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Richard W. Grooms Sr., 78, of Dalton, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
He was born on March 6, 1939. Richard was a volunteer firefighter for Station 8 in Whitfield County for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Grooms; daughter, Donna Grooms; mother, Gladys Grooms; father, Otto Grooms; brothers, John Grooms and Joe Grooms.
He is survived by his children and their spouses; Crystal LaBar of Tennessee, Sharon and Carl Jackson Bradford of Georgia, Richard and Stacy Grooms Jr. of Georgia, Debbie King of Alabama, Tammy and Rick Beavers of Georgia; one brother and two sisters and their spouses, Barbara and Donald Jackson Sr. of Georgia, Margaret and Ken Pilkington of Tennessee, Tom and Sarah Grooms of Georgia; grandkids, Christopher and Kaila Slade, Jordan Jackson, Dylan and Shari Grooms, Yessenia Grooms, Justin Jackson, Brandy Bradford, Amanda and David Waits, Whitney Smith, Charlie Greeson, Anthony Beavers, Heather and Matthew Salvador, Brandon Bradford; great-grandchildren; Nicholas Slade, Emily Slade, Peyton Hollifield, Emma Grooms, Arabelle Grooms, Wyatt Greeson, Madison Salvador, Mathew Salvador; many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the nurses at Hamilton Hospice for providing care with their whole heart; Ann at social services; Tyler Gilreath and the Church of Christ; and Ken Shelton for his support.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Richard W. Grooms Sr. is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Church of Christ, 2218 Riverbend Road, Dalton, with Pastor Tyler Gilreath officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to independently owned and operated Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Ave., Dalton; (706) 529-5371.
Published on September 14, 2017
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