Orville Gene Groves

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mr. Orville Gene Groves, age 78, of Rector, Ark., passed away on December 7, 2016, at his home. Born September 14, 1938, in Broken Arrow, Okla., he was the son of the late Ed and Laura (Sutton) Groves and was of the Baptist faith.

Gene, otherwise known as a "Drifter" was one of few men left in the Boydsville community to talk on his CB radio nightly. He always enjoyed catching up with everyone at the end of the day to talk weather or everyone's daily adventurers. Mr. Groves proudly served his country in the United States Marines and he loved spending time with his son and grandsons at the 40 to hunt, fish or drive his Kabota and stop to pose for pictures on the game camera.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Groves of the home; one son, Mike Groves and wife Erin of Rector, Ark.; one brother, Cecil Groves and Irene of Kingman, Ariz.; two sisters, Marie Reed and Lavern of Corning, Ark. and Lucy Ellis of Rector, Ark.; two grandchildren, Colton and Garrett Groves; two great-grandsons, Jace, to be born in March and another one on the way. Mr. Groves also leaves a host of other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Arlie "Bud" Groves and three sisters, Mildred Davis, Ruby Dale and Opal Wright.

Services were held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the True Light Baptist Church in McDougal, Ark. Military honors were performed by the United States Marine Corps at 3 p.m. at the church. The family requested a private disposition.

Faith Funeral Service of Manila, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.

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