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In Memory Of Our Poets

Frank Leon Grove, Jr. (1931-2014) - Class Of 1949

Frank Leon Grove, Jr., a lifelong resident of Montgomery, died on October 31st after complications from Parkinson's disease. He was born on April 20, 1931, and was the son of Elizabeth Schall Grove and Frank Leon Grove, Sr. He was proceeded in death by his sister, Nina Ruth Cottrell of Clearwater, FL.

Frank attended the University of Alabama and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Upon graduation from college, he joined the U.S.M.C., and shortly after married Norma Carroll Weiss. Together they had four children, Carroll Grove Penton, Montgomery, AL.; Frank Leon Grove, III (Debbie), Macon, GA.; Elizabeth Grove Carraway (John), Birmingham, AL.; and Vivian Grove Palmer (Michael), Millbrook, AL.

He pursued a career in the insurance business and was active until his retirement at age 75. He loved his contact with people in his work and kept up with many clients, particularly the Montgomery firefighters, until his death.

He was an avid sports fan and especially loved Alabama football. He was a devoted member of Frazer United Methodist Church where he served as an usher and looked forward to his work on the breakfast team. He was involved in many Bible studies and various groups but was most fond of the "ROMEOS" (Retired Old Men Eating Out) where he developed dear friends who followed him throughout his illness.

He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Simeon Franklin Penton, III, Atlanta, GA; Annie Elizabeth Grove, University of South Carolina; Caroline Beatty Grove, Birmingham-Southern College; Norma Carroll Penton, Montgomery, AL.; Frances Vivian Carraway, Birmingham, AL.; and Vivian Rachel Palmer, Millbrook, AL.

Frank's love, humor, and friendship will be missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held at Leak Memory Chapel on Tuesday, November 4th at 11:00 with visitation with the family at 10:00 and a graveside service following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at www.LEAK-MC.com.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Nov. 2, 2014.