Billie Jean Grinder

RIP 2/21/2010


GRINDER, Billie Jean Age 25, a loving and devoted wife, stepmother, daughter and sister, died Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Iraq as a result of a helicopter crash. She was a 2002 graduate of Smyrna High School and joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in July 2002. CW2 Grinder became a pilot in 2007 after completing Warrant Officer School at Ft. Rucker, AL and quickly excelled in her skills. She was currently a Pilot-In-Command (PIC) for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and assigned to C Trp, 1-230th ACS. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold William Smith; maternal grandparents, Cathuel Bowe and Juan Galon Bowe; paternal grandparents, Robert Smith and Joan Smith; and uncle, Woodford Bowe. Survivors include her husband, Samuel W. Grinder; stepdaughters, Megan and Makayla Grinder; mother, Roxanne Davenport; stepfather, Billy Davenport; sister, Melissa Baranovic; brothers, James Marhevka, Robbie Shang Frame II; niece, Tali Baranovic; aunt, Rebecca Bowe; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Monday and Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, Gallatin, TN. Services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with COL(P) William P. Wenzler officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the TNARNG Honor Guard.