Susan Groff Thomas

April 4, 1941February 7, 2021

Susan C. Groff Thomas died peacefully on February 7, 2021, just a few months shy of her 80th birthday. Susan was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Diller and Carolyn Groff, II. Susan received her undergraduate degree from American University; she then studied Radiologic Technology at George Washington University. In 1976, she moved to Greenville to teach in the Radiologic Technology program at Greenville Technical College and became the Director of the program. In 1978, Susan took the position as head of the Radiology Department at Shriners Hospital for Children. During her tenure as Director of Radiology, she was instrumental in helping to design and plan the layout for the Radiology Department at the new Shriners hospital that was being built. She retired in 2004 after 26 years of dedicated service. Susan was a dedicated Christian and described as a loving caring person who would do anything for anyone. Susan was a member of St. Matthews UMC and the UMW, where she volunteered and attended bible studies. Susan was an active member of the Eastern Star since 1979 and the Letter Carriers Auxiliary. Susan met her late husband, Robert Thomas while square dancing. They both were avid Clemson football fans and enjoyed spending time with their dogs at her beach house at Oak Island. Susan is survived by her brother, Diller B. Groff III (Katherine) of Louisville, KY, niece Pamela Groff Jones (Stephen) of Tampa, FL, Paul W. Groff (Amy) of Raleigh, NC., Step children Rick Thomas (Donna) of Greenville, S.C. and Teresa Wicks (David) of Greenville, S.C., 4 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren plus many great nieces and nephews. Services are scheduled to be held March 3, 2:00 PM at St. Matthew UMC, 701 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601, followed by a graveside committal which will be open to all. Due to limited sanctuary seating because of COVID, registration is required for attendance through the church website or by calling the church office at 864-242-1966. In lieu of flowers please donate to Shriner’s Hospital for Children-Greenville Unit, or to St. Matthew UMC on her behalf.


3 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

701 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601

3 March

Committal Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Woodlawn Memorial Park

1 Pine Knoll Drive
Greenville, SC 29609


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Ranae Thompson

February 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Susan's family and friends. I worked with Susan for several years before her retirement from Shriners. She was very committed to the hospital and caring for the children. Rest in peace dear lady; you will be missed.

Don Craig

February 15, 2021

Susan had a unique and beautiful smile. We worked together at Shriners Hospital for several years before her retirement. One year she bought Bob a special car for his birthday and many of us shared the joy of that event. I am sorry for her passing but as others have said, we will meet again. Rest in peace, Susan.

Kristin Thomas

February 13, 2021

I will miss my grandmother dearly. She use to take me all the time to plays and symphonies at the Peace Center. That made me into the person I am today. She will truly be missed!

Aenne Doughty

February 13, 2021

Susan was a very special person and a dear friend to me. Her sense of humor was infectious. I shall always miss her.

Teresa Wicks

February 13, 2021

Susan will be missed by so many including myself. She was my dear, sweet step mother. I have been blessed with her in my life for 39 years. I am so thankful that my Dad was able to spend his last 26 years with her. She was always there for anyone that just needed someone to talk to. Even though we weren't able to visit her, she was still there for us. The day I had to drop my husband off at the hospital, that was the last time I was able to talk to her. January 18th was the last time I was blessed to be able to talk to her and for that I will be eternally grateful. Susan, I will always miss our nightly conversations. Until we meet again in heaven, I love you!

Virginia Medlin

February 12, 2021

Susan was a dear friend and neighbor. My husband and I did things for her as she needed them. I enjoyed carrying her places to get groceries or her medicine and just sitting and talking to her.She enjoyed petting my dog Penny.

Merle Blevins

February 12, 2021

Susan was a very caring friend and would help anyway she could. I enjoyed taking her to her hair and nails appointments for the short time

Tami Huffstetler

February 9, 2021

So very sorry about your loss.
Susan was a very special person and someone I always considered a friend.
She was always so helpful to me over the years as one of her students at Greenville Tech and as an employee at Shriners Hospital.
She had a beautiful spirit and was genuine in her life.
Rest in peace Susan. You will be missed by so many.
God bless you and your family left behind.
With much sympathy,
Tami Huffstetler