Benton County businessman Rex Grimsley, a lifelong resident of Vaughn, just west of Bentonville, died Aug. 31 in an airplane crash at Bentonville Municipal Airport. He was 70 years old.
Grimsley died piloting his Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft after evading an incoming aircraft at the airport.
A longtime cattle broker, Grimsley owned several successful businesses, according to his obituary, including F&G Feed Store, where he was partners first with Bob Fuqua and later with George Huber, and Brookside Seed Co. and Bentonville Lube ‘N Go, where he was also partners with Huber.
He was also a shareholder and director at Grand Savings Bank, the Jay, Oklahoma-based lender that has six branch locations in Benton County.
“He was just a phenomenal supporter of Grand Savings Bank,” said Guy Cable, the bank’s chief executive officer. “We’re definitely going to miss him.”
A funeral service through Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville was held Sept. 6 at First Christian Church in Rogers.