James Richard ("Bud") Grubbs passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at the age of 85. Services to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Bryan. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5 at Memorial Funeral Home in Bryan. Pall bearers are Joe Grubbs, Jr., Steven Grubbs, Vern Wilkinson, C. B. "Buddy" McGowan, Wally Moon, and Phil Hollingsworth. Honorary pallbearers are David Johnson, Bennie Herrin, and members of the FUMC Men's Bible Class.
Bud was born on July 24, 1927 in Forney, Texas to Richard Fondren and Maude Cawthon Grubbs. He was the youngest of eight children and grew up on the family farm. He was a descendent of the Grubbs and Wade families who were early settlers of the Crandall, Texas area, and his family continues to live on the original settlement. After attending the dedication of the original Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M on April 21, 1951, he went to a dance where he met Gail Jeanine Hinze. They married on December 9, 1951 in Brenham, Texas. They were five months and one day short of their 60th wedding anniversary when Gail passed on July 8, 2011. They had a daughter and a son.
Bud graduated from Kaufman High School in 1944 where he was president of the senior class. He attended North Texas Agricultural College (then affiliated with TAMU, now UT Arlington) where he was Cadet Commandant of the Corps. He received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University in 1947. He worked as the State Supervisor for the National Poultry Improvement Plan and as a state inspector for the Texas A&M Poultry Science department while working on his masters degree. He was near the completion of the degree when he and Gail opened their own agribusiness, Grubbs Feed Store and Mobil Mill. He worked many years in agribusiness, including as General Manager of Producers Cooperative Association. He joined the Circulation Department of The Eagle in 1981 and was active in the Texas Circulation Management Association. He retired as Circulation Director in 1995.
Bud was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men's Bible Class for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Association of Former Students Century Club. He enjoyed watching Aggie sports, the Texans and Cowboys, and the Astros and the Rangers. He particularly enjoyed opportunities to spend time with family and share stories and memories.
Bud is preceded by his wife of almost 60 years, Gail Hinze Grubbs; his parents; two sisters, three brothers, two nephews, one niece, and his parents-in-law, Oscar F. and Emmie M. Hinze of Brenham.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Lisa Grubbs of St. Louis, Missouri and his son, Derrick (D.D.) Grubbs of Round Rock. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Grubbs of Crandall, Texas, his sister-in-law, Montye Grubbs of Dallas, and his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Grubbs, Jr. of Plano, Ms. Nan Grubbs Phillips of Florida, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Latham of Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. Steven Grubbs of Forney, Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Grubbs and Mr. & Mrs. David Grubbs all of Crandall, Ms. Patricia Lentz of Bastrop, Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Grubbs of Marion, and Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Womack of Longview.
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
Remembrances may be made in Bud's memory to the First United Methodist Church, Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility, or to a charity of one's choice.