Andrew J. “Andy” Grindstaff, 74, of Elizabethton, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Hospital following an extended illness.
Andy was a native of Butler, Tennessee, and had lived most of his life in Elizabethton. He was the son of the late Jesse and Maude Matheson Grindstaff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Leroy Grindstaff, Bobby Grindstaff and Fred Grindstaff; three sisters, Helen Deloach, Earline Greene and Lily Jones; a sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Paul Hampton; brothers-in-law, Bill Ward and Conley Bullock; and father and mother-in-law, John and Alice Hodge.
Mr. Grindstaff was a veteran of the United States Army from 1963-1965, serving nineteen months in Alaska. He was a retired millwright of North American Rayon Corporation.
He was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church and had attended Valley Forge Christian Church for many years. He was a member of Hampton Masonic Lodge #750, York Rite, Elizabethton Shrine Club and a faithful Charter Member of Jericho Shrine, and a member of Royal Jester Court #183, a 10th Degree Master Mason and very faithful member of the Jericho Paper Drive.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldean Hodge Grindstaff; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Andrew and Heather Grindstaff; sisters-in-law, Brenda Grindstaff, Margaret Grindstaff, Lois Ward, Glenna Bullock, Carol and “Blue” Treadway and Johnnie and Raymond Holtsclaw; and a close friend, Norma Williams. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and a host of special cousins and friends also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Grindstaff will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2013, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Mr. David Siebenaler, Minister, and Rev. Ronnie Campbell officiating. Honors will be accorded by the Jericho Oriental Band. Masonic services will be held under the direction of Howard Ensor. Music will be under the direction of Jeff Sharpe.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Sunday.
The graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 PM on Monday, October 7, 2013, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Music at the graveside service will be under the direction of Jericho Highlanders. Active pallbearers will be John Matheson, Jim Matheson, Larry McKinney, Harold Fellers, Ron Bergquist, Charlie Fellers, George Hodges and James Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Holtsclaw, Rowe Carr, Terry Tester, John McGee, J.L. Blackwell, Jeff Lyons, Floyd Campbell, Larry White, Hugh Pickle, Norman Lyons, Charlie Hodge, Robert “Bobby” Barnes, Ralph Wright and all present and former members of Jericho Oriental Band and Jericho Nobility. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:45 PM on Monday, to go in procession.
The family would like to express a special “thank you” to the entire staff at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children, The Jericho Transportation Fund, Poplar Grove Baptist Church or Valley Forge Christian Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Grindstaff family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917