MONTGOMERY CO., Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Judge Ray Grimes has passed away, after battling the coronavirus.
According to a state courts release, Judge Grimes had been hospitalized for COVID-19 for several days.
He practiced law in Clarksville and served as a Montgomery County Commissioner before his election to the bench in 1998. He also served on the Montgomery County Drug Court since its inception in 2005.
Grimes received the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award from the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2011, designated for outstanding service to improving juvenile justice.
He was 73 years old.
Multiple officials have expressed condolences, including Congressman Mark Green, who represents Grimes' district, and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.
Camie and I are sad to hear of the passing of our friend Judge Ray Grimes this morning. He served our community with honor and distinction, and our prayers are with Sharon and his entire family.— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) November 26, 2020