Doris Jean Phillips Grimsley

Published 11:55 am Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Doris Jean Phillips Grimsley

August 30, 2019


Doris Jean Phillips Grimsley passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 surrounded by her family. Doris was born on August 20, 1927, at the home of her parents, Ruby and Bob Phillips, in Bainbridge, Ga.. Growing up, Doris was an active member of First Baptist Church. She attended Bainbridge High School where she participated in Tri-Hi-Y, the Glee Club and competed in piano and typing. After graduating from high school in 1944, she became secretary of the USO Club in Bainbridge and served as an active member and pianist of the Order of the Eastern Star.

After World War II, Doris married J.B. Pair in 1946 and were the proud parents to four children.  They moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. where she was a member of First Baptist Church and served many years as a Sunday School teacher and pianist. She served as secretary of the USO Club at Eglin Airforce Base and as president of the Okaloosa Secretaries Association. Doris also worked as a secretary at Elliott Point Elementary School and in the Teacher’s Education Center in the Superintendent’s Office.

After losing her first husband in 1986, Doris found love again and was married to Tom Youmans from 1991 until his passing in 1999. Years later, Doris went on a blind date with an elementary school friend, John U. Grimsley Jr., of Bainbridge. After months of courtship they married in 2002 and enjoyed an active life attending UGA football games and spending time at Lake Seminole and in Panama City Beach. Doris and John were members of First Presbyterian Church. John passed away in 2015.​

In addition to spending time with her family, Doris loved to read, work on crossword puzzles and play cards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Ruby Phillips; brother, Bobby Phillips; husbands, J.B. Pair, Tom Youmans, and John U. Grimsley Jr.; sons, Jay Pair and Rob Pair; stepmother, Lillian Phillips; and stepson, John U. Grimsley III.

Survivors include daughters, Carol Jones and Becky Frazier; son in-law, Bill Frazier; daughter-in-law, Hanni Pair; grandchildren, Kim Lubinsky, Trey Klauss, Jason Frazier, Alison Williams and Meagan Clayton; great grandchildren, Tyler Lamar, Ashley Lamar, Lauren Klauss, Savannah Klauss, Avery Williams and Naomi Frazier; stepchildren; George Grimsley, Ed Grimsley, Mike Grimsley, Owen Grimsley, Tommy Youmans, Jill McGee, Joy Rich and Dick Youmans.

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 7067, Bainbridge, GA 39818 or Friendship House, P.O. Box 513, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Stephen Webb, Dr. Gerald A. Little, and Rev. Bobby Knight officiating.  A private interment will follow at Oak City Cemetery with Bill Frazier, Trey Klauss, Tyler Lamar, Jason Frazier, Vann Clayton, and Ben Williams serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at