CHURCH HILL — Richard Keith “Dick” Grubbs, 73, Church Hill, Passed away at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Sunday August 7, 2011, as he let go of his wife Dawn’s hand when Jesus our Heavenly father reached to take his hand in his and welcomed him home to be with him.
Born July 17, 1938, in Brooklyn, Michigan, he was predeceased by his mother, Louise Miller Grubbs, and father, Amer Ray Grubbs Sr.; a son Richard Grubbs Jr;. and two sisters, Janice Grubbs and Wilma Page.
Dick is survived by his wife of 30 years: Dawn Timbs Grubbs; a son & daughter-in-law: Scott & Kathy Grubbs, Hillsdale, Michigan; Two Daughters: Monica Harrison, of Covington, Georgia, and Judy & Craig Savill, Elkhart, Indiana; Three Step-Sons: Roy, Daniel & Jon Bongard, Hillsdale, Michigan; His Grandchildren: Joseph Harrison, Nathan Grubbs, Timothy Grubbs, Rachael Grubbs, Josiah Grubbs, Jonathan Woffard, Esther Woffard, Casey Grubbs, Morgan Grubbs, Tenisha Bongard, Nikki Stella, Stacey Blake and his special grandson and helper, Brady James Bongard; His Brothers & Sisters-In-Law; Amer & Barbara Grubbs, Ron & Kathy Grubbs and Robert & Nikki Grubbs; His Sisters: Pauline Kyser, Erma Price and husband, James, Joyce Tuttle, Jeannie Stripling and Mary Church. Several Nieces & Nephews also survive. Also surviving are brothers-in-law: Harold Timbs and Houston Timbs and wife. Betty; His Sisters-in-law: Jean Garrett and husband, Joe, Retha Williams and husband, George, Thelma Taylor and husband, Vaughn, Anna Bare, Sue Schmidt and husband, David, and Janice Stanbery and husband, Larry; His daughter-in-law: Lena Prysch and husband, Peter.
Richard was a National Guard and US Army Veteran, Lifetime member of Hillsdale American Legion, 50 year UAW member and an Organ Donor. He retired from General Motors of Adrian, Michigan, in 1998 then spent his time at Auctions and purchasing and remodeling old homes. He attended Fayette Street Church of Christ in Hillsdale, Michigan, and Borderview Christian Church in Elizabethton.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Kirk Langston, Minister, officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2011, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Tenn. Music will be provided by Joel Norris and Scott Reynolds. Pallbearers will be nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard.
To those who prefer, Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Grubbs to the “Special Projects Fund” of Borderview Christian Church, 1338 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643; or the American Cancer Society, ℅ Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, Tn. 37643.
Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.