Ida Arrowood Groover, 86, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, Tuesday, December 14, 2021, while under the care of hospice.
Ida was born in Burnsville, North Carolina, on June 13, 1935, the daughter of Floyd and Bertha Arrowood. At the age of three the family moved to Irwin, Tennessee, and three years later to Jonesboro, Tennessee, where she grew up. Ida attended Lamar school, Jonesboro, throughout her time of education. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class in June, 1953. Ida loved going to school and was actually on the honor roll of each class. In her senior year, she was recruited by the FBI to work at the Washington, DC, headquarters.
Arriving in Washington, DC, Ida was assigned to the Card Index Section of the identification Division where she enjoyed working until she resigned in December 1954.
While working for the FBI, Ida met her future husband Clyde Groover who was also a FBI employee. They left the FBI and Washington in December 1954 and returned to Clyde’s home in Hinesville, Georgia, where he became a policeman. While in Hinesville, their first daughter, Karen, was born. In March 1955 Ida and her family moved to Savannah where Clyde again worked for the FBI. From Savannah they moved to Richmond, Virginia, where their second daughter, Donna, was born. After Richmond they were transferred to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York, New York, and back to Washington, DC. During these years of moving around Clyde traveled a great deal and Ida was responsible for raising their two daughters in large part.
After returning to Washington, Ida worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office from which she retired in the mid-1990’s.
Ida and Clyde built a home in Hayes, Virginia, where they lived for 20 years before moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. They also bought a home in Bradenton, Florida, to which they traveled from Williamsburg every six months. Ida loved all the places she lived over the years and all the great friends she made. She was always active in their churches wherever she lived. Although she had a number of serious medical problems during the latter years, she was always positive. Ida loved her family with all of her heart and she will be missed dearly by them all.
Ida is survived by her husband, Clyde Groover; her two daughters, Karen and Donna Groover and many beloved extended family members.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Flemington.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Hinesville Cemetery.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home, Flemington, is handling arrangements.