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Ruth Clary Groover

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WAYCROSS — Mrs. William E. (Ruth Clary) Groover died on the morning of April 16, 2022.

Born in Savannah, Ga., on October 13, 1928, she lived in Waycross for 93 years. Mrs. Groover will be remembered for her generosity, entertaining, a love of the Bible as well as sports, particularly football and tennis, and also as one who treasured family and friends from all walks of life.

As a Waycross High School graduate, she was privileged to speak at her high school graduation along with Pernell Roberts and Emily Handley. Mrs. Groover earned her degree in Business Administration from Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College and State University). While there, she sang in the A Capella choir, directed by the well- known Max Noah, which was a highlight of her college experience.

After college graduation, Mrs. Groover worked for Georgia Power Company until her marriage to William E. Groover Jr. She became a homemaker and a member of the Waycross Service League where she served in several capacities, including president.

Mrs. Groover was a faithful member of First United Methodist church, singing in the Chancel Choir for many years in addition to serving as a Sunday school teacher for children and adults, and a women’s circle leader.

Mrs. Groover was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Groover Jr., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. (Corrie Belle) Clary.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jane (Tim) Holt, Marie Garrison, and Ginger (Jerry) Lang, along with three grandchildren, Jason (Lydia) Sapp, Kirsten (Jacob) Forsythe, Samuel (Jane) Lang. She also has three great grandchildren, Evelyn Maye Sapp, Daphne Rose Sapp and Willa June Sapp.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church in Waycross, followed by visitation.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Bethesda Recovery, 1010 Mary Street, Waycross, 31503 or to one of three funds through First United Methodist Church, 410 Williams Street, Waycross, 31501, (Feed My Lambs, Everyday With Love or the John Rentz Fund.)

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Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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