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Richard D. Groover, Sr.

Richard D. Groover, Sr.

October 12, 1942 - October 9, 2017     Age: 74


Richard Daniel Groover, Sr., age 74, of Fernandina Beach passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 on Amelia Island.

In the summer of 1963 Richard returned home from Korea to grieve the loss of his father, not knowing he would kindle a love with a girl who he once walked the halls of his school with. They married that same year and knew they were soul mates.  Fifty-four years later they still are.

Richard was a man of honor. That honor was the promises he made thru a strong handshake. He found joy by helping anyone in need. He was always there to lend an ear to listen and speak words of truth & wisdom. Richard could most of the time be found high in a tree or under a hood of an old truck. In his spare time he enjoyed time on the water fishing with his family.  Richard served his country, community and most of all, his family. He loved teaching life lessons through the stories he told. His faith kept him grounded and humble throughout his life. He was known as a “jack of all trades” whether that be his military service, entrepreneurship, gifted mechanical skills, or his love of being an arborist. His greatest contribution in life was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His legacy is of love, faith, honor, and respect.

Mr. Groover was predeceased by his parents, Woodrow Wilson and Bobby Ida (Elson) Groover; His son, Richard Daniel “Danny” Groover, Jr., a sister, Nina Mary Groover and two brothers, Charles “Spuggy” Groover and Jimmy Groover.

His surviving family includes: his wife of 54 years, Lois Groover; three daughters, Nina (Joe Boatright) Groover of Fernandina Beach, Kimberly (David) Thomas of Fernandina Beach and Deanna (Wayne) Groover Williams of Yulee; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Groover Akemon, widow of Danny Groover of Otisco, IN; three sisters, Sharen (Larry) Gilmer of Yulee, Karen (Wayne) Combs of Yulee, and Cristy (Randy) Scott of Fernandina Beach; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Thomas, Joey (Logan) Boatright, Destiny Bass, Shelbie Groover, Jake (Emily) Boatright, Dalton (Trina) Williams, Aaron Groover, Jade Groover and Bradly Thomas; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the First Assembly of God in Fernandina Beach with Pastor Ed Shick officiating.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please make donation through First Assembly of God, 302 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 30234 for Lois and Richard Groover.

13 Condolences

  • Kathy and Rick Allen Posted October 11, 2017 9:31 am

    To Kim and Family:
    Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of your father. Wishing you peace and strength during this very difficult time. Love, Kathy Allen and family

  • Holly Bagley Posted October 11, 2017 10:04 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Deanna, Kim, and the entire family.
    I am here for you ladies, just as you have been there for me in the past.

  • Sonny and Phyllis hudson Posted October 11, 2017 10:31 am

    So very sorry for your loss

  • Ruthie Jackson Posted October 12, 2017 12:24 pm

    I am so saddened by the Passing of this great Husband, Father, Grandpa, and Friend….Richard was a caring and compassionate Man who Loved his Family Above all…Fly High my friend and enjoy your visits with Danny….
    Sending love and prayers to the family…

  • Windle and Brenda Brooks Posted October 12, 2017 12:35 pm

    Lois and children . I m so sorry about Richards passing, He was a fine man in every respect. and a darn good truck driver when we worked at Burgess and Cook freight line a long time ago .I m gonna try to attend the funeral. He will be sorely missed by many.

  • Debbie Vanzant Bishop Posted October 12, 2017 1:42 pm

    I can’t believe I have read this. Lois I love you so much!

  • Shawna Evatt Perpall Posted October 12, 2017 5:47 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

  • Lisa Sanborn Posted October 12, 2017 6:01 pm

    Deanna and family I’m so sorry for your loss praying for your peace and comfort.

  • Dale Blocker Deonas Posted October 12, 2017 6:24 pm

    Karen and Wayne, I did not know Richard but he had to be one heck of a man. All of these people cannot be wrong. RIP Richard.

  • Dalia Jones Talbird Posted October 13, 2017 9:00 am

    We are so very sorry for this loss in your family. Richard was one of a kind, always eager to help with whatever was needed. We will miss him a lot.
    Love you family,
    Aunt Iris, Dalia and Dean

  • Theresa Carr Posted October 14, 2017 5:14 am

    Lois I am so sorry for your loss. May God words comfort you through this time of sorrow.

  • Finer Hodges Posted October 14, 2017 10:49 pm

    Lois I am so sorry. Richard was a great person. I havesme god memories of when e were young and have those dinners at mamas. He was always making everyone laugh. He is loved and will be missed. My prayers are with all and I love you.

  • Crystal and Paul latina Posted October 25, 2017 8:59 pm

    Our hearts are broken; Our memory of Richard will always be in the beauty of our backyard Thank you.

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