Kathleen Long Grubb
Kathleen Long Grubb, 83, was granted her desire to see Jesus face to face November 2, 2010, following a most graceful and courageous struggle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma – cancer won the battle, but she won the war! Born November 28, 1926, she was known to hundreds of people throughout the world as a humble servant of the Lord. A faithful member of First Baptist Church, Friendsville, TN, in recent years, she was formerly best known as a pastor’s wife in her roles as “First Lady” of Unity Baptist Church, Maryville, TN; Berkeley Avenue (formerly Broadway) Baptist Church, Turlock, CA; and Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Maryville, TN. Whether in Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Women’s Missionary Union, or other church-related ministry, she did all to the glory of God, “without murmur or complaint.” Her missionary service extended to the children of Brazil, whom she dearly loved. Her passion of late was her FBC Friendsville Quilting Group that meet each Tuesday to create beautiful quilts for those in need. She also personally created quilts for her family. Her leisure was never idle, but filled with hosting and enjoying family and friends. Additional time was filled with poetry, puzzles, western movies and games. She was a student of the Holy Bible and a prayer warrior. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Hartsell Long, Sr., and Lorena Clemens Long (relative of Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain] from whom is inherited a remarkable sense of humor and keen wit); brothers, Dallas Long, Marvin Long (WWII) and Paul W. Long; sister & brother-in-law, Elnora & Henderson McClanahan; brother-in-law, John Howard Siler; sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Long; daughter-in-law, Darlene Lopasser Grubb. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Rev. Glenn Grubb; brothers, O. Joe Long (wife, Ruth) and John H. Long, Jr.; sister, Dorothy Siler; sister-in-law, Rowena Long; daughter & loyal caregiver, Faye Grubb; sons, Al, Walter (wife, Diane), Mark (wife, Alisa) and Stan; eight grandchildren, Chris Grubb (wife, Annette), Bethany Riddle (husband, Chad), Nathan Grubb (wife, Catherine), Michael Grubb (wife, Amanda), Amanda Morrow, Megan Baumann (husband, Eric), Ryan Grubb (wife, Jessi) and Benjamin Grubb. She leaves six great-grandchildren. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28) The family expresses the deepest appreciation to the UT Hospice servants who ministered tenderly in her latter days. A viewing is available to the public between 12:00 Noon and 5:30 PM, Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Smith Trinity Chapel. A celebration of life will follow at 6:30 PM in the chapel with Dr. Glenn Cummings and Dr. Mark Grubb officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to: Brazil Missions Fund at First Baptist Church, Friendsville, 403 North Farnum Street, Friendsville, TN 37737. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.smithmortuary.com.