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Saturday May 21st, 2022
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Johnny Arvin Grubb

Johnny Arvin Grubb, 81, of Athens Tennessee, passed away on May 12, 2022. He was born in Idlewild, Tennessee on October 7, 1940. He was a native of McMinn County and was the son of the late Hubert and Lillie Mae Grubb. He was the youngest of seven brothers; Frank, Jack, Kenneth, Dennis, Clyde, and Wayne. Johnny has been a member of First Baptist Church beginning in 1979 till present. He also was a first grade Sunday School Teacher for 25-30 years. He graduated McMinn County High School in 1958 and went on to the Tennessee Military Institute. He was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and went on to be the head football coach at Cordova High School. Johnny obtained a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Samford University and served as a football coach there. He went on to be a football coach and the athletic director of Claiborne County High School. Johnny served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal at McMinn County High School. Johnny was awarded the A.F. Bridges Sportsman Principal of the Year. He was also a board member of the East Tennessee Education Association. He was also awarded the University of Tennessee’s William J and Lucille H Field award for excellence in secondary education leadership. After retiring, Johnny was a Silver Medalist in the National Senior Olympic Games. He was a Gold medalist in the state of Tennessee Senior Olympic games in 2021. 
He is preceded in death by his parents; Hubert and Lillie Mae Rogers Grubb, daughter; Angela (Angie) Grubb, and two brothers; Frank and Clyde. 
Johnny is survived by his Wife; Glenda McGriff Grubb, daughter; Terri (Vince) Mayberry of Leesville, Louisiana, grandchildren; Trevor, Zachary, Lauren, Kay, and Anastasia Mayberry, brothers; Jack (Oneida), Kenneth, Dennis (JoAnn), and Wayne Grubb, and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be 2pm Sunday, May 22, 2022 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Henard officiating. Interment will follow at Idlewild Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be grandsons, Trevor and Zachary Mayberry and nephews. Visitation will be from 2-5pm Saturday, May 21, 2022 at First Baptist Church. 
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Angie Grubb Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O McMinn County High School. 2211 Congress Parkway, Athens TN, 37303. 
Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycock-hobbs.com/obituaries /Johnny-Grubb. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, TN is in charge of the arrangements. 

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So sorry to lose you coach, God bless,

Karl and Beth (Hughes) Thomas Jun 2 2022 10:17 PM

I really like Principal Grubb but anybody knew how to put me in my place it was him i am sorry for the loss of such a great man sometime you just don't realize how great a person someone is until you don't get older but when they are gone the loss is still there

Benjamim Schultz May 28 2022 2:09 AM

My deepest sympathies to Johnny's family. I was a graduate of TMI (class of 1959) and like3d and admired Johnny for the one year I knew him. I know that he will be deeply missed.

Frerderick l Trotter May 23 2022 11:26 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Coach John Grubb. Our prayers are with you all.

Ann & Arrants Kennedy & Family May 22 2022 10:41 PM

Concern and best wishes to the family and many friends of Johnny. Growing up across the ridge from Idlewild, competing against several of the Grubbs in grade school and admiring this fine family was just the start. Watching each family member mature and contribute has been a lifetime pleasure. I join the many who congratulate Johnny for a life well lived.

Virgil Mincy May 22 2022 8:57 AM

He was a great principal and person he will be missed by a lot of people Rip Mr Grubb

Holly Martin May 21 2022 5:03 PM

John was such a good man. We are keeping you in our prayers daily.

Sherri and Jamie Kennedy May 21 2022 3:11 PM

john was truly a good man and the greatest neighbor.

steve and becky May 21 2022 1:41 PM

Was fortunate enough to to play under coach Grubb for 1-yr at McMinn Co as a Cherokee. Like many others, I appreciate the fact that he made me a better person and helped to prepare me for my life ahead. He was a good man and will be missed. Rest In peace coach.

Jeff Marzolf May 20 2022 9:49 PM

You were a great gym teacher and principal at McMinn high school glad we are related I'll visit you often at the cemetery in Idlewild where all my family is buried at I 💕 you coach Grubb until we meet again in heaven rest in peace and fly high with the angels

Kevin Jones May 20 2022 9:05 PM

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