Sept 27, 1930 - Oct 8, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY J.C. Grooms, 83, of Warr Acres, was born September 27, 1930, to Jesse and Belle Grooms in Oklahoma City and passed away on October 8, 2013. He graduated Central High School, and then completed bachelor's degrees in accounting and business from Central State College (1956) and Oklahoma City University (1960). He served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and then went to work for the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 1990. His love and focus were always on his family. Every summer, time was spent camping at Lake Eufaula or throughout almost every state west of I-35. He enjoyed playing golf, cards, dominos, coaching "Little League" baseball, and always watching his favorite sports teams (OU Sooners, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys). Other pastimes included keeping score for every baseball game he watched, reading and talking Oklahoma history and politics. He was also widely known as "the whistler" as he could whistle any tune at anytime. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Bobbie. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Duval and her husband Robert, of Edmond; his son, Jay and his wife Janeen and granddaughter, Aryanna, of Glenpool; and granddaughter, Mariah Stewart and her husband Mark, of Tulsa. J.C. and Bobbie were founding members of Grace United Methodist Church and original members of the Federal Employees Credit Union. The family would like to thank Dr. Bernhardt and the staff of Norman Veterans Center for their care provided during the last seven months. He made many friends while there and his infectious smile, big heart, and patience in dealing with his health issues will be missed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church (63rd and Tulsa). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma or Grace UMC.
Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 13, 2013