Harrell Verdell Grindstaff, son of the late John and Louella Grindstaff, was born in Arab on Aug. 7, 1925, and died at the Puxico Nursing Center on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at the age of 79.
Mr. Grindstaff had spent 30 years in Alton and returned to Puxico in 1974. He was retired from Laclede Steel in Alton, was a member of the Brown General Baptist Church near Puxico, and enjoyed fishing and working in his yard.
On Dec. 24, 1943, he was married to Lorene Lou Hastings in Marble Hill. She preceded him in death on July 18, 1988. On March 28, 1990, he was married to Odean Rowe in Puxico. Surviving are his wife, Odean Grindstaff of Puxico; four daughters, Shelby Rodgers and Nancy Bivens, both of Bethalto, Ill., Jeanie Adams of Portageville, and Jennifer Baskett of Columbia; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Norman Grindstaff of Jerseyville, Ill., and Carl Grindstaff of East Alton, Ill.
He was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Grindstaff, one daughter, Shirley Jean Grindstaff; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Hassel and Everett Grindstaff; and one sister, Jewel Grable.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at the Brown General Baptist Church near Puxico with Rev. Johnny Buttry of Puxico officiating.
Interment followed in the Brown Cemetery near Puxico with Watkins & Sons Funeral Services of Puxico in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Brown Church Building Fund, c/o Charles Placher, 24834 St. Highway 25, Puxico, Mo. 63960.