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  728 Jefferson
  Kerrville, Texas 78028
  Tel: 830.257.4544

  1214 Mulberry
  Bandera, Texas 78003
  Tel: 830.796.3922
 

 
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JOHN M. GRIMES

Born in San Antonio June 5, 1936, Grimes is the son of the late W.T. and Nell Grimes. He attended schools in Alice, graduating from William Adams High School in 1955. He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1956, served his apprenticeship in Aransas Pass and was employed in funeral service in Corpus Christi for 10 years and San Antonio for 10 years.


John married Susie Barr from Sinton, Texas, in 1967, and they have two grown children, Becky and Johnny. He moved to Kerrville in 1977 and he and his wife purchased Plummer Funeral Home. Grimes is a member of Trinity Baptist Church and has served as the Sunday School director of Adult 1 Department and Property Committee chairman for the church. He served as President of Texas Funeral Directors Association in 1979-1980. John belongs to the Kerrville Rotary Club, board member of the Kerrville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, board member of the Hill Country Advisory council of Schreiner College, member of Former Texas Rangers Association, and life membership in the Texas Lions League for Crippled Children. He is also advisory board member of the San Antonio College of Mortuary Science, belongs to Kerrville Masonic Lodge #697, Alzafar Shrine, Hill Country Shrine Club, and Kerrville Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 24. At the State Convention in San Antonio, in June of 2003, the Texas Funeral Director's Association honored John by naming him "Funeral Director of the Year."

     
 

SUSIE BARR GRIMES
susie@grimesfuneralchapels.com


Susie Barr Grimes was born in Sinton, Texas, on April 23, 1946, to the late Edgar A. And Molly Sanders Barr. She married John Grimes on October 21, 1967, in Sinton. To this marriage two children were born, Rebecca Lynne (Becky) and John Arnold (Johnny).


John and Susie have worked side-by-side for 35 years. They are both members of Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville. Susie has been a board member of many organizations, including the Hill Country Youth Soccer Association (being registrar for many years), Kerrville Little League Association, and board member and past president of Friends of Hospice.  She also was a coach for children's soccer and baseball teams. She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Kerrville. The great passion of her life, however, is her family. She loves being a Mother and cherishes her role as a grandmother (MumMum) to her four grandsons, Hunter, Walker, Austin and Carson. Pastimes she loves includes reading, gardening, swimming, hunting, and playing tennis.

     
 

JOHNNY GRIMES
johnny@grimesfuneralchapels.com

Johnny is the son of John and Susie Grimes and was born in San Antonio, Texas. He was raised in Kerrville and graduated from Tivy High School. Johnny attended Hillsboro Junior College for two years and Sam Houston State University on a rodeo scholarship. Then he went to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston and in 1998 he graduated from mortuary school.


He married Stacey Brent from LaPorte, Texas, in 1997, and they have two sons: Hunter, who was born on November 1, 1999 and Walker Thomas, who was born January 20, 2003. Johnny and Stacey are members of Trinity Baptist Church (where they were married). Johnny is a member of the Kerrville Masonic Lodge No. 697 in Kerrville and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. In his spare time, Johnny enjoys calf roping and team roping, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family.

     
 

LYNN ISHAM

Lynn has been a resident of Kerrville since 1979, the year in which he received his funeral director’s license and in 1980 his embalmer’s license. He is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating with honors. Lynn and his wife Sharon (whom he married in 1978) are members of the First Baptist Church in Kerrville. They have two children, a daughter Ashley and a son Wade.


In addition to his professional affiliations, Lynn is a member of the Kerrville Masonic Lodge, No. 697, AF & AM; member of the Kerrville Chapter No. 305 R.A.M. and served as recorder secretary; member of Kerrville Council No. 240 R. & S.M., served as recorder secretary; member of Alzafar Shrine Temple, and was the first group to go through the hot sands on Temple grounds; and member of the Hill Country Shrine Club and is past president.

     
 

CHARLES L. GRAY

Charles L. Gray was born in Kerrville on December 16, 1952 and is a graduate of Tivy High School, Class of 1971. He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1975. He married the former Patricia A. Ficker on October 21, 1972. Charles and Pat had two children, Aaron and Missy and later on, had the privilege of accepting a third child, George, into their life.


The joy of their life is their grandchildren. Charles and Pat are members of Living Tree Baptist Church of Ingram where Charles serves as a deacon and is active in the music program. Charles worked in Lewisville, TX in funeral service for 5 years, then returned to Kerrville with his family and started with Grimes Funeral Chapels in 1976, working full time until 2000. Charles retired in 2000 due to ill health. He returned to Grimes in 2006 working part time.

     
 

EZEKIEL ESTRADA

Ezekiel Estrada was born August 30, 1984 in Ft. Worth, TX to Lupe and Abel Estrada and raised in Castroville, TX.  He graduated from Medina Valley High School in 2003.  In 2011, he moved to San Antonio, TX to further his education by enrolling in San Antonio College to earn an Associates Degree in Applied Science, while receiving his license in Embalming and Funeral Directing.

Ezekiel has now been a resident of Kerrville since January 2013.  In his spare time, he enjoys activities such as restorative arts, hiking, outdoor activities, sculpting, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
     
 

DAVID RANDALL "RANDY" KLINKHAMMER

Randy was born in Port Arthur, TX and graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 1978. In September 1978, he joined the Navy and was stationed aboard the carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea as a Machinest Mate 3rd Class for four years. Before attending Commonwealth where he graduated with honors, he was a heavy equipment operator.

During his apprenticeship, he worked for Grimes. He then was employed by Dorman's in Orange, TX and later returned to Grimes Funeral Chapels. Some of Randy's hobbies include fishing, motorcycle riding and skydiving. He  has one son and one granddaughter

     
 

RODNEY R. ELLIS--CREMATORY AGENT

Rodney was born in San Antonio on August 7, 1962 and graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1980.  Rodney and his wife, Terri (whom he married in 2005) are members of Calvary Temple Church in Kerrville.  They have two children: a daughter, Tiera and a son, Jaylan.  Rodney's hobbies include basketball, fishing, relaxing and most all, spending time with his family.  Rodney became a Certified Crematory Agent in October, 2013.

     
 

E. LAMAR HODGES
lamar@grimesfuneralchapels.com

 
E. Lamar Hodges is a third generation Kerr Countian, being the great grandson of the first District Clerk of Kerr County, Sidney B. Rees, when the Kerr County Courthouse was located where Grimes Funeral Chapels is located today. He has been the controller of Grimes Funeral Chapels since May 1, 1973.

He married Jewell Jones Hodges in June 1978. She passed away December 23, 2002 after a long battle with cancer. They had no children. His hobbies include gardening, crafts and reading.  In addition, he has been a member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star since 1965 as well as the Lion's Club.

     
 

GILLIAN THOMAS
gillian@grimesfuneralchapels.com


Gillian Thomas has been the secretary at Grimes Funeral Chapels since April 2002. She was born on November 28, 1979 in St. Paul, MN to David and Marian Thomas. Her parents and four siblings moved to Kerrville in 1982. Following their oldest son, they moved the family to Seattle, Washington in 1991.
 

She relocated to Kerrville from Seattle, Washington in March 2002 while visiting her two sisters during a brief road trip. She has a son, Camdyn Fetters, born August 4, 2004. Gillian's hobbies include reading, watching movies, traveling and spending time with her family.

     
 

CAROL WOERNER

Carol is no stranger to the funeral business. She was a funeral counselor for over 13 years. She is happy in her position as front desk receptionist and enjoys being able to serve others. She is a native of Kerrville and is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
 

     
 

ELIZABETH MICKELSEN JAMES

Elizabeth Mickelsen James has been a resident of Bandera County 55 years. In 1952, she married John Grover James, and they have one daughter, Minneana. When Elizabeth retired in 1994 after serving as Bandera County Treasurer for 24 years, she wanted to keep in contact with people in the area.


Part-time employment as a receptionist and secretary at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera affords her this privilege as well as the opportunity to be of service to others and be associated with a congenial staff of professionals. She and her family are active members of Bandera United Methodist Church.

   

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