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05/01/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Nelson Groom

Nelson J. Groom Sr.
(d. 28 Apr 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
 
 We have more sad news to report.   
 Nelson Groom, husband of    Faith Strickland Groom ('64) of VA, passed away suddenly at home in Gloucester on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at the age of 67. 


       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/30/09 - "Death of Nelson Groom, Sr.":

Carol,

By now you may have seen the small DN in the DP.....

  Faith (Strickland Groom - '64 - of VA) called me this morning to tell me what had happened. It was a heart attack at home. She found him in the bedroom.

Understandably, she is deeply in grief, but family and church are with her.

She asked me to call the other members of the reunion committee to tell them.....

She said a larger obit with service and interment details would appear soon.....

Dave

   Oh, NO!!!  No, David, I'd missed this, so thanks so much for letting me know.  If you talk to Faith again, please pass along my deepest condolences.  This was a real shocker.


From the Daily Press - 04/30/09:  

          Nelson J. Groom Sr.

  GLOUCESTER - Nelson J. Groom Sr., 67, died at his home unexpectedly April 28, 2009. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at http://www.dailypress.com/guestbooks.  


From the Daily Press - 05/01/09:  

          Nelson J. Groom Sr.

    GLOUCESTER - Nelson J. Groom Sr., a native of Linden, Tenn., died at his home unexpectedly April 28, 2009, at the age of 67.

Nelson moved to the Hampton area in 1963 and began his career with NASA, as an Electronic Engineer in Control Systems. He was one of the original developers of the Left-Ventricular Heart Pump engineered at University of Pittsburgh, retiring from NASA in 2001. In 1964, he met and married the "love of his life," Faith Strickland, and in 1975 they moved to Gloucester, where they made their home.

Nelson was a multi faceted individual with many interests. His paramount interest was his relationship with his God, his family and the joy of his neighbors. He was an avid Redskin fan and enjoyed having monthly bonfires with his best friend and neighbor, Doug Blaha, where politics, Redskin dealings, and life in general were shared.

 
Nelson J. Groom Sr.
 


His father, William F. Groom, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 44 wonderful years, Faith S. Groom; daughters, Kelly G. Dumire and husband, Scott, Sharon F. Groom; son, Nelson J. Groom Jr.; mother, Olivia D. Groom; sister, Carol G. Barber and husband, Roger; and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009, at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Services, officiated by M. Lloyd Weaver Jr., Jeffrey A. Deel and Eric Musser, will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at Huntington Mennonite Church, 785 Harpersville Road, Newport News. Interment will be in Warwick River Mennonite Church Cemetery, 250 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Nelson's memory to Huntington Mennonite Church, 785 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester Point,
www.hoggfh.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at http://www.dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from 4/30/2009 - 5/2/2009.
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April 30, 2009

Faith and Nelson, Jr.,
We don't know what to say, I'm sorry seems so inadequate. We just found out about Nelson and we can't believe it. We are so very sorry and you know we will do anything we possibly can to help you in any way we can. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
We love you,

Bob and Linda Murray


April 30, 2009
 

Dear Groom Family,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss of a precious loved one. I send prayer and hugs to you all. Keep faith and draw strength from each other. It will get you through the most unbelievable times. My heart goes out to You,
Rachel (Alexander) Garrett
 
~ Rachel Garrett, Gloucester, Virginia
 

April 30, 2009
 

Dear Faith and Nelson,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely,

Kaye and family
 
~ Kaye Bates, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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April 30, 2009
 

Faith,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and Nelson have always been part of our extended family. My heart and my prayers are with you and your children during this most difficult time.
 
~ Lori Whalen, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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April 30, 2009
 

Faith, I am in shock at the news about Nelson. He was so healthy and vibrant. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the NNHS Class of '64 is here to help in any way we can.
 
~ Sandi Williams Patrick, Williamsburg, Virginia
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April 30, 2009
 

Faith, I am so sorry to hear about Nelson. Such a shock when we have seen him so recently and he looked so great. I pray God gives you strength. It is rare to find a husband who is also such a wonderful friend. My prayers are with you.

Cookie
 
~ Margaret Tyndall, Seaford, Virginia
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April 30, 2009

Little Sister, I was so shocked to hear about Nelson. I will always have wonderful memories of joyful times we had with you guys especially the early ones. Our prayers go out to you, Kelly, Sharon and Nelson jr. You will always be in our thoughts.

~ Your brother, Waynesboro, Virginia

 

May 1, 2009
 

Dear Faith, Although it's been a long time since I have seen you; I want you to know that you touched my life in a special way and I will always love you for the time you took with me. I remember the hours you spent on sewing dresses. Nelson was so patient. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
 
~ Kay Raynor Lewis, Marion, Ohio
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May 1, 2009
 

Faith,

We are so sorry to hear about Nelson, Sr. Our prayers are with you, Nelson Jr., Sharon and Kelly.
 
~ Melinda & Heather Mericle, Norfolk, Virginia
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May 1, 2009

Faith and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Nelson's passing. I worked with him at NASA over 25 years ago. Very nice guy. Also, my son, Brett, works with your son. Our prayers are with you all during such a difficult time.

Debby Livingston
 


May 1, 2009

Faith, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Charlie Snead, Hendersonville, North Carolina

 


May 1, 2009

Faith, I was deeply saddened by Nelson's passing. Not only was he a devoted and loving husband to you, but, over the years, he had become a true friend and honorary member of the NNHS Class of 1964. We will all miss him.

Dave

~ David Spriggs, Norfolk, Virginia
 


May 1, 2009
 

Dear Faith & Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Rachel just let me know & I am shocked like everyone else. I know that mere words are inadequate. I have been remembering all the great times while raising our families. Know you are in my thoughts & prayers. I pray God will strengthen you and cover you in His Protection and wrap you in His Love.
 
~  Marie Alexander Kehoe, Hayes, Virginia
 

May 1, 2009
 

Faith, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Nelson. It has been many years since I have seen you. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
 
~  Brenda Davis English, Fairway, Kansas
 

May 1, 2009

Dearest Faith, I can only imagine what you are going through at this time. I pray that you can feel the love of God surrounding you and your family. We share your sorrow. Your NNHS 64 Family.

~ Linda Lane, Williamsburg
, Virginia

 

May 1, 2009
 

Dear Faith and family: My love and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet Nelson and have both of you visit in our home. You can take heart that you made his life happy as you were so devoted to each other. I was happy to provide you with the N.N.H.S. yearbook that your mother never received.
In Sympathy, Fred and Patty Mays
 
~ Fred Mays, Newport News, Virginia
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May 2, 2009

 Faith, my heart is breaking for you and your family and especially for your children. You are in my thoughts...always.

~ Pat Harvey, Newport News,
 Virginia

 

May 2, 2009
 

Faith
I am so sorry to learn of the death of Nelson. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him at our neighborhood reunion we had. You and A.D. have always seemed like brother and sister to me. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Glenn Dye
 
~ Glenn Dye, Grand Prairie, Texas
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   Our deepest condolences are extended to Faith and her family and friends at this difficult time.


   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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How Can I Keep From Singing?

Words and Music by Robert Wadsworth Lowry, 1860
(12 Mar 1826 - 25 Nov 1899)
 

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?


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