Charles Clifford "Coach" Grubbs, 85, beloved husband, father and friend peacefully passed away Nov. 25, 2011 at his home in Mary Esther.
Cliff was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Columbus, Ga. He attended Auburn High School where he was named on the All Southern Grid Squad. He played football for Auburn University in 1944 then enlisted in the US Army in 1945. He returned to the Auburn football team in 1947 and graduated in 1950.
He lived most of his life in Alabama where he coached high school football for 40 years. His career included Warrior High School in Warrior, Ala.; Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. and Donoho School in Anniston, Ala. He retired in 1989 and moved to Mary Esther where he worked in the Okaloosa County School System until 1997 when he retired again.
He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Ilene Jackson Grubbs; four children, Nancy Noblitt and husband, Jackie, of Huntsville, Ala., Bill Grubbs and wife, Barbara, of Spanish Fork, Utah, Elaine Hedden and husband, Charles, of Guntersville, Ala. and Lee Grubbs of Mesa, Ariz.; three stepchildren, Patrick Moon of Crestview, Jason Moon of New York, N.Y. and Alexis Moon Simpson of Crestview; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Covent Hospice, 101 Hart Street, Niceville, FL 32578 in memory of Coach Grubbs.
The family will announce plans for a Memorial Service at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Davis-Watkins Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook, please visit www.daviswatkins.com
Published by Northwest Florida Daily News on Nov. 28, 2011.