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James Michael "Pappy" Grimsley

May 29, 1949 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

James Grimsley Obituary

  James Michael “Pappy” Grimsley, age 74, of New Canton, IL, passed away December 4, 2023 at home with his loving wife, Jackie by his side.  He was born in Barry, IL on May 29, 1949 to William Ray Grimsley Sr. and Bernice (Morrow) Grimsley.  He married Jacquiline L. Badgley on September 21, 2006, and she survives. 

Michael proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp as a staff sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1974.  He came from a family of men who served their country. His father, Bill Grimsley Sr. and uncle, Gerald Grimsley, served in World War II, and his brother, Bill Grimsley Jr. in Vietnam.  He married Brenda Stone and to their union, four children were born, Nicole, Shelly, Ray, and Brandon.  He later married Jackie and enjoyed many loving years with her.  He enjoyed being a manager at Top Gun in Hannibal in his later years.  Mike had many titles in his life, but the best one was “Grandpa”.

Pappy enjoyed riding dirt bikes, racing, and had a love for horses.  He enjoyed the rescue horses that came in and later went to loving homes.  He and Jackie also helped many people by taking them in as well. Mike enjoyed keeping his yard looking good, riding in the side-by-side with his friend, Gary, and playing Farkle with friends, John and Judy. 

Mike is survived by; his wife of 17 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Grimsley; children, Nicole (Chad) Triplett of New Mexico, Shelly Young (David) of Quincy, IL, Ray (Joyce) Grimsley of Hull, IL, Brandon (Tina) Grimsley of Hannibal, MO, Mike Brown (Jenny) of Quincy, IL, and Adam Brown (Marsha) of Hannibal, MO.; grandchildren, Kaleb, Emily, Jake, Celeste, Amelia, Sidney, Isla, Nikki, Tiffany, and Drew; great grandchildren, Nevada and Zepplin; brother, Bill Grimsley of Kinderhook, IL; sisters, Eileen Bernard of New Canton, IL, Sherril Turner (Darrel) of Shelbina, MO, and Dena Moyer of Kinderhook, IL; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins survive.

He was preceded in death by; his parents, Bill and Bernice; sister, Karen Jean; aunt, Kathy Reynolds; uncle, Richard Morrow; nephews, Jacob Harrison and Ryan Moyer; step daughter, Lisa Brown; sisters in law, Crista Grimsley and Frances Dieker; and close friend, Randy Newland.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, IL.  Military honors will be given by the Marine Corp Funeral Honor Guard and Barry American Legion Post #222. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, IL is handling the arrangements.

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December 9, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Niebur Funeral Chapel
629 Mortimer
Barry, Illinois 62312

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

1:00 PM
Niebur Funeral Chapel (Barry)


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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