GRUBBS, Tom

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Last Name
 
GRUBBS
Given Names
 
Tom
AKA's
 
Lemuel Thomas Grubbs, II
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
11/20/1941
Age at Death
 
36
Place of Birth
 
Bremerton, Washington
Residence (US)
 
Los Angeles, California 90006
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 03
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
C03
Religion
 
Race
 
Caucasian
Gender
 
Male
Information on __Source of Death
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Teacher, therapist for children with learning disability (Maaga)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
Entry in Guyana
 
6/17/1976
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Grade school teacher, principal;
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Gerald Richard Grubbs, aka Dick Grubbs, Ken Norton
Partner
 
Sylvia Elaine Grubbs aka Sylvia Sly (former); Bea Orsot aka Beatrice Alethia Morton, Beatrice Alethia Grubbs
Children
 
Kelly Franklin Grubbs aka Kelly Franklin Smith; Clark Andrew Grubbs aka Clark Andrew Smith; Kevan Deane Grubbs aka Kevan Deane Smith
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Nelda Lavonne Hendricks Grubbs (mother); Lemuel Thomas Grubbs (father); Deana Grubbs McConnell; Patricia L. Grubbs Persico (sisters)
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
PT record says birthdate is 10/20/1941
Remembrances
 
“Tom Grubbs was a great teacher, good with children, always working to find better ways to facilitate learning according to the needs of the students. He went to the Board of Education in WIllits to get permission to have his dog in class with him to help reach students. He was always planning news things and spoke his mind. He spoke of his childhood when his family foraged fields for food in hard times. Thank you Tom! ” - Don Beck



“Tom Grubbs, Thank you for taking me into your home and treating me as your daughter. As a teenager I could not process all the racism you experienced for having a black foster daughter. I heard the stories often as we were all sitting at dinner. At the time I just remember being angry and wanting to be accepted like Kelly. I DID NOT WANT TO HEAR HOW YOU WERE BEING PERSECUTED ON THE JOB FOR HAVING A BLACK CHILD. LOOKING BACK I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING AN UNSUNG HERO, AND FIGHT AGAINST RACISM. MOREOVER, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS WAYWARD CHILD IN YOUR HOME. YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO BE A REAL FATHER FIGURE TO ME. REST IN PARADISE YOU GREAT MAN. YOU WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF ME. THANK YOU POPS. LOVE MISSY (SHIRLETHA) ” - Shirletha Holmes-Boxx