Doris C. Groves
Doris C. Groves, 86, passed away on November 8, 2019, in Rainelle, West Virginia, where she had lived most of her life. She remained healthy and an active member of the community until three weeks prior to her death, when she suffered a heart attack.

Doris was born on May 2, 1933, at Crawley, West Virginia. She was the second child of the late George and Beulah Shafer. Their first child and Doris's older sister, Ruth Shafer, was developmentally disabled. Doris became Ruth's primary caregiver after their parents' death. Ruth passed away at the age of 87 last year. Doris's survivors include her younger sister and only other sibling, Joanne Schwirian of Philippi, West Virginia. Doris and Joanne were very close. They talked every day and spent a great deal of time together. Joanne was constantly by Doris's side during the time leading up to her death.

Doris graduated from Rainelle High School in 1951. She married George Edgar Adkins, Sr., a Rainelle native, the following year. Doris and George had three children prior to their divorce in 1972. Their first child, Marsha, was born in California while George was attending the U.S. Department of Defense's Language Institute in Monterey as part of his U.S. Army service. Upon the completion of George's training, they moved back to Rainelle and had two sons, George Edgar, Jr. (always known as Eddie) and Mark.

Doris married Everett H. "Bud" Groves in 1990. Doris adored Bud, and they remained very happily married until his death in 2002.

As a young adult, Doris worked at G.C. Murphy Company, a department store in Rainelle. It was there that she discovered her love for working with the public. She later left the workforce in order to devote her full-time attention to raising her children. She eventually returned to the retail industry and became the manager of Aide's Dollar Store in Rainelle. She had many loyal customers due to her great affection for people and her fun-loving personality. Over the years, she told countless stories about how much fun she had working at the store. She developed a strong relationship with the store's owners, Randy and Andy Pendleton, whose devotion to her was evidenced by their daily visits in the days leading up to her death. As they stood at her bedside, they recalled telling her how to go about various tasks at the store. She would nod in agreement, but after they left, would do things her own way - "a better way than ours," according to them.

Doris was very active in the community throughout her life. She had a great deal of energy and was always on the move. Her activities included holding many positions over the years at the First Baptist Church of Rainelle. She had a particular passion for the church's food pantry ministry, and in later years, enjoyed being part of the decorating committee. She served on the local library board for several years and was active in county politics. She also devoted significant time to visiting residents and volunteering at Meadow Garden, a nursing home in Rainelle. She enjoyed traveling with family members during her retirement years, including trips to France, Germany, Greece, Israel and Italy, and to various states, including California, Hawaii, New York and Washington.

A sad chapter in Doris's life began in 2012, when her daughter, Dr. Marsha Mead of Bluefield, Virginia, passed away at the age of 59. Both of Doris's sons, Eddie and Mark, survive her. Eddie resides in Washington, DC, and Mark resides in Daniels, West Virginia. Eddie and Mark remember Doris as a very loving and caring mother who always encouraged them by celebrating their accomplishments. She was very proud of the fact that all three of her children earned advanced college degrees and went on to have successful careers.

Doris loved and cherished her family. In addition to Eddie and Mark, she is survived by Marsha's husband, Art Mead; Eddie's husband, Jeff Mendell; and Mark's wife, Marsha. Doris took particular delight in her grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom survive her. They include Marsha's three children: Rachel Archer-Collins of Gallatin, Tennessee; Matthew Archer of Yorktown, Virginia; and Laura Mead Aylor of Christiansburg, Virginia. They also include Eddie's daughter, Jeanie Crawford-Adkins, of Washington, DC, and Mark's son, Zachary Adkins, of Columbus, Ohio. Additional survivors include Rachel's husband, Chris, and their two children, Madeline and Logan; Matthew's wife, Meredith, and their three children, Madison, Hayden and Gavin; Laura's husband, Josh, and their two children, Josiah and Xander; Jeanie's wife, Maggie Crawford-Adkins; and Zachary's fiancé, Savanna Hall. Doris invested time traveling to the homes of her grandchildren, always making herself available to take care of a sick child or watch the kids so the parents could travel. Her grandchildren have often remarked about the rare gift they had in their relationship with her. She was a loving and consistently present figure in the lives of her family, including her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Additional survivors include Doris's nephew, David Schwirian and his wife, Debbie, of Charleston, West Virginia; her niece, Terri Schwirian Coleman and her husband, Terry, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia; and her former daughter-in-law, Cindy Adkins of Washington, DC.

Doris is also survived by two individuals who were very special to her - so special that she requested that they be included in her obituary. The first is Heather Delozier of Rainelle who lived with Doris for many years, continuing until Doris's death. Doris was Heather's official guardian, and Doris affectionately referred to her as "my adopted granddaughter." The other individual is Dave Carr of Rainelle, a long-time family friend whom Doris referred to as "like a son to me."

Doris's family and friends will gather to celebrate her life on Saturday, November 16, at the Rainelle Chapel of Wallace & Wallace at 283 Main Street. Doris loved celebrations and parties, so everyone is encouraged to attend. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon. At noon, the family will lead a service to share how much Doris meant to them, and because Doris loved music so much, there will be ample music. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the Christian Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Rainelle, 345 7th Street. Everyone is invited to the luncheon. Doris wanted the celebration of her life to continue during the luncheon by having friends who are musicians share their talents during the luncheon. To honor this request, the family encourages musicians to come prepared to participate in the luncheon celebration. After the luncheon, friends and family will travel to Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, where Doris will be buried beside her late husband, Bud. At Doris's request, the route from Rainelle to the cemetery will be via James River & Kanawha Turnpike to Crag and "over the mountain," as she referred to it.

Doris's family welcomes flowers for the service as an expression of affection for her. For those who wish to make a charitable contribution in her memory, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Rainelle, 347 7th Street, Rainelle, West Virginia, 25962, and designated for the food pantry.

Rest in peace, Doris C. Groves, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many.
Published on November 11, 2019


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Nov 14, 2019
Lovely One Spathiphyllum Plant was purchased for the family of Doris C. Groves.  Send flowers
Misti Mukherjee
Nov 14, 2019
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Nov 13, 2019
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Arthena Goddard
Nov 12, 2019
Doris was a dear friend and neighbor when we were young. After I moved to Washington state we didn’t see much of each other, but kept in touch by phone. I visited her in WV occasionally and she also came to Washington to visit me. She will be missed.
Karen Boggs Ketterman
Nov 12, 2019
Eddie, Mark and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your Mom from our early days of growing up and coming to play with Marsha on Osborne Addition. She was always very kind. May the peace that only God can bring be overwhelmingly present as you walk thrpugh this part of your journey. Prayers and blessings.
Ward Hillyer
Nov 12, 2019
Eddie, I am sorry for you and your families loss.
suzanne g reynolds
Nov 11, 2019
Just had to share these precious memories...
Barbara Wilson
Nov 11, 2019
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Barbara Wilson
Nov 11, 2019
My sister, Martha Norcross, and I had a nice visit with Doris and Heather on May 26, 2017. My paternal grandparents used to live in Doris’s home. She was soooo sweet to let us look around and have a visit down memory lane. She had a beautiful memorial to Marsha set up on a tabletop. She spoke so lovingly about Marsha but the details of her passing were sad but I think it helped Doris to talk about it. After that we talked and caught up with all the recent happenings. What a good memory! What a wonderful lady!
Suzanne & Gene Reynolds
Nov 11, 2019
We will be with you in spirit and in love, celebrating a wonderful woman who was a treasure to so many people. We are grateful to have known her! Sending our deepest condolences to all the family.
Timothy "TJ" Fields
Nov 11, 2019
Sending your family warm thoughts and condolences :)