Dorothy Ann Frazier Grubbs, 82, of Hollandale died April 29, 2019 at Heritage House of Vicksburg. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Hollandale Baptist Church Hollandale, Mississippi. Visitation will be held at the church from 1:00 pm until the time of the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Mrs. Grubbs was born October 27, 1936 in McComb Mississippi. She was the daughter of Lonnie Vernon Frazier, Sr. and Marian Dorothy Fish Frazier. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Howard Bickham Grubbs, who died March 9th 2019, her parents, her beloved brother Lonnie Vernon Frazier, Jr. and her daughter-in-law Teri Hansen Grubbs.
Mrs. Grubbs is survived by three sons, Kim Howard Grubbs of Lauderdale, MS, Hal Frazier Grubbs and wife Lisa of Alexandria, LA, Larry Neil Grubbs of Stanton, TN, one daughter Delise Grubbs Menotti and husband Scott of Vicksburg, MS, a granddaughter Jessica Grubbs Holmes and husband Scotty of Alexandria, LA; a grandson Jason Patrick Grubbs and wife Kelly of Atlanta, GA; a great-grandson and great-granddaughter Easton Scott Holmes and Madison Grace Holmes both of Alexandria. Her special nieces; Lisa Carol Frazier Pedone of New Orleans, LA and her daughter Ana Pedone, Janice Fortenberry and Husband Larry of McComb, MS, Paulette Johnson and Husband Fred of Tylertown, MS and a number of other nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law, Uta Holmes Grubbs of Tylertown, MS.
Mrs. Grubbs graduated from McComb High School in 1954 where she was an honor graduate. She was chosen to make a speech at graduation. Her speech was on Peace. She was also the recipient of the business and professional women’s commercial award. Dot was a member of an award winning band where she played the flute and piccolo. She also played the piano. Soon after her graduation she married Howard, the love of her life, on June 20, 1954. From that day on they were rarely apart.
From 1955 until 1963 they grew their family by adding four children as Howard worked as a pharmacist in Natchez. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother and she always encouraged her children to be kind and to have a nice word to say to everyone.
In 1963 they moved their family of six to Hollandale and joined Hollandale Baptist church. Howard and Dot were owners of the City Drug Store in Hollandale for 25 years. Dot worked as a pharmacy technician, credit manager, collection manager and buyer. Dot and Howard loved their community and loved helping people.
Dot was a current member and 1990 President of the Delta Garden Club.
Dot was known as a language purist. She was well known by many editors and publishers of magazines and newspapers, and producers of TV programs as a Freelance Copy Editor. One editor told her she had a gift. She didn’t know if it was a blessing or a curse. Dot had a passion to preserve the integrity of the English language. She was also very patriotic and wanted the best for the USA. She had written to two presidents and had received responses from both thanking her for her interest in our country.
“Gran-Dottie” also loved her two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren very much. She and Howard showed this love by making the trip to Louisiana to attend many birthday parties, dance recitals, soccer games, graduations and the like. She instilled in them a love for living and an attitude of always being positive and welcoming of new phases of life. Her mantra was, “We can’t control most things, but one thing we have control over is our attitude.”
Howard and Dot loved to travel, visiting all fifty states, 17 foreign countries, and all continents except Antarctica and Africa. During their travels they made many friends all over the world. They were avid dancers and enjoyed doing so every chance there was music including at the Yacht Club in Greenville, where they served as King and Queen of Mardi Gras. They made sure that each of their four children learned to love music and dancing as well.
Dot and Howard were both cancer survivors. They would share their experience with others who were battling cancer to inspire them.
Dot genuinely cared for people. She loved sharing stories and pictures of her family, but she loved hearing about others families, too. She would always say, “I know I talk a lot, but I have a lot to say.” She loved life.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Jason Grubbs, Scotty Holmes, Roy Schilling, Buck Clarke, Joe Langley and Paul Holland.
Honorary pallbearers are, Mark Lingle, Dr. John Estess, Bland Peyton, Katherine Null, Patricia Jones Coward, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Scooter Henderson, Billy Ray Harris, David Furr, Robert Swint, Mary Swint, Howard Christian, Doug Irving and Charles Holmes.
The family would like to thank the following care givers: Dr. John Estess, Dr. Paul W. Bill Pierce, III, Dr. Daniel Edney, Prime Care, PAX Hospice, Beth Neff, Mona Denekas, Barbara Sanders, Phyllis Tingle, Arianna Coleman, Heritage House of Vicksburg and the many caring and compassionate staff members.