Roy L. Grinder, age 67 of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on March 2nd, 1952 to Windell Grinder and Dorothy Smithson Grinder.
He was married to Brenda Holliman Grinder for 50 years and they were together for 52 years. He was a devoted husband and best friend. He and Brenda were soul-mates forever. Two children were born to this union, Jeff and Jill Grinder. Roy was a dad and poppy who lead by example and prayed daily for his family.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Holliman Grinder; his children, Jeff Grinder and Jill Grinder; grandchildren, Aspen and Macoy; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Noel Davis; sister-in-law, Karen Grinder; brother-in-law, Gary Holliman; and many other family and friends who will mourn his passing.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Windell and Dorothy Grinder; and one brother, Billy Grinder.
Roy spent 45 years in ministry to his Lord and Savior. He pastored and worked Native American Ministry in New Mexico and Arizona. Roy was bi-vocational, besides his many years in the ministry he was an English/History teacher in the public school system. Roy loved to spend time with his family, fish, hunt and read; but most of all he loved and served his God. He always said "We all come from eternity and are simply on our way back."
Graveside services for Roy will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at Rock Creek Cemetery near Harriet, Arkansas with Bro. Bruce Smithson officiating. Honorary bearers will be MaCoy Grinder, Gary Holliman, Noel Davis, Larry Roe, Mike Burden and Mark Clark.