James Anthony Grindstaff

James Anthony Grindstaff

Passed: August 26, 2023
Charleston, WV

James Anthony Grindstaff

Passed: August 26, 2023
Charleston, WV


James Anthony “Tony” Grindstaff, 69, of Charleston, WV, passed on August 26, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia at CAMC HospiceCare with family by his side.

After graduating from Herbert Hoover High School in 1971, Tony joined the Navy where he served on the Submarine James K. Polk.

Tony is survived by his wife of 20 years, Debbie Mullins Grindstaff; stepdaughter, Michelle (Craig) Eplion; grandkids, Madilyn and Max Eplion of Proctorville, Ohio, and siblings, Dean (Jannie) Grindstaff of Pinch, WV, Lynn (David) Sizemore of Bomont, WV, Glen (Candi) Grindstaff of Morgantown, WV, Doug Grindstaff of Wills Creek, WV and Diane Broadwater of Spruce Pine, NC. He was loved by his several nieces and nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Grindstaff; mother, Jennie Taylor; stepfather, LH Taylor, and brother, Jim Poston.

Tony learned carpentry from his Dad and loved working with wood; he was a skilled carpenter. He retired from Charleston Acoustics. He coached little league in Clendenin and loved his kids. He was a fan of WVU sports, enjoyed fishing and spontaneous road trips. Most of all, he loved spending time with Debbie and his grandkids, Madi and Max.

A special thanks to Dani and to Kanawha Valley HospiceCare for the care given to Tony.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place and the family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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5 responses to James Anthony Grindstaff

  1. Jim Sandman says:

    Dear Debbie, family and friends of Tony,
    On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Tony´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow “Bubblehead” departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS James K Polk SSBN-645.
    To our “Brother-of-the-Phin” we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Thank you for your service to our country.
    Debbie and family… “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV).
    Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret,
    National Chaplain, USSVI.

  2. my deepest condolences to all the family

  3. So sorry to hear about Tony passing away. Praying for peace and comfort. Darlene, Jessica, Steven

  4. Bub Young says:

    Dear Debbie and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. I liked Tony the first time we met. Tony was “What you see is what you get.” One kind-hearted soul!

    Even though we could have gone years without seeing each other, we could pretty much pickup from the last time we saw each other.

    Love and prayers!


  5. Kathryn Reid says:

    Deb, My heart hurts for you and I wish I could take away your pain. Know I am just a phone call away and you are in my prayers. Much Love

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