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Jeanette Ely Groves

Rome, Georgia

Jan 24, 1933 – Sep 1, 2020 (Age 87)


January 24, 1933
September 1, 2020
Rome, Georgia


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Henderson Sons Funeral Home South Chapel - Rome Obituary

Mrs. Jeanette Ely Groves, age 87, of Rome, GA, went home to be with the Lord to live her eternal life on September 1, 2020, surrounded and comforted by her family.

Jeanette was born on January 24, 1933 in Rome, GA. She attended Harmony School in Floyd County. On March 12, 1949, Jeanette married the late Luther Ely. She became a mother and they raised two sons together. Jeanette worked hard at home and on the job, along with her husband, to make a nice life for their children. Many memories were made as the boys grew. Over the years, she worked at the Lindale Mill, McCall Hospital, Valley View Nursing Home, and eventually retiring from Winthrop. Jeanette and Luther’s grandchildren have many memories of the time they spent with their “Maw Maw” and Paw Paw”.

After the death of her husband Luther in 1989, Jeanette later married John M. “Greasy” Groves in 1996. They enjoyed their retirement together, each having their own hobbies. Friday evenings were always spent together for dinner at The Homestead. John passed away in 2015. Jeanette had many friends who she loved to meet for shopping and lunch dates at all of her favorite places. She was a devoted member of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale where she sang in the choir for many years.

In addition to her late husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, W. C. and Lizzie Noles, by her sister, Leon Spinks, and by her granddaughter, Shana Ely Pardue.

Jeanette will be missed dearly and is survived by her two sons, Sammy Ely (Nell), Taylorsville, and Lanny Ely (Glenda), Rome, and her step-son, Tim Groves (Angela), Rome. Also surviving are her grandchildren that she loved very much, Stacy Ely (Mark Garriga), Ocean Springs, MS, Shelley Ely, Taylorsville, Sheryl Ely Black (Taylor), Woodstock, Erin Ely Ellison (Marty), Ronnie Wade (Paige), and Lee Wade (Crystal), all of Rome, Whitman Groves, Lemoore, CA, and Alex Groves, Concord, NC. Great grandchildren surviving are Luke and Bo Davis, Mary-Anna Formby, Lizzy and Sam Pardue, Katelyn and Carly Black, Ethan and Embry Ellison, Hannah Wade Allen (Tucker), Brice and Grant Wade, Lauren and Will York, Holden and Mary-Kate Wade, and Landen and Aiden Bursee. She is also survived by a great-great grandchild, Beckett Allen, and a niece, Donna Johnson (John), Los Osos, CA.

Lanny and Glenda Ely will receive family and friends who wish to come by their home on Thursday, September 3, 2020, between the hours of 5 and 7pm.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020, at 5pm in Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Barry Snapp will officiate.

Mrs. Groves’ great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements

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So sorry to hear about your beautiful Mother. I remember her singing in the choir at Flint Hill. Now she is singing in the Heavenly Choir.

Sammy,Lanny and family. I am sorry to hear about your mother passing. I just saw this this morning. I always will remember how welcome your mother and dad(Luther) mad me feel. God Bless and be with you all.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Your mom was a sweet lady always taking time to speak when I saw her. Remember all the good and funny memories and it will help in the grieving.


What a gracious and classy lady. Got to know her well at lunches when Tootsies deli was open on Thursdays. Hair appt day. Her clothes and gaur were always to perfection. Precious times. May God comfort each of you. Prayers for the coming days.

So very sorry Lanny and Sammy for your loss, Our prayers are with your entire family, May God give you comfort and peace in the days to come. Psalm 91:11

Jeanette was a wonderful women. When we were adopted into Annie Morrison family she gave me my first doll. it was one she had for yrs. I thought the world of her. Even loved her boys: lanney and sammy. May her and mama have a wonderful time in heaven. Prayers to the family.