Jane Birkner Thomas Grubbs, 86, of Wartrace, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Funeral services were Sunday, August 21, 2022, in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Pastor Carol Reynolds and Rev. Chaplain Jack Kennington officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Jane was a native of Bedford County, being raised and living in the Wartrace community. She was born November 27, 1935, to W. Claude and Lenora Armstrong Thomas. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by beloved husband of 63 years, Wayman Stanley Grubbs; brother, Ervin Thomas; and great-grandson, Elam Ferguson.
She attended Wartrace Elementary and High School. Jane married her school sweetheart “Worm” and soon started their family together. Jane was a lifelong member of the Wartrace United Methodist Church. During her early years, she served as a youth Sunday school teacher. Soon after her children reached school age, Jane started working for Yancy’s Florist in Shelbyville. After leaving there, she began a lengthy banking career, serving as teller for several banking institutions, before retiring after 20 years of employment. Jane reentered the work force, working as a receptionist at Shelbyville Recreation Center for 8 years. Upon final retirement, Jane enjoyed and cared for her husband “Worm” until his death.
Jane truly enjoyed family times. She always cooked and served Sunday family dinner. She also prepared countless meals for holidays and children’s birthdays. Jane enjoyed cookbooks, and passionately found new dishes to serve family and friends. Jane loved to read, and kept up with local news and local events.
Jane is survived by five children, Bobbie Ferguson of Shelbyville, Susan McCurry of Shelbyville, Tommy Grubbs of Murfreesboro, Jennifer Grubbs of Mt. Juliet and Brent Grubbs of Wartrace; grandchildren, Jeremy (Mandy) Ferguson, Dana (Manuel) Rodriguez, Alex (Brie) McCurry, Sarah (Hunter) Hall, Britney Crowell, BJ McCurry and Cole Maxfield; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Wartrace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 569, Wartrace, TN 37183.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.