Jett Carter Groves

July 9, 1928November 20, 2013

Jett Carter Groves, age 85, died November 20,2013 from complications of a brain tumor. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Irving M. Groves, Jr. of the home. She was born July 9th, 1928 in Martinsville, VA, graduated from Martinsville High School and attended Longwood University. Groves’s community involvement was extensive. She was past president and sustaining member of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County. When Groves was president of the Charity League, polio was a major problem. According to a story in the Martinsville Bulletin on Sept. 4, 2011, Groves said she “would go down in history as having spent the most money as the organization provided 3,120 local children with polio vaccinations during her term.” She was life-long and active member of First United Methodist Church having served on numerous committees, including the Administrative Board, the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the Lunch Bunch and was a past president, secretary, treasurer and current courtesy chairman of the Wesley Guild. As an avid reader, she was a past president, secretary, treasurer and current courtesy chairman of Wednesday Book Club, one of the oldest continuously operating book clubs in the area. Additionally, she was a past member of the Garden Study Club; was on the organizing committee of King’s Grant; served as vice chairman of the United Way and was appointed by Governor John Dalton to serve on the citizen advisory committee overseeing furnishing and decorating the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. Jett was also member of Carolyn’s Ceramics where her artistic white hand-painted pieces were coveted. She was also proud president of the Supper Club. Groves actively supported community organizations including The Boys and Girl’s Club, Theatre Works, Piedmont Arts, Patrick Henry Community College and numerous other civic and fund raising activities. At the age of nine, Jett was elected mascot of the Virginia American Legion. She attended the National Convention of Legionaries in New York and held the distinction of being the only female in attendance at the banquet. She led the Virginia delegation down 5th Avenue in the annual American Legion parade. According to a September 22, 1937 story in the Martinsville Bulletin, “She was the darling of the convention.” She lived a full life and a life full of faith, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and George Carter, and two sisters, Virginia “Jingle” Carter Fulcher and Mary Prillaman Carter Meyers. Surviving in addition to her husband, are three children, Irving Minter Groves, III of Dallas Texas, Jett Groves Wood (Reed) of Williamstown, West Virginia and Mattie Groves Sheppard (Steve) of Martinsville; six grandchildren: Vaughn Heilman, Claiborne Linville (Darren), Mollie Blankenship, Jeremiah Wood, Micah Wood and A.J. Hice.; and three great grand-daughters. A brother, George Amos Carter of Atlanta, Ga. and a sister, Evelyn Carter Wood of Columbia, S.C, also survives her. A graveside service will be held at 10:00a.m on Saturday, November 23 at Oakwood Ceremony followed by a celebration of her life at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ron Mateer and Keith Ritchie officiating. A reception will follow at Chatmoss Country Club. The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church from 5-7 p.m. on Friday November 22. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 146 E. Main St.,Martinsville, Virginia 24112 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. McKee-Stone Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To express condolences on line, please visit


  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 23, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

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vincent puccio

November 24, 2013

Jett was a kind-hearted lady and always brought a bit of light and joy when one visited with her. We will always remember her many acts of kindness as our thoughts and prayers are extended to Irving and family.

Lew Hege

November 23, 2013

My sincere sympathy to Irving and the Groves family in the passing of a gracious and giving lady, Jett. Jett and Irving's support of Martinsville's charities, including the Boy Scouts, have had a positive effect on the lives of so many youth. May God bless.

Patsy Draper

November 22, 2013

I was saddened by the news of Jett's death. She was a high school friend, a lovely person, and a real community leader.

Tammy and David Stone

November 22, 2013

We are so sorry for the loss of such a loving person in Jett. She was always positive and had a kind word for everyone. Her memory will endeavor through her children, grandchildren, and great-granchildren. Much love to all.

Carolyn & Chip Lackey

November 22, 2013

Irving, we have known both you and Jett for many, many years and also worked for you for many, many years. Together you both represented the foundation not only of PTB but also of Martinsville-Henry County. We are so sorry for the loss of Jett but know that you will find comfort in the shining of her star which cannot be extinguished.

Ted Balabanis

November 22, 2013

Our sincere sympathies and love.

Ted & Ruby Balabanis & Family

Myra & Jim Stegall

November 22, 2013

For nearly 35 years, Jett and Mr. G were
treasured neighbors and friends. Jett's presence, whether because of hurts or happiness, brought a basket of love to our door. She possessed a spunk that lifted us and a sense of humor that never dimmed. Despite her tiny physical stature, she had a big heart that never stopped giving the greatest of all gifts and the most powerful thing in this world -- love. Thank you, Jett, for your example of giving and love.

Courtney Edwards

November 22, 2013

There is a big hole in a lot of hearts tonight with the passing of our earthly angel Jett. My prayers are with her family at this hard time. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Heidi Flythe

November 22, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Mat. She was a loving and lovely lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jay Brande

November 21, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss...Jett was always so much fun to be around, and I know she loved her family dearly.