THEBES, Ill. -- Clyde E. Groves, 85, died June 3, 2005, at his home.
Born Oct. 22, 1919, in McClure, son of the late Ephraim and Mary Elizabeth Rhymer Groves, he was a tri-state district supervisor with Martin Oil Co. of St. Louis from 1934 to 1965. He moved to Van Nuys, Calif., in 1965 and back to Thebes in 1966. He was a manager with Star Oil Co. in Cape Girardeau until he retired, and then was caretaker many years at Lindsey Cemetery in McClure until 2003. He was a member, deacon and trustee of Trinity Free Pentecostal Church at Charleston, Mo. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
His first wife, Reba Orpha McIntosh, preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 1947.
He and Irlene Genevieve Farley were married in April 1947, and she died Nov. 12, 2003.
Survivors include: one daughter, Joyce Kaye Sampels of Woodburn, Ore.; two sons, David Groves of Thebes and Don Groves of Van Nuys; three sisters, Bertha Benefield of McClure, Freda Derden of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lucille Theise of Dongola, Ill.; and four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, two sisters and an infant brother.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau from 4 to 8 p.m. today, where services will be at 1 p.m. Monday.
The Rev. Wendall Farley will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at Charleston, with full military honors by Missouri Honors Team.