Published in The News & Advance on 4/9/2008.
Garland Graydon "Grady"
Wilmer Garland Graydon Wilmer, 89, of Lynchburg died Tuesday, April 8,
2008. He was the loving husband of the late Edith Everett Gardner Wilmer
for 42 years.
Grady was born August 8, 1918 in Amherst County, VA and was the last surviving
member of a family of ten children born to John Thomas and Fannie Estelle
Grady was retired from the United States Postal Service with 31 years
of service, was a longtime member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church
where he served as deacon and elder.
He served his country in the United States Marine Corp in WW-II and was
a charter member of the commissioning of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in 1944-1945.
He enjoyed sports and played professional baseball (minor league) in Lynchburg.
He also coached Little League at Miller Park for 22 years in Babe Ruth,
Colt and Dixie Leagues, and was a member of the Sertoma Club.
Grady was a loving and devoted father to his beloved son, Everett Darrell
"Butch" Wilmer, who survives him. Also cherishing his memory
are two stepsons, Harris C. Gardner, Jr. and wife, Rhonda of Bedford,
Robert W. Gardner and wife, Ann of Lynchburg. Grady was grandfather to
Kelly A. Gardner, Ashley L. Gardner, Jason W. Gardner, Troy A. Gardner
and wife, Wendy all of Lynchburg, Katie Gardner, Will Gardner, Joseph
Gardner, Molly Gardner all of Bedford. He was great-grandfather to Matt
Lowe of Goode, VA, Nathaniel Gardner, Kaitlyn Gardner and Christina Hall
of Lynchburg; two sister-in-laws, Frances Wilmer of Lynchburg and Hillie
Wilmer of Buena Vista; a brother-in-law, Harold Everett and wife, Mary
of Richmond; three nephews, Jerry Wilmer and Vernon Wilmer of Lynchburg,
Lewis Gilbert and wife, Phyllis of Stuarts Draft; niece, Boots Williams
and husband, Ronnie of Concord, NC; and many other nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008
at Spring Hill Cemetery by Rev. Luke E. Farwell with military honors provided
by American Legion Post 16.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. immediately following the graveside
service at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family will receive
relatives and friends at the home of Robert and Ann Gardner, 1027 Morey
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Lynchburg Sheltered
Industries, American Cancer Society, or Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Rd. (434) 239-2405
is assisting his family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the
family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.