Eli Grba

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Eli Grba

August 09, 1934 - January 14, 2019

Eli Grba Eli Grba, age 84, of Florence, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at Spry-Williams Funeral Home, Florence. The funeral service is 12 noon Friday, January 18, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be at New Salem Cemetery, Limestone County.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include wife, Regina Lawrence Grba; children, Stacy Grba Draves (Rich), Nick Grba (Stacia) and Donnie Kellum (Sandra); grandchildren, Devin Grba, Landon Grba, Boyd Kellum, Jesse Kellum and Cabella Smith; mother-in-law, Margaret Lawrence;
sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Angie Castleberry; and furbabies, Izzy and Marty.
Eli was a former Major League Baseball player from South Chicago, Illinois. During his five-year baseball career, he pitched for the New York Yankees (1959-1960) and Los Angeles Angels (1961-1963). He was the first selection in the 1960 MLB expansion draft which made him the first Angel. He went on to travel the U.S. and Canada as a Minor League Pitching Coach and Major League Scout.
Eli served two years in the U.S. Army (1957-1959).
In 1993, Eli married Regina Lawrence, the love of his life. He enjoyed fishing and telling his story through his published book "Baseball's Fallen Angel."
A larger than life personality, he knew no strangers!
Published on January 16, 2019
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Thursday January 17, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spry~Williams Funeral Home

1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL, USA

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Friday January 18, 2019

12:00 PM

Spry~Williams Funeral Home

1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL, USA

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Bill Miller
Jan 17, 2019
One of the big thrills and honors of mylife was knowing Eli for the past 15 + years . As i always told him, i was his biggest fan . Being with him at old timers at yankee stadium was something i willtreasure for ever. Memories of great conversations , stories ,pictures and memorabilia are priceless to me. H was one of the nicest persons i have ever had the privlege to meet . My wife and i will miss him dearly..
G.Lupe Valadez
Jan 16, 2019
Eli will be missed. My brothers Lee, Frank, Harry had the privilege of fishing with him in Florence AL. We talked about doing that trip again but unfortunately life is too short. I know Lee and Frank are fishing with Eli some where in that big pond up yonder. Rest In Peace and say hello to my brothers, your late friends from the neighborhood. Lupe