Roger Grindstaff

roger grindstaff

December 2, 1945 ~ February 7, 2023

Born in: Mitchell County, North Carolina
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Roger Grindstaff, 77, of Arden, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Asheville VA Medical Center, Asheville.

Born in Mitchell County, NC, he was the husband of Donnie Rebecca (Corn) Grindstaff, to whom he was married 54 years. He was the son of the late Samuel Jackson Grindstaff and his precious mother Anna Lucille (Buchanan) Grindstaff.

Roger was a member of Skyland Baptist Church, Arden, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He retired from Wilson Art after many years of employment.

A disabled Army veteran of the Vietnam Era, he fought with the 25th Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded.

Roger was a HAM Radio operator and his handle was KI4FPC.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Rodney Grindstaff and Daniel Grindstaff; one brother, Samuel Grindstaff (Annie); one sister, Sheril Lyda (Howard); and his beloved little dog, Heidi Gail.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Skyland Baptist Church with Revs. Robert Ponder and Mike Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, February 10, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Scott Ramsey, Jerry Massey, Kim Burgess, Danny Brown, Tim Brackett, and Everette Jamerson. The deacons of Skyland Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Skyland Baptist Church Care Ministry.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


For those who wish to pay their respects: February 10, 2023 6:00 pm - May 23, 2024 8:00 pm

Room: Sanctuary

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Service: February 11, 2023 1:00 pm - May 23, 2024 2:00 pm

Room: Sanctuary

Skyland First Baptist Church
2115 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: February 11, 2023 2:30 pm

New Salem Cemetery
Rathfarnham Road
Skyland, NC 28776

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  1. Sending my prayers and condolences to Donnie and family. Bobbie sure thought the world of Roger and Donnie during his time at Skyland. We will all be together again one day soon.
    Shirley Arrowood

  2. Sure gonna miss such a kind soul. He always had sweet words to share as well as a friendly hug. I enjoyed sitting with him and his sweet wife, my friend, Donnie during church and hearing them share some of their life stories. Thankful to have met him and he will always be remembered as such an faithful, Godly man. Enjoy your Heavenly home Roger, but you will be missed. 💞🙏👐

  3. Thank you Uncle for your kindness, your Godly wisdom, and great love. You are an expression of God’s love, a gift to us from Creator. I love you.

  4. We will miss Roger and his smile! Love his bow tie in his picture. We send our condolences to Donnie,Rodney,Daniel and little Miss Heidi. He was definitely one of God’s children!
    Judy W4NWW and Stanley WA4RD

  5. We will all miss Mr Roger. Such a caring, kind individual. I will be forever grateful for the conversations with him, his kindness to our children, and his love of The Lord and his church family.

  6. Mr. Grindstaff’s friendly and gregarious welcome to my first radio club meeting made such an impression on me that I remember him as a warm, friendly, and community minded person. He is well regarded by members of the radio club. May he rest in peace and his family and friends find peace and comfort in many wonderful memories of him. My condolences to you all. Mike, W9HAT

  7. Donnie, Rodney and Danny I will be keeping you in my prayers. My dad ( Keith) thought the world of mr.Roger I’m sure their catching up! I want be able to come (knee replacement) but I will be praying for you guys. Love to all

  8. Roger is a great Friend and I assume he is the same with everyone he meets. I always enjoyed our conversations, Roger could enlighten me on several subjects. I will miss those. I look forward to seeing him again.

  9. Donnie Rodney and Danny I am so heart broken for your loss . Rodger was my best friend We trucked many thousands of miles together. When trouble came, we took care of each other. I have no doubt that I will meet Rodger again .

  10. Donnie, Rodney and Danny –
    I am so honored to be a part of my the family and my I will miss dad so very much. Our hearts cannot hold off the grief that comes with our loss….
    I am in agreement with everyone else: that Roger was truly a man of God and a faithful servant of our Lord…. He has certainly raised the bar for All of us!!!

  11. Donnie, Rodney and Danny –
    I am so honored to be a part of the family and I will miss dad so very much. Our hearts cannot hold the grief that comes with our loss….
    I am in agreement with everyone else: that Roger was truly a man of God and a faithful servant of our Lord…. He has certainly raised the bar for All of us!!!

  12. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
    but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Roger was this person. His
    kindness and love was genuine. Donnie, Rodney and Danny how lucky you were to
    have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard. Forever in your hearts he will stay.
    Love and prayers to all of you. Walter, Vickie & Farrah

  13. I surely will miss Roger. He was such a wonderful man. Bobbie and I loved him dearly. He and Bobbie and keith are surely having a reunion. Dotti Rommel.

  14. We thought the world of Roger and Donnie and Rodney and Daniel We Love You and we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers our hearts go out to you We know without a shadow of a doubt where Roger is He is just waiting at the river waiting on all of us to arrive Love and Hugs – Mike and Linda

  15. Dearest family, God surround each one of you with His peace and comfort in the coming days. Precious brother in Christ, Roger, will be deeply missed for he was greatly loved by our church family. God be with you all in abundance.

  16. I definitely will miss Roger, but I am also very happy for him. He is with the Lord Jesus, so he is doing fine. Pop is also there with him.
    Love you all,

  17. Will and I were saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. Our thought and prayers go out to the family. From WI1L and AD2H

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