William Douglas Grubbs (“Bill”), 82 of Wilmington Island GA, passed away peacefully in the hospital on July 22, 2022 after a battle with cancer, with his spouse and daughters by his side.
Bill was born in Macon, GA, son of Johnnie Durham and Ethel (McKinley) Grubbs and was the youngest of five children. In 1958, Bill graduated from Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, GA. Following, he attended and graduated from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. After serving in the Air National Guard, he began his work career which was spent, in large part, in the insurance field. He retired from his sales position with DuPont Corian Carapace Corporation in 2008.
An active member of Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, Bill served in a variety of roles and capacities including Elder, Deacon, choir member and on various committees too numerous to count. He enjoyed life and had many hobbies that he shared with his wife Betty. He loved music and was a wonderfully gifted piano player. He also enjoyed gardening, tennis, golf, boating, travel and a glass of wine and a chat with friends. Bill never met a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He gave the best hugs and a strong handshake. His wonderful smile and spirit and his talent for storytelling will be missed by so many.
Bill is survived by his best friend and spouse of almost 59 years, Betty (Arnall) Grubbs, his three children: Lee Michael Grubbs in Saint John, FL (spouse Jen), Bethany Lane Grubbs in Savannah, and Nancy (Grubbs) Jacobsen in Louisville, KY (spouse Chris). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Katie, Jake, Luke and Dylan Grubbs (Mike and Jen) and Colbin and Brody Jacobsen (Nancy and Chris). He is also survived by older brother Jimmy Grubbs in Cordova, TN.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA. Inurnment will follow at the WIPC Memorial Garden, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church Remembrance Fund, 450 N. Cromwell Road, Savannah, GA 31410.
Our prayers are with you all. May God grant peace and comfort to you all. Psalm 34.
- Herb Hubbard, Savannah, Chatham
We are so heartbroken to hear of Bill’s passing. We will always remember his most infectious smile. Please know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Much love to you all.
- Ginger Graham Varner, Richmond Hill , Georgia
Sending our deepest condolences and prayers for comfort to you all. Love-The Pinckney’s
- Andy & Lisa Pinckney , Rock Hill , SC
Beth you and your family will be in my prayers I always loved spending time at your house your mother and father were the sweetest. He is now free of all his pain and can fly high! Heaven gained something special!
- Amy barrowman, Savannah, Ga
Bill was my very first boss when I was a lifeguard at Wilmington Park Pool…. Always had an ear to ear grin…fond memories of Bill at WIPC in the choir…and when Sacred Heart Choir would come to sing at WIPC, Bill always was our biggest supporter …. he was a great friend to my parents…. So many good memories of you sir! Love you Mr. Grubbs
- Rob Roberts, Savannah, GA
Betty and Beth So sorry to hear that Bill died. Have not seen him in years but he was always kind when I did. Cherish your memories My prayers are with you and your family
- Carrie Traeger , Tybee island , Ga
Dear Betty and Family, I have fond memories of Bill from WIPC when I was a member many years ago. He was always cheerful and had a kind word for everyone. I know you will miss him terribly and pray that God will comfort you and give you strength and courage in the days ahead. With sincere condolences. Linda Snell
- Linda Snell , Savannah, GA
He was a lovely man and we will always remember his perpetual smile. Rest in forever peace. With love from the Jacobsen Family
- Tom & Elizabeth Jacobsen, Woodstock, GA
We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We loved him and will miss him terribly at the tennis courts. A true gentleman who will leave a lasting legacy. Our deepest condolences to the Grubbs’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Eric Maust, Savannah, Georgia
Betty, I am so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Judy Akins Green, Savannah, GA