A legendary softball player just crossed the home plate, Melva Grimstead peacefully left this earth on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. She was the daughter of Ruby and Melvin Grimstead born in Princess Anne County on August 6, 1940. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Richard L. “Bim” Grimstead. She is survived by her two brothers, Harry “Charlie” Grimstead and William “Bunky” Grimstead, as well as her five nieces and nephews: Mylinda McKinney(Brian), Chuck Grimstead, Jamie Grimstead(Amanda), Coley Torok(Teddy), Curtis Grimstead(Chrissy), and her 11 great nieces and nephews, Brittany, Max, Sarah McKinney, Elliott LeJeune, Colin Grimstead, Emma Grimstead, Tia Torok, Christian Grimstead, Ben Grimstead, Thor Torok, and Amelia Grimstead, and one great great niece, Marielyn McKinney. She was blessed by her lifetime friendships with Joyce Davis, Dottie Williams, Pat Griffin, Mary Tremblay, and countless others.
Melva “Teenie” Grimstead grew up on old Dam Neck Road attending Courthouse Elementary and was a member of the first graduating class of Princess Anne High School (1954-1958). In her teenage years, she worked at her family’s business, Grimstead Market, and later became a successful computer specialist with the civil service for 33 years.
Melva was a very generous person to all her family and friends. Her bragging rights included that all of her nieces and nephews graduated from college. She was also an amazing athlete accumulating numerous awards and trophies for bowling and softball, winning the women’s state bowling tournament in the 1960’s and as an inductee into the Tidewater Virginia Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Visitation for Melva will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Maestas Chapel (1801 Baltic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA) from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Nimmo United Methodist Church Cemetery (2200 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA) at 1:00 PM. The Altmeyer Funeral Home-Maestas Chapel is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.altmeyerfh.com.
In lieu of flowers and to honor her love for sports and athleticism, the family requests donations be made to the Olympics or Special Olympics.
Rest in peace and may you always pitch perfect in heaven!
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nimmo United Methodist Church
Church Cemetery located on premises
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