Jimmy Joe and Norma Lee Grubb, who resided in Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at their home in Fort Smith. Norma was born November 11, 1938, in Booneville, Arkansas, to the late Troy Lee Oliver and Virginia (Lacy) Oliver. She was 79 years old. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Hamilton; two brothers, Edmond and Edward Oliver. Jimmy Joe was born January 31, 1937, in the Potts Community, located south of Charleston, Arkansas, to the late James Samuel Grubb and Dollie Jane (Hayes) Grubb. He was 81 years old. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Hamilton; two sisters, Peggy Edens and Shirley Gragg.
Norma was a retired real estate agent for Ramona Roberts Realtors in Fort Smith. She was a graduate of Booneville High School, a member of Prime-Timers and the Quilting Club, and an active member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Norma was a well know artist. She loved listening to gospel music, working with arts and crafts, and with her flowers in the backyard. Norma loved her family very much, talking to her brother Don, Dona, and Nelda about all the things going on in the world. She was loved by her family very much and will be missed by all who knew her.
Jimmy Joe was a retired salesman for Frito Lay in Fort Smith and truck driver for Don’s Express in Springdale. He was a 1955 graduate of County Line High School near Branch, an avid Razorback fan and Nascar fan, and an active member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Jimmy Joe was a longtime bowler in senior bowling at Bowling World in Fort Smith. He was a former member of Cavanaugh Bass Club, known as “Ole Rubber Arm.” Jimmy Joe was a semi-pro pitcher for several different semi-pro baseball teams. He loved old country music and gospel music. He had two pug dogs at home that he loved very much. Jimmy Joe always had a happy smile on his face. He was a very outgoing man. He loved being with his family and friends, and always there when you needed him. He was loved by his family very much and will also be missed by everyone who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church, with Pastor Will Harmon and Pastor Ray Copeland officiating. Burial will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Charleston, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston.
They are survived by their son, Jim Grubb and wife Karen of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Misty Atkerson, Brittney Grubb and Gentry Rainwater; and four great-grandchildren. Norma is also survived by one brother, Don Oliver and wife Patsy of Gentry, Arkansas and Jimmy Joe is also survived by one sister, Nelda Swain and husband Carroll of Branch.
Serving as pallbearers for Norma will be Troy Oliver, Mack McGinnis, J.D. Atkerson, Joe Doshier, Wayne Newell, and Joe Pistole.
Serving as pallbearers for Jimmy Joe will be Dennis Pistole, Rick Jackson, Leroy Swain, Curtis Swain, Johnny Pendergrass, and Tristan Atkerson.
The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church @ 2825 Grinnell Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72908. (479) 646-2806
To pay an online tribute, please visit www.brothertonbrothersfuneralhomes.com.