of West Helena, AR
February 27, 1956 - March 17, 2022
On March 17, 2022, Tina Avin Grubbs passed away at the age of 66.On February 27, 1956 she was born in Savannah, Georgia. She was the second of five children. At an early age Tina moved to Gulfport, Mississippi. She would spend a good portion of her life "on the coast" and "in the Kiln" with her countless Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. Her family eventually moved to Picayune, Mississippi. She attended Picayune Elementary, Middle, and High School. She was an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She was a member of the Picayune High School Band on the flag team. Tina worked at Paul's Bakery from the age of 14 until she graduated college. In 1974 she became a student at Mississippi State University. In 1976 she met her husband, Joe Grubbs, Sr. She graduated with a degree in Applied Science, Special Education, and Teaching from Mississippi State. Married on April 25, 1979, Joe and Tina made a home in West Helena, Arkansas although she always called Picayune "home". She would teach Special Education at JF Wahl and eventually found her love in Early Childhood Education. She became a teacher at Great Rivers Education Co-Op where she taught up until January 2022. To Tina, every student became hers. She would affectionately call all of them her "kids". She would eventually become the director of the early childhood program after receiving her masters in Science, Curriculum, Special Education, and Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She worked tirelessly for St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was dedicated to her religion and all those she touched with her faith. Tina was an amazing mother, wife, sister, teacher, friend, mentor, and confidant. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Joe Clayton Grubbs, Sr.; daughter, Mary Grubbs; two sons, Clay Grubbs (Dr. Kelli Grubbs) and Michael Grubbs; eight grandchildren, Evelyn, Ethan, Weldon, Joe III, Asa, James, Richard, and Eleanor; two brothers, Kevin (Cynthia) and Nicky (Janet); one sister, Leslie (Ronnie); four brother and sister in laws, Eddie (Janice), Jimmie Ruth (Bob), Gloria (Winston) and Terry; 22 nieces and nephews, Michael, Rebecca, Daniel, Sarah, Adam, Jeremy, Ben, Lauren, Erica, Paige, Kaden, Caleb, Joey, Christy, Brad, Corey, Melissa, Kyle, Kaci, Amanda, Matt and Maygan; extended family, Chris Bennett, Shannon Bennett, Zoey Bennett and Gena Grubbs; a host of other family and friends.She is preceded in death by her mom and dad, Edna and John Leo Guidry; father, Bill Avin; mother and father in law, Doyle and Frankie Grubbs; brother, Danny Avin, Mike Warren, Rufus Rodgers and Lynda Grubbs; multiple uncles, aunts, and cousins who impacted her life. A Rosary for Mrs. Tina Avin Grubbs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena, Arkansas with a Mass following shortly after at 10:30 a.m. There will be a lunch held following the Mass next door in the hall and will be open for everyone.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in honor of her love and dedication.She was our best friend, mother, our teacher, our everything.Services are directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870)-572-2571. Relatives and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/westhelena.
My thoughts and prayers are with you..May God continue to provide strength and encouragement!She was a “JEWEL”With Loving Sympathy
It is rare in life to be able to know someone like Tina. She possessed a wealth of love and kindness for each person she met.Her deep faith could be seen by all of us who worked with her over the years.My deepest sympathy for her family. May her smile, wit and love surround you allforever.
So sorry Joey. You and your family are in my prayers.
Oh Joey. Lance and I are just broken hearted for you and your family. We have the best memories of sitting around your kitchen table amazed by you and Tina managing a the chaos of a house full of kids and dogs and loving every minute! I can see her face right now as she corrected most of what you had to say! I, of course, loved that. It was always a good time. We always loved the vibe at the Grubbs’ house. We are so sorry to have lost contact. The world has lost a very special lady. Sending you much love. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joey, so sorry for your loss!
Joey, my deepest condolences to you and you family. Sending you a big hug.
Sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers for her family, friends and very “Kids.”
We know that we are going sometime, but we are never prepared for that time. My prayers are with the family and friends who feel the loss. Remember the good times and keep them in your thoughts. An Angel has been claimed and is looking down on you sending Blessings. God Bless you and keep you.
Joey and family,I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing Tina Ann Lee
Joey I’m so sorry for your loss. These are very difficult days for you and your family. I pray the power of God’s Strength, comfort and peace will sustain you and your family during this time of grief. Thoughts of love and prayers………..Sybil
So sorry for your loss.
❤️ Sending Prayers
Condolences to all Tina’s family. I know there’s an empty place in each of you. She was a person who enjoyed life, regardless of what she faced. She loved family. We grew up together. We were cousins. Beautiful inside and out. May the souls of the faithful departed Rest In Peace.
Joe, I’m sorry for your loss, my friend.I’m praying for you.
Tina was a sweet teacher for my son. PRAYERS for her family..
My prayers and love to you all. She was a very special person.
George and I are praying for you and your family during this season. May our Lord hold you in His arms.
We were so saddened to hear of Tina’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and will truly be missed! Love and prayers to all the family.
Joey, so sorry to hear about the loss of Tina. Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.
Peace, Love and Prayers.
Our prayers are with you and family.
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and neighbor. Our mother treasured working with Tina at Great Rivers and the Grubbs are beloved neighbors. The community has lost someone irreplaceable.
The terrible shock and depth of your loss is equal to the tremendous love you gave. We miss you terribly, but knowing your steadfast faith has kept you in God’s grace is our consolation. You have been a guiding light for many and — if we too find grace — no doubt we shall see your bright, guiding light, yet again. Such is the hope and love you gave to us, and we will work hard to deserve it. RIP Tina
Sending love and prayers to you Mary and your family! So very sorry for your loss! May God comfort and keep you and your family in the days to come. Love Gloria
Joey and family,I am so sorry to hear of Tina’s death. She was a dear friend to me. She always took time to ask about me and my family. She touched many lives through her years of teaching. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you during this time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you all.
So very sorry for your loss! Tina was a special person!
Joey and family,I am so sad to learn of your loss. Prayers for all of you. Dona Maples Bowry
Joe and family: My heart goes out to each of your family members over Tina’s passing. Her legacy will be the love she had for all of you. She was an extraordinary woman who shall never be forgotten. I hope you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.
Joey and family So sorry for your loss All are in our prayers Pat and Romey Clark
I am very sorry for your loss. Tina was loved by so many and her loss will be felt by all. May God's Comfort and Peace aid to all who mourn.
Joey, Mary ,Clay and Michael, We are so very sorry for your loss! Tina was a wonderful lady and we know your heart is breaking. Sending love and many prayers for the days ahead. She will be missed by so many.
Sorry for your Loss.
Joey , sending prayers & love for you and your family during this difficult time 🙏❤️
Over the past 20+ years, I had the privilege of getting to know "Aunt Tina." She was always such an encourager, and I loved talking about school and education with her. She will be greatly missed by her extended Guidry family. Praying for you all!
Joey and family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Joey, Mary, Clay and Michael,I am so sorry for the loss of Tina!! She was one of a kind no doubt. I have great memories of her wisdom given around your kitchen table as our boys grew up together, what a strong wonderful Mother she was. I am so honeyed to call her my friend. Heaven has gained a mighty angel and you all are so blessed to have watching over you with her great love for each of you. I pray God wraps you all in his arms of love and peace. Love you all.
I am so sorry to hear of Tina’s passing. She was a precious person and a good friend. We always had fun with the youth program at St Charles Catholic Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻
So shocked and sorry hear of Tina. Such a wonderful person. Loved many and many loved her. The void she leaves will be Hugh. Goodbye my friend
Joe and family:My heart hurts for you all.She was such a lovely person, thoughtful and caring to us all.She was the best listener and teacher in the world.May God give you peace and strength to carry on.Sincerely with love,Laurie McLendon
So very sorry for your loss Joey! Will keep your family and you in my thoughts and prayers 🙏
Joey and family:So, so very sorry to read this today. God bless you all!
I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful and loving tribute. Sending my very sincere ( cousin) love and prayers. MJ and Porter Young
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
My condolences to the family for their loss. Tina will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Tina.
I dearly loved this sweet lady. She gave me a reference for my first job. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayer to the entire family is that you will feel Gods arms around you and He will comfort you in the days ahead as you deal with your loss. Terri
So sorry for the loss of yalls love one
Joey I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. Sad times.
Joe and familyTina was such a sweet lady and I am glad to have known her. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Love and prayers for your family. God bless you all.You love of children and others will truly be missed Tina
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Tina’s precious family. She was a cherished mentor and friend, who was never short on words or wisdom and taught a valuable lesson every time I talked with her. I will miss her immensely and will forever be grateful for the wisdom and lessons on life, love, and service she shared.
Oh Tina, I am so going to miss your smiling face. You are one of the first people Allen and I met upon moving to Helena. Prayers and love for you and your family.
So sorry for the passing of my friend Tina. I will pray for God’s comfort for her family in this time of great loss.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the entire family.
She was an awesome lady! Every time we meet at J.F.Wahl she always took the time out to talk and encourage me! She loved the children! She will be missed! Gone but not forgotten!
Sweet sweet lady, so sorry for your loss. Tina was wonderful at what she did and will truly be missed.Hugs and prayers for all of you.Danny and Roxie Wilson
Sending prayers and love to your family during this time of loss. May God bring you peace and comfort.
Dear Joey and family,I am so very sorry for your loss of Tina. She was such a sweet person and friend. She worked tirelessly for our church. May our Lord grant each of you peace and comfort.Mary Kay and Richard Rohrscheib
I am so very sorry for your loss of Tina. I pray that God will keep his arms around you all.June White
Sorry to hear this, prayers for the family . Nice lady worked with her a few years !
Joey and family:I am so sorry to see the loss of Tina. She was always so much fun to be around. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love to each of you.
Prayers for family and friends!Wilma Mansfield (Hometown West Helena)
Joey, I am sorry. Tina was one of my first customers. She was so friendly. I always enjoyed bumping into to her and reminiscing Really don’t know what to say. I was just shocked