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Last Name
Given Names
Grubbs, Lemuel Thomas II
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Bremerton, Washington
Family Tree
  Grubbs Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Gerald Richard Grubbs, aka Dick Grubbs, Ken Norton
Sylvia Elaine Grubbs aka Sylvia Sly (former); Bea Orsot aka Beatrice Alethia Morton, Beatrice Alethia Grubbs
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)
Body Identification Number
39-I [Listed as "Grubbs, Lemuel Thomas 2nd"]
Burial Location
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Los Angeles, California 90006
Residence (JT)
Cottage 03
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Teacher, Spec ed therapist for children with learning disability; agricultre, meteorology, barber, shoe repair, letherwork, small appliance repair (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1zz)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
principal; Teacher in Jonestown school (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1xx); Positive Stimulus Guidance (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4b); Shoe repair (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1ttttt)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
School principal, archery teacher (FBI Report, 89-4286-1681)
Government Income
PT record says birthdate is 10/20/1941
“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

"Surviving and Remembering Tom and Dick Grubbs" ” - Dea McConnell

"Remembering Tom Grubbs" ” - 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

The Discovery of a Jonestown Family” - Heather Smith-Gearns