OBITUARY

Samuel Eugene Grove

November 9, 1935June 9, 2019

Samuel Eugene Grove, 83, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Shenandoah Hospice House.

Born November 9, 1935, the only child of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Grove.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his faithful canine companion, Ali.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Hope Pullen; his beloved children: son, Samuel Gilbert Grove; daughter, Rachel Augusta Grove; son-in-law, Kyle Thomsen; and little granddaughter, Ardis Hope Grove-Thomsen who was a joy in her Papaw’s life; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dwight and Karen Pullen, Pam Crawford, John and Renae Hoffman and Jimmy and Janis Rule; nieces and nephews, Jamie Rule, Jake (Bojana) Rule, Sarah Hoffman, Julia (Taylor) Jennings, Hank Hoffman, Emma Hoffman, Norman (Julie Ann) Pullen, Cynthia (Leonard) Taylor, Rebecca Pullen, Eric Crawford, Maria Crawford; great nieces and nephews, Stefan and Ana Rule, Logan and Lucy Pullen, and Mason Taylor; cousin, Eugene Grove; and special friends, Robert W. Gray III, Joe Moyer, Bobby Moyer, Leonard Lynch, Buddy Hullett, Al McKechnie, and Bill Darrach whom he loved like brothers.

Sam was a member of Waynesboro High School Class of 1953. He was a proud alumni of Roanoke College Class of 1957 where he was a Kappa Alpha. While at Roanoke College, he operated one of the world’s smallest radio stations set up for the benefit of students in Wells Hall. Following graduation from Roanoke College, he attended Duke University until enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was a Private First Class. He taught Biology, U.S. History, Sociology, Consumer Economics, General Science and World History in Vance County, NC for five years. In 1965 he returned to Waynesboro to teach eighth grade history at Kate Collins Junior High School, later becoming the Audio Visual Administrator for Waynesboro Public Schools. He retired in June of 1998 with 38 years of service in Education.

He was a lifetime member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Sam was a former member of the Fishersville Ruritan Club, and the Elks and Kiwanis of Waynesboro. He was a member of Basic City Lodge No. 29, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was made a Master Mason in 1962 and had served as Worshipful Master of Lee Lodge No. 209, like his father before him. Sam was a fifty-year Mason. He was a member of Waynesboro Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 2, where he served as High Priest; a member of Stevenson Commandery No. 8, K.T. and served as Eminent Commander; a member of Valley Council No. 56 Allied Masonic Degrees and served as Sovereign Master. He was a Knight, York Cross of Honor in King Darius Council. Sam was a former member of the Shriners. He enjoyed being a member of the Plumb House Gang, the Thursday Morning Breakfast Group and the Retired Educators Breakfast Group. He loved baseball, big band and bluegrass music, watching “B” westerns, fishing, and of course, fellowship with friends. He will be remembered for his quick wit, generous spirit, honesty, patriotism and dedication to his church and Masonic organizations.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 500 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro with Pastor Paul Pingel officiating. Inurnment with Masonic rites will follow in Augusta Memorial Park.

Those desiring may make memorial donations to Augusta Health Foundation, c/o Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 1000, Fishersville, VA 22939 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his faithful canine companion, Ali.

    He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Hope Pullen; his beloved children: son, Samuel Gilbert Grove; daughter, Rachel Augusta Grove; son-in-law, Kyle Thomsen; and little granddaughter, Ardis Hope Grove-Thomsen who was a joy in her Papaw’s life; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dwight and Karen Pullen, Pam Crawford, John and Renae Hoffman and Jimmy and Janis Rule; nieces and nephews, Jamie Rule, Jake (Bojana) Rule, Sarah Hoffman, Julia (Taylor) Jennings, Hank Hoffman, Emma Hoffman, Norman (Julie Ann) Pullen, Cynthia (Leonard) Taylor, Rebecca Pullen, Eric Crawford, Maria Crawford; great nieces and nephews, Stefan and Ana Rule, Logan and Lucy Pullen, and Mason Taylor; cousin, Eugene Grove; and special friends, Robert W. Gray III, Joe Moyer, Bobby Moyer, Leonard Lynch, Buddy Hullett, Al McKechnie, and Bill Darrach whom he loved like brothers.
  • DONATIONS

  • Augusta Health Foundation, c/o Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 1000, Fishersville, VA 22939 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 14, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating, Inurnment

Memories

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Bob Jenkins

June 12, 2019

Sam was one hell of a person ; I worked for Sam for five years and I learned a lot from him (taught him a few as well!!) I was almost always broke back then and he would say" lets go get some pizza and a root beer " I'm buying , so of course we went !! We used to record high school football to play back on a cable channel and a local radio DJ would call the plays to be recorded along with the video but one game the DJ couldn't be there so Sam's friend Bobby and I called the game , it was almost hilarious we did such a crummy job!! We used to play the video back and the DJ would interview the coach or just go over the game , one night we were live on air(cable) and the janitor walked in , put his elbow on the corner of the set and said" boy you sure have a lot of lights on in here !! This was in a small little studio we used at Adelphia cable now Comcast offices so you could here everything and Sam kicked the trash can out of the control room door and started cussing the man who took off in a hurry !! Sam and I did have an occasion some years ago to meet and share a beer at Ed's in Waynesboro (I could afford to buy !!) like we used to occasionally usually while waiting to see if the High school graduation would be rained out because we would have to have video into the auditorium for spill over folks . We vowed to meet more often but didn't and I'm very sorry for that . The last time I saw him was in his old car having ice cream at the little place across from the high school . He took care of his parents until their end and few men can say that .One more thing , Sam told me at work one day that his car was leaking gas so I went to look and it was a pretty good stream coming out . I went to Fisher auto parts and bought some epoxy mix together sealer and put it the hole and in a short time it quit leaking , I told him it's only temporary !! Several years later Sam took the old car to my brother to replace some upholstery in it and the epoxy was still there !!

Dennis Shifflett

June 12, 2019

During the '70 - '71 school year I was in Mr. Grove's eighth grade history class. The profound impact he made on my life can not be understated. He gave me my love of history that lives on to this day. He not only taught me history, but structure and discipline. I often speak of "my history teacher" and when I do, I always mean, Mr. Grove.

Arthur J. Hullett III

June 12, 2019

So many special memories....I taught with Sam for many years @ KCJH as part of a wonderful faculty & staff where discipline & respect was as important as content . Being a perfectionist, Sam was always well-prepared to teach & Sam's notes were always typed & the key terms & questions that he would ask his students were underlined in red.
Early Saturday mornings were always reserved for fishing at Sherando Lake as Russell Grimm, Alvin Johnson, Sam & I would often bring back our limit of trout while Sam's mom would be waiting for us to start dinner. She once slammed the door on us when we arrived empty-handed.
Sam may at times looked a tad grumpy, but underneath that appearance was a pussycat who cared so much for so many people at school, at church and at the Masonic
Lodge.
Sam will be missed by so many but I think that we can all agree he made our lives richer by far. Sam, you were a true friend & I will never forget the impact you had on my life.

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