Percy E. & Hattie Snyder Groves

"Close and Devoted"

Two Together In Death

Percy E. Groves 81 and Hattie Snyder Groves 83, husband and wife for longer than a half century, died within hours of each other at Erlanger Hospital.
The couple was described by a member of the family as being very close and devoted.  He said, "They did everything together"
Mr. Groves worked for Southern Railway System for 45 years.  His wife never worked.  She said she stayed home "to look after my railroad man".
Mrs. Groves suffered a broken hip and entered Erlanger Hospital on April 19.  Mr. Groves developed blood poisoning in his foot and entered the hospital on April 25.  His leg was amputated Monday and he died that night.  Mrs. Groves , never told of her husbands death, took a sudden turn for the worse shortly after he died.  She died at 7 a.m.  Dual services for the East Ridge couple will be held Friday.  Turner Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.  They are survived by a son, Jake Groves, East Ridge, granddaughter, Mrs. Wanda Ratliff, East Ridge, a grandson, Alan Groves, Ringgold, and a great-granddaughter Miss Teresa Ratliff, East Ridge.  Mr. Groves is survived by a sister, Mrs. Nellie Outlaw, Goldsboro, N.C.  Mrs. Groves is survived  by a number of nieces and nephews. 
The couple met and married in Gallion Ohio and came to Chattanooga, in 1909.  Mr. Groves was a member of Brainerd Masonic Lodge, No. 736, and Alhambra Shrine and Brotherhood of Railway Trainman.  
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Chattanooga Times, May 14, 1969

Submitted by Wanda Kohlmann