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William Ezell Grubbs

September 15, 1954 - February 3, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Home Woodlawn Funeral Home, Cemetery, & Cremation

A Celebration of Life for Bill will be scheduled for later in the year so his many friends, family and co-workers may gather to rejoice and share their remembrance of him.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Bill’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association – https://alzfdn.org/ or the Lewy Body Dementia Association – https://www.lbda.org/

 

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William (Bill) E Grubbs

Bill, 66, passed away at home with his loving wife and son by his side, Wednesday, February 3, 2021. He was born on September 15, 1954 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Ermerline (Grubbs) Taylor. He grew up with three     siblings and was surrounded by many aunts, uncles and cousins, who lovingly refer to him to this day as “Punkin”. In 1973, he graduated from McLain High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Upon graduation he was    awarded a Wrestling Scholarship to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri where he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in    Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Bill was a member of ROTC in          college and upon graduation was commissioned into the United States Army in 1977.  He served in the Quartermaster Corps, retiring in 1995 as a Major. He was very proud of his service and his many accomplishments. He served in numerous places around the world    including Fort Sill Oklahoma, Fort Lewis Washington, Germany, Korea, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Following his retirement from the military, Bill worked as a military exercise planner and computer     analyst for multiple contractors at JBLM with most of his contracting career spent with Cubic Applications from 1996 to 2017.

Bill was a member of the Main Post Chapel on JBLM where he served as an usher and on the Chapel’s Council.  He was most proud of his affiliation with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, where he held a lifetime membership and was an active member of the Tacoma’s Delta Pi Chapter.  During his 40 plus years in the fraternity, Bill held, on multiple occasions, the offices of Basileus, KRS and Keeper of Finance. He took great pride in mentoring young fraternity Brothers.  Bill was one of the most generous, honest, loyal, caring, and kind person around. He was one of the nicest men you would have ever wanted to meet. He was always the gentleman. He loved music and dancing, and going to movies. Being outdoors hunting and fishing, especially with his brothers on his grandfather’s farm in Boley, Oklahoma he always enjoyed. Bill loved to laugh and always had a story to tell.  Family meant the world to Bill and he was known for his love of family. He loved his boys and was proud of the men they have become.  Bill was known for his style in clothes and was known as “The Best Dressed Man in the Room”.

Bill is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary of Lacey, Washington; his sons William E Grubbs II of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Julian Grubbs of Phoenix, Arizona, and step-son Michael Reese of Dorado, Puerto Rico; his step-daughter Jessica Reese of Melissa, Texas; brothers Michael Hall of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Walter Hall of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister Gwen (Hall) Smith of Oak Harbor, Washington, and five grandchildren. He was met in Heaven by his mother Ermerline (Grubbs) Taylor, step-father James Taylor; and grandparents Frank and Lela (Tease) Grubbs.

A Celebration of Life for Bill will be scheduled for later in the year so his many friends, family and co-workers may gather to rejoice and share their remembrance of him.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Bill’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association – https://alzfdn.org/ or the Lewy Body Dementia Association – https://www.lbda.org/