 pm

Frances Dyer Grills, 93, Johnson City, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, at NHC Healthcare following a brief illness.
Mrs. Grills was born December 10, 1917, in Johnson City and was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Cordelia Hall Dyer.
She graduated from Science Hill High School and attended East Tennessee State Teachers College before graduating from Johnson City Business College.
Mrs. Grills was retired from the merchandising office of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Following retirement, she began volunteering at the Johnson City Medical Center, Asbury Center and the Melting Pot.
Mrs. Grills was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, where she served on the Parlor Committee, member and treasurer of the Susannah Wesley Sunday School Class and member of the Circle of Hope women’s circle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Grills, in 1964; three sisters, Helen McMahan, Dorothy Barry and Margaret Garrett.
Mrs. Grills is survived by her daughter, Margaret Roberts and husband, Brant, Johnson City; her son, John Steven Grills, Johnson City; two granddaughters, Katie Roberts-Small and husband, Karl, Fairfax, VA, and Claire Evans and husband, Paul, Santa Rosa, CA; one great-granddaughter, Olivia Jane Evans; special nephews, Gordon Garrett, Sarasota, FL, and David Garrett and wife, Dinah, Winston-Salem, NC; niece, Suzanne Bryan and husband, Bert, Dallas, TX.
The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the staff of the 6200 floor at the Johnson City Medical Center and station four at NHC Healthcare.
The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. from the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Rev. Garland Thayer officiating. Special music will be provided by Dan Mahoney and Susan Fields.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Earl Gouge, Kelly Chattin, Frank Mohap and Finley Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be the Susannah Wesley Sunday School Class, members of the Parlor Committee and Circle of Hope.
The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00-7:00 in the East Parlor of the Appalachian Funeral Home.
In-lieu-of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parlour Fund, ℅ First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
Memories and condolences may be shared at
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Grills family. 928-6111