George Allen Groves went to be with his Lord when he was taken by cancer on November 14th, 2017 in Muskogee, OK with his family by his side. George was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Ethel Groves on January 25, 1947. He was half Cherokee and proud member of the Cherokee tribe.
George married his one and only love, Vivian Leflore, on May 10, 1968. They were married for 37 wonderful years until her passing on July 2, 2005. Before her passing, they loved to take impromptu trips, only deciding where they were going well after they left home. He is survived by his son Bryan and wife Cheryl Groves of Yukon, OK and his daughter Jani and husband Shawn Reheard of Muskogee, OK. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Roman, Kayla, Seth, Hunter, Skylar and Ranger, great grandchildren: Kota, Kenai, Elijah, and Olivia. George was a dedicated and loving father and grandfather.
George grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated high school in 1965. Shortly after high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. where during combat he was severely injured in Vietnam, which should have limited him for the rest of his life. Instead he met his disabilities head on, never letting them get in the way of anything he wanted to do. He received three Purple Hearts and was medically discharged from the USMC in 1968. George was an outstanding Marine. He spent two years recovering from his injuries, and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from NSU and a Master's degree from OSU. He worked for 30 years for the Bureau of Indian Affairs where he was an education counselor in Dallas, Tulsa, and finally retiring from Oklahoma State University Technical Okmulgee. He loved the Lord with all his heart and attended Timothy Baptist Church.
He was an outdoorsman at heart. He especially loved hunting and fishing. Earlier in his life he was an avid quail hunter and was extremely proud of his bird dogs; especially his Britanny Spaniel- Mindy. He was also an enthusiastic fisherman, taking many trips to local and some far away lakes. The highlight was a memorable fishing trip to Ontario, Canada where northern pike and walleye were boated. There were probably more laughs than fish though. Later, he enjoyed going with his family to camp outs and boating and fishing trips. He never tired of fishing, even though with his disabled left arm it could be difficult and often times very painful. He never let his disabilities be an excuse for not going when the opportunity arose. He also looked forward to the annual deer hunts and an occasional pheasant hunt with his family.
George got his greatest joy from all his grandkids. He attended countless baseball games, football ball games, and birthday parties over the years, and any other function or event the grandkids had. He never missed anything. He enjoyed being with his family any chance he could. He took them fishing and hunting on many occasions. He loved his family more than anything else. His warm smile and love of life will not be forgotten.
Memorial contributions may be made to Timothy Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Sunday, 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Monday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Foster-Petering Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Timothy Baptist Church with Rev. Kelly Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Marines.
Services are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.
Published on November 18, 2017