Vernon George Grindstaff, Jr., age 62, affectionately known as ‘Fireball’, of Water Street in Bakersville, the Bandana community died peacefully on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born on February 21, 1957, he was the son of the late Vernon G. Grindstaff. Sr. and the late Ruby Whitson Grindstaff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother; Rev. Gerald Grindstaff.

Vernon was a collector of many things, but was an avid collector of guns, pocket watches and knives. At age fifteen he taught himself the art of auto body repair and developed a reputation of being one of the most detailed and finicky auto body repairmen. His hands were his instrument of perfections when it came to locating imperfections in sanding. He was the owner of Beat and Bang Body Shop. He was an authentic person and never tried to be anything except the person that he was. His favorite hobby was to pillage through junk yards.

Vernon was a friend to all that were acquainted with him and when he met new people, after spending time in conversation, they would be friends at the conclusion of their conversation. Vernon loved helping other by offering his assistance to anyone in need of help. He voluntarily fixed peoples lawn mowers, tillers, tractors, and often the small issues with their cars free of charge. He loved the Lord Jesus and this was his way of showing others the love of Christ. Vernon was the most unique man on the face of the earth. God definitely broke the mold when he created him.

He was a proud member of the Rebels Creek Baptist Church and loved inviting people to attend church with him. At church, he was the ‘head counter’ for those in attendance.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of forty-three years; Brenda Autrey Grindstaff; his son; Matthew ‘Vern’ Grindstaff and wife, Tiffany of Bakersville; his grandson; his sister; Joan McKinney and husband, Roy of Bakersville; his brother; Rev. Harold Grindstaff and wife, Ivey of Bakersville; his sister-in-law; Carlean Grindstaff of Bakersville; and his nephews; Steven Grindstaff, Johnny Grindstaff, and Mark McKinney.

Graveside services for the public and friends and interment will be on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev’s. Mark McKinney and Shane Cassida officiating.

The family would like to extend Special Thanks to; Rebels Creek Baptist Church for caring out the true mission of the church during his illness. Special Thanks to; Compassionate Care of Western North Carolina for their exceptional care of Vernon during his illness and to Dr. David Craig for his personal care and friendship to Vernon. Also, Special Thanks to; Pleasant Gap Baptist Church for their care and support to all of the Grindstaff family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to; Rebels Creek Baptist Church designate in memory of Vernon Grindstaff, Jr., 28 Rebels Creek Road, Bakersville, NC 28705 or to Compassionate Care W.N.C., 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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