Dorothy W. Grubbs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 3, 2007

ELBERON—Dorothy White Grubbs, 93, died Nov. 2, 2007.

Mrs. Grubbs was born in Isle of Wight County and spent most of her life in Surry County.

She was the widow of Clarence Benjamin Grubbs who died June 2, 1960.

Born July 24, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Lizzie Berryman White and Samuel Watson White Sr.

After working the first 20 years of her adult life with her husband on the farm, Mrs. Grubbs started working in the public sector in 1955 and continued until December 2006 when she retired at 92 years old.

She worked as a tour guide at the Jamestown Festival Park, Smith’s Fort Plantation, and Bacon’s Castle.

The last 23 years of her working career she was the Assistant Librarian for the Surry Public Library in the Town of Surry.

She was known and loved by many as “Grandma Dossie”.

She was a member of Moore’s Swamp Baptist Church, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Dendron Historical Society, and the Surry County Historical Society and Museum.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara G. Simmerman and husband James of Windsor; Carol G. Andrews and husband Richard of Wakefield; a son, David Michael Grubbs of Elberon; 12 grandchildren, Suzanne S. Rogers and husband Kenny, Beverly Alvin Seward III, Robin S. Gynn and husband Harold, Martha S. Newsome and husband Clarence, Dorothy S. Murray and husband Dan, Linda S. Tuck and husband Mike, Elizabeth S. Leonard, Anthony Seward and wife Lisa, Margaret A. Piacentini and husband Gary, James R. (Rick) Andrews and wife Beth, W. Ronald Andrews and wife Elizabeth, J. Russell Andrews and wife Julie; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Moore’s Swamp Baptist Church, Elberon, on Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Danny R. Blalock officiating.

Interment will follow in Mill Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery, Ivor.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening, 6 until 8 p.m. at the Purviance Chapel of J. T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, Wakefield.

Memorial donations may be made to the Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 188, Surry, VA

23883, or to the Surry Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 260, Surry, VA


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