Mr. Groves was born October 28, 1915, in Munday, Texas, to Daniel and Laura (nee Kitchens) Groves. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, a member of the Masonic Lodge #1109 AF&AM in New Braunfels, New Braunfels Chapter #771 Order of the Eastern Star, (Past Worthy Patron), Scottish Rite Bodies of Austin, Texas; Ben Hur Shrine of Austin, Life Member of Texas State Teachers Association and a member of the New Braunfels Retired Teachers Assn. He served in the European theatre of operations during WWII.
During the late 1950’s he served in Vietnam on a special assignment with the Military Advisory Assistance Group. He was a flight engineer during much of his military career. He was retired USAF Master Sergeant and retired high school teacher, having taught in the A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, Texas after retiring from the USAF. He was, at the time of his death, a Colonel in the Confederate Air Force. The objectives of the CAF are to preserve in flying condition combat aircraft of WWII, to provide a permanent display of those aircraft, to perpetuate the memory in which these planes were flown and those who flew and manned them in the defense of our nation and to preserve these aircraft as symbols of American Military Aviation Heritage.
Mr. Groves was married to Rea Arnett in 1942, in Mission, Texas. She preceded him in death in 1983. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and a brother. Mr. Groves married Alice Crosby in 1984, in New Braunfels. She also preceded him in death in 1999.
He is survived by his son, William Groves and wife Margaret of Lockhart; grandson, Edward and wife Raina of Alice, Texas; granddaughter, Christina Reimer and husband Cody of Schertz, Texas; great-grandson, William Easton Groves; step-daughter, Molly Jones and husband Michael; step granddaughter, Judy Jones Lynn; step grandson, Michael Todd Jones; sister, Gwendolyn Hailey of Amarillo, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Sunday, October 23, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels.
Funeral services were Monday, October 24, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. Interment followed in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio with full military honors.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Senior Adult Fund of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels or to the fund of one’s choice.
Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels