Phillip "Grover" Groves

Born in Nashville, TN on April 25, 1952

Departed on October 9, 2015 and resided in Portland, TN

  • Visitation: Crestview Funeral Home Room: Stateroom A
    • Sunday October 11, 2015 4:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Monday October 12, 2015 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Life Celebration: Crestview Funeral Home Room: Chapel
    • Monday October 12, 2015 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Age 63 of Portland, TN went to be with the Lord on October 9, 2015.
Grover was a simple man who enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing, and music. Especially in recent years, he spent most mornings gardening, and he would even offer up his prayers during this time of solitude. Despite being a man of simple tastes, he was multi-talented and could play several instruments including the fiddle, piano, guitar, drums, and the banjo. Interestingly, he was self-taught on all the instruments he learned to play. This fact is illustrative of his nature as a very determined individual.
He leaves behind a tremendous legacy as an honest man, hard-worker, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a caring and giving soul. He instilled his love of hard-work in each of his children. His family recalls his uncanny abilities as “a man always poised with an answer,” regardless of whether or not his answers were actually correct. Though Grover could be serious at times, he enjoyed cutting up and making people smile. Above all, he was a man who put his trust in the Lord. Though he was not a member, he had many friends at the LaGuardo Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In practicing his faith, he gave generously to the Nashville Rescue Mission and to Feed the Children. He was certainly a man whose heart ached for those in need.
He is preceded in death by his great-great-aunt, Etta Slicer and son, Phillip Groves, Jr. Grover is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Mary Groves; daughter, Katrina Michelle Groves; sons, Marty (Jennifer) Brown, Tim (Misty) Brown; grandchildren, Katie, Bradley, and Hannah Groves, Micah, Malachi, Eli, Emily, and Evan Brown; aunt, Polly Haynes; the members of the Cherokee Yacht Club; and all those at Sumner County Schools.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grover’s honor to the Nashville Rescue Mission or to a charity of your choosing.
A life celebration will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, October 11 from 4-8 and again on Monday from 12-2. All services will be held at the funeral home. CRESTVIEW FUNERAL HOME, 1623 Highway 109 N, Gallatin, TN 37066 (615) 452-1943

12 Comments to Phillip "Grover" Groves

  1. Polly Hayes
    October 10, 2015 8:57 pm

    On October 9th, I lost my precious nephew Phillip Allen. We had a special relationship one that lasted for 63
    years. I will never forget him and now he will live on in my heart.

    Phillip Allen will never know the impact he had on so many. His simple life and caring spirit and the way he held
    on to his faith when times got rough, inspired so many. He will forever be remembered by those who loved him
    and as a friend to many.

    Phillip Allen, I will not forget you! See I have engraved your name on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49: 15, 16 NIV

    Aunt Polly

  2. John Wootten
    October 12, 2015 9:41 am

    Phillip and I were good friends in the 60’s when he lived on Park Ave in Gallatin. I’m not surprised he turned out the way he did, caring and a man of faith in God. I remember a song he wrote called A Stranger At The Door. I know He’ll be missed till we all get Home. May God Bless his whole Family

  3. Bob Shults
    October 12, 2015 12:16 pm

    Grover was the ” go -to ” guy for the School system when it came to making keys and repairing locks. He’d come in with his hair stuck up under his hat, get straight to work, and after he was done, share some “Grover words of wisdom” about preventing the problem the next time. I am sorry for the family’s loss. Our loss,too.

  4. Bonnie Crook
    October 12, 2015 12:20 pm

    Extending my Sincere Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to Grover’s Wife, Children & Family
    He will be missed and I will always remember his quiet, gentle smile & the kind twinkle in his eyes.
    Bonnie Crook
    Support Services/Material Center

  5. Linda Becker
    October 12, 2015 12:45 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family and friends of “Grover”. He was a very kind man who seem to have the patience of Job. I appreciate so much all of his help and understanding throughout the 23 years I have known him. He was a very special person who will tremendously be missed but his memories will live forever. May God’s strength at this most difficult time comfort his wife and family.

    Linda Becker
    School Nutrition Director
    Sumner County Schools

  6. Dean Heady
    October 12, 2015 2:13 pm

    Phillip lived with his Aunt Etta next door to me on Park Avenue in Gallatin. He was a great kid and loved music. When I left for college I gave him my bass guitar and amp. So glad he developed his musical talent. My prayers are with his family.

  7. Theresa Dowell-Fuqua
    October 12, 2015 2:25 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of Mr. Grover. He was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by those of us who worked with him over the years in the school system. May comfort and strength be yours today and in the days to come.

  8. Trish Hall
    October 12, 2015 3:03 pm

    To Grover’s family,
    I am deeply saddened to here of Grover’s death. I remember the first time I met him when he came to the school where I was working. I asked him what his name was and his reply was “They call me Grover”. Such a nice man and could tell you anything you needed to know about locks and keys. He will be missed!

    Trish Hall,
    WMS custodian

  9. Jeanette Jackson
    October 12, 2015 6:12 pm

    So sorry to the Groves family. All of the staff of BHS will miss Grover. The pictorial remembrance was wonderful. It certainly gave many of us an insight into his life that we did not know.

  10. Michelle Groves
    October 12, 2015 8:14 pm

    I love you dad, not only are you apart of who I am but you will always remain in my heart. Thank you Mary for being a good step mom and loving and taking care of my dad. You were a true blessing to him…

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