Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH


Don M Grooms

July 22, 1924February 5, 2012

Don M. Grooms, age 87, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 1:32 A.M. on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Don was born July 22, 1924 in Seaman, Ohio, to the late Harry A. & Lucia (Glasgow) Grooms. Don is survived by his wife, Betty L. (Caraway) Grooms whom he married August 28, 1948; son & daughter-in-law, David & Rosemary Grooms of San Diego, California; daughter, Roxanne Grooms of San Diego, California; grandsons, Justin, Tyler, Logan and Connor Grooms; brother, Wayne G. Grooms of Cleveland and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don is also preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Grooms; brother, Gordon Grooms; and a sister, Betty Webb. Don retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol where he was a State Trooper with 26 years of service. Don served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. He served on the Greenville City Council; served as Safety Director of Greenville and served on several Boards of the community. Don became a member of the Georgetown Masonic Lodge No. 72, Georgetown, Ohio, in 1962 and transferred his membership to Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143 in 1972. Don was a member of the Greenville Masonic Craft Club and was a Past President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Club; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, of which he was a 32nd Degree Mason; Antioch Shrine of Dayton; and the Darke County Shrine Club. Don was also a member of the Liars Club and Greenville Elks Lodge. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 East Fourth Street Greenville with Rev. Dr. John Person officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Cherry Fork Cemetery in Cherry Fork, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 6, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Greenville Masonic Lodge at 7:45 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Service and Liars Club Service. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital, Brethren Retirement Community Benevolent Fund or State of the Heart Hospice.


  • Visitation Monday, February 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Don M Grooms

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christy fisher

February 20, 2012

Betty, David, & Roxanne,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was out of state when I heard of Don's passing, so I regret not seeing all of you to share a hug. Know that I'm sending warm and comforting thoughts your way. May you have happy memories to cherish always.

Annie Sonner

February 17, 2012

Dear Betty, I am so sorry and know you will need a long adjustment period-so glad you have a great family to help you. I will see you soon and will be thinking of you. You did a great job!!! Annie Sonner.

February 12, 2012

Dear Betty,
I just found out today of Don's passing.
So sorry and sad that I missed it.
"You will in my prayers as I know what it will be like for you"

God Bless!
Darlene Shade

Dee and Tania (Lindemuth) Lam

February 11, 2012

Dear Dave and Family,
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 9, 2012

Betty, so sorry to hear about Don! I have such fond memories of you and Don both traveling with us on our trips from the bank. We had such good times and you both made our trips a pleasure to go on, I know you will miss him and so will a lot of other people. God Bless you and your family as Don rests in peace!
Jean Longfellow, Winchester, In

Charlotte & Karl Brown

February 8, 2012

Betty and family, so sorry for your loss Don was a good man. As a school bus driver would scare me to death with his hidden sudden inspections which he thought as very funny.always was on the look out for such,but loved every moment after I got to know what he was pulling May he rest in peace

Charlotte & Karl Brown

February 8, 2012

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

February 8, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

February 8, 2012

Dear Dave and family,

I was saddened to hear of your dads passing. I remember when we were neighbors on Oak Tree Drive. We will say a prayer for you and your dad and the rest of the family.

Glen Foutz

Larry & June Green

February 8, 2012


Our sympathy goes out to you & the family. Don was a pleasure to work with & a good man. He will be deeply missed. We have precious memories that will not fade. May God give you peace & understanding in the weeks ahead. Larry & June Green