Bette Grooms(1925 - 2014)

Bette Barbaree Grooms - SAVANNAH - Bette Barbaree Grooms, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on April 26, 2014. Born on August 6, 1925 in Savannah, GA to the late William Iverson and Ruby Burkhalter Barbaree, she graduated from Commercial High School and The University of Georgia/Georgia State University. She married the love of her life Thomas Lafayette Grooms, Jr. in which they had 50 years together. They were charter members of Southside Baptist Church and also served on the PTO of Calvary Day School. She won a National Spelling Bee contest, a number of Jitterbug contests and was a member of NARFE. Mrs. Grooms was a dedicated Executive Secretary for the Federal Government with over 25 years of Civil Service. She was particularly proud of her efforts and accomplishments at Fort Pulaski. She also served the 3rd ID and retired from the Corp of Engineers in 1988. She and her husband owned and operated a Dipper Dan Ice Cream franchise in Daytona Beach. They certainly enjoyed their retirement and friends at First Baptist of Daytona. Later, they returned to Savannah where they lived out their lives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Grooms, Jr, a daughter Deborah Elizabeth Grooms and a son, Joseph William Grooms. She is survived by her sister, Miriam Barbaree Brinson, a son, Thomas L. Grooms, III (Brynda) of Savannah, daughters Joy(ce) Southern of Augusta and Janice Grooms Humphreys of Savannah. Grandchildren - Charisee Grooms Warrington (Brian), Ashley Angle, Heather Grooms Wills (Josh), Thomas Joseph Grooms, Scarlett Elizabeth Sanson, Jacob William Grooms, Kayleigh Broxton and Bradley Beecher; 5 great-grandchildren, scores of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special thanks to Sara Mosley - her caregiver. Visitation: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Southside Baptist Church, 5502 Skidaway Road. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Please sign our online guestbook at Savannah Morning News April 30, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

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Published in Savannah Morning News from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2014