Funeral for Ed Groover, 85, of Decatur will be today, March 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Hartselle City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Groover passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at River City Care & Rehab. He was born March 1, 1928, in Morgan County to Roy Shuford Groover and Martha Irene Roden Groover. After graduating from Falkville High School, Ed was a U.S. Army Paratrooper from 1946-1949. He served in the U.S. Navy as a deep sea diver from 1950-1957 and served in the Reserve from 1957-1959. He was employed by Chemstrand Corporation while attending night school at Athens State. He earned his BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1959.
His career took him to Key West, Florida, where he worked for the Naval Research Laboratory. There he played an integral role in the development of a marine corrosion test facility until his retirement in 1974.
In 1991, he returned to Decatur to be with family and friends. He was a member of the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church. His hobbies included photography, hiking and traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dot; and one sister, Martha Jo Parker.
Survivors include his wife, Thena Dean Groover; one brother, Robert D. Groover of Seabrook, Texas; nieces, Cathy Terry and Becky Hogan (Mike), both of Decatur; two stepsons, Bob Sandusky of Birmingham and Bill Briscoe (Sparvin) of Atlanta, Ga.; and one stepdaughter, Betty Metcalf (Jack) of Decatur.
Pallbearers will be Carl Smith, Jerry Hopper, Tom Lance, Jimmie Derrick, James McCreless and Bobby Day.
Peck Funeral Home
1600 Hwy 31 Sw Hartselle, AL 35640
Published in the Decatur Daily on Mar. 1, 2014