Mary Lephiew Groves
Funeral Date: 10/17/2008

Obituary:
Mary Groves, age 94, of Rye, AR. died Wednesday October 15, at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, AR. Born April 28, 1914 in Bradley County, AR., a daughter of the late Marl C. Lephiew and Belva Clemmons Lephiew she was a homemaker, a retired employee of Jack Winter, Star City Shirt Factory, former reporter for the Cleveland County Herald and secretary-treasurer for 54 years of Union United Methodist Church of which she was a member. Mrs. Mary Groves was a great mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She helped raise her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She was a true testimony of a Christian through her ministry and love for all those blessed to have her in their lives. She married Fred Preston Groves May 12, 1932 and he died May 4, 1971. Also, preceding her in death was a son Larry Jervane Groves, daughters Gwenna Marcelle Huitt, Mary Jo Groves, brothers Veron Lephiew, Lavern Lephiew, sisters Lois Rowland and Jo Ann McNeil. Survivors are 1 daughter Neda Groves McLean and spouse T.F. “Mike”, Irving, Tx. 1 sister Elizabeth Taylor, Star City, AR., 4 grandchildren Kim Groves Nutt, Warren, AR., Tara Sappington, Coppell, Tx., Michael McLean, Irving, Tx., Mickey Todd McLean, Coppell, Tx. 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Friday October 17, Union United Methodist Church at Rye, AR. with Rev. Beth Perdue officiating. Eloise Tooke was organist, soloist were the Wilson Sisters and Phillip Young. Burial was in Union Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Phillip Young, Bill Young, Mike Young, Dewayne Tooke, Jackie Curry and Larry Huitt. Honorary pallbearers were Sam Mercer, R.D. Curry, J.M. Tooke, Joey Parker and Donald Doster. Memorials preferred Union United Methodist Church or Union Cemetery.

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Name: Patsy (Taylor) & Arnis Glover
Message: We are so sorry for you loss but your loss is heaven's gain. What a lady!

Name: Don and Eloise Hunter
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Name: Melissa Bradley-Hudspeth
Message: To the family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Mary, she was an inspiration to many of us, very kind and loving, she will be deeply missed in the community. I remember as a young girl going to her house, she was a very good cook.

Name: Travis Young
Message: Neda and Mike, I am sorry to hear about Miss Mary and know she will be missed. I have lots of great memories of her and your dad growing up.

Name: Toni Wilson Turchi
Message: Dear Neda, Mike and Children, An angel named, Janice was there to greet Miss Mary!! I was driving past the church, the cemetary and your mom's home a few weeks ago, on my way to Monticello and a voice whispered in my ear, that I needed to go see your mom. I didn't listen to mom asking me to go. I definitely missed out on saying good bye and that I loved her. I could always rely on her "complete and geniune love"! She was a good friend to mom and we appreciated it!! My sisters were honored to sing for your mother's service. I am sorry I was out of town. She was "nothing but love"!! My condolences to all! Toni

Name: Donna Green
Message: Dear Family, Thinking of you today and praying you will find peace and comfort from all the wonderful memories you have of Aunt Mary. Over the years when we would stop to visit her she would gather up all of the new pictures she had of her grandbabies and very proudly show them to us. The love she had for each of you was always present in her voice and heart. Aunt Mary was a wonderful woman and an excellant rollmodel for all of us. To each of you, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I love you.

Name: Robert and Julia Lephiew and Kids
Message: You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.

Name: Randy Nutt
Message: GG, I love miss you and Larry, may god welcome you both home. Randy Nutt