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James David Grubbs

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April 12, 1935 - May 11, 2015 April 12, 1935 - May 11, 2015 Dr. James David Grubbs, 80, of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2015, with his beloved wife of 29 years, Melinda by his side. David was born April 12, 1935 in Tallahassee, Florida to J.D. and Inez Grubbs. After winning a state wide speech contest at Winona Lake Indiana in 1951, he was personally commissioned into the ministry by Billy Graham that day. He chose to turn down a fully funded scholarship to Purdue Uni-versity's Pre Law Program to attend his denominations university. David graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the university. An ordained minister for over 50 years, he served as Senior Pastor of the First Church of God in Kingsport, Tennessee for 13 years, then Senior Pastor of Salem Church of God in Dayton, Ohio for 15 years. In 1990 he founded David Grubbs and Associates, a consulting and fundraising firm specializing in raising major gifts for churches, schools, universities, and civic organizations. David had a passion to help others realize their dreams. David was preceded in death by his sister, Mable Prather. He is survived by his wife, Melinda, five sons: Marty Grubbs (Kim) of Oklahoma City, OK; Joel Grubbs (Julie) of Oklahoma City, OK; Ben Sumner of Port Charlotte, FL; George Sumner (Lauren) of Laguna Beach, Curt Sumner (Tiffany) of Costa Mesa, and daughter Corrie Sumner Johnson (Jamie) of Santa Ana. David adored his large family which included eleven grandchildren, Micah and Abigail Johnson, Ford and Kennedy Sumner, Lana Micke, Josh, Sydney & Shelby Grubbs, Cole Grubbs, Tyler Grubbs (Brittany), Kristin Grubbs-Turner (Harrison); great grandson Teagan James Grubbs; two brothers, Larry Grubbs (Beverly) of Indianapolis, Dale Grubbs (Joyce) of Anderson, IN; numerous treasured cousins, nieces and nephews. David will be deeply missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of the research of Sumanta Pal, M.D. at City of Hope. Please send donations to: City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 and mark "David Grubbs" in the memo section of the check. His services will be on June 1, at 11:00 am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 15 to May 17, 2015
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