Loyal Thomas “Tommy” Grimes, Jr., was born in Primm Springs, Tennessee. His parents are Loyal Thomas Grimes, Sr. (deceased) and Gladys Quince Grimes. In 1954, the Grimes family moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1966 from Mary N. Smith High School located in Accomac, Virginia. He then matriculated at Virginia State College. Subsequent to pursuing his college education, he moved to Stamford, Connecticut, where he spent 4 years employed by Pitney Bowes. Thomas possessed an acuity in mathematics, which he parlayed into a successful career as a Wind Weighting Specialist in the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) at NASA Wallops Flight Facility for 20+ years. During his career at NASA, he travelled to several countries and continents throughout the world. Thomas had a passion for excellence in his profession and in his everyday life. He was sharp-witted, stylish, innovative, and multi-talented. He was also highly regarded for his athleticism in basketball, football, and baseball. When he was not playing sports, he enjoyed coaching men, women, and children’s recreational activities. Thomas also had a love for music and entertainment, often promoting social gatherings in his community. He made it known to many that his greatest achievements were his children. He prided himself on being supportive and present in the lives of his sons and daughters and he relished time spent with his grandchildren. The Loyal Thomas Grimes, Jr. Memorial Scholarship honors his legacy and pursuit of excellence in multiple endeavors.
The Loyal Thomas Grimes, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Inc. offers a one-time scholarship to students who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others (in school, their community, or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. Students will be considered from the four Eastern Shore of Virginia High Schools: Arcadia, Chincoteague, Nandua, and Northampton.
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