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“Angela, I just learned of the home going of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a wonderful lady. Queen...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Queen E. Gordon - Florence, SC

“Angels You and your family have my deepest sympathy. May the God of all comfort, comfort and keep you during this time. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Jenkins - Evans, GA

“Please accept my condolences in the death of your mother. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Saundra Pauley-Price - Florence, SC

“To the Grooms Family, I am praying for you as you go through this time in your life. God is always there with you and for you. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Pearlie Hammonds - Darlington, SC

“Angela and Robert Jr, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a special lady and showed such grace. When we worked together at Lamar...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Paula Johnson Shay - Lamar, SC

“Angela and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time. ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Yolonda G. DuPree - Bennettsville, SC

“May God strengthen your hearts, may He bring you comfort and peace. We are praying for you all. We love you. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Lyndon & Patricia Rouse - SC

“The Spann Family Pray for you all during the pass of your mother.May God bless you all and see you through these time.God said well done Sis Grooms...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jackie Spann - Columbia, SC

“Angela and family, Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Dr. and Mrs. Jeffery Long - Lamar, SC

“Hello Soror Angela, My heartfelt sympathy to you in the passing of your mom. Always remember the wonderful memories and hold to God's word. Soror...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Shine King - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Angela please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Hope you and your family are comforted by your mothers enduring love. Sisterly, Audrey ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Audrey Jefferson Whetsell - SC

“Auntie, we thank God for allowing you to walk among us for 80 glorious years. Your service to others and love for God and family have left an...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Andrea Toney Graham - Prosper, TX


Mrs. Ola Mae Grooms was born October 27, 1932 in Lee County, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Joseph and Almeta Toney. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County and graduated from Dennis High School in 1950. She matriculated to Allen University in Columbia, S.C. and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1954. She continued her pursuit of excellence as she received a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University in 1975. On July 28, 1956, Ola was married to Robert Lee Grooms, Sr. and this union continued for 51 years. They were the proud parents of two children. Mrs. Grooms was employed with the Darlington County School district for 31 years and retired in 1987. While working in the school district she served as a classroom teacher and as a librarian at Spaulding Elementary and Lamar High School. Her love for sharing knowledge with others led her to serve as a night school adult education teacher and she developed a special relationship with them. Ola loved her work as an educator but was equally interested in the progress of her community. She served as a member of the Darlington County Council on Aging for a number of years. She was a charter member and a past president of the African Violet Garden Club. She accepted Christ into her life at the age of nine and became a member at New Zion A.M.E. Church in Wisacky, South Carolina. Upon marriage she became a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Lamar, South Carolina. She demonstrated her Christian teachings through her participation and involvement in many aspects of church growth as a committed Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, faithful member of the Willing Workers and Missionary Ministries. She delighted in using her creative talents by producing legendary Christian plays for the youth and adult ministries. She was a dedicated past chairperson of the Deaconess Board. Mrs. Grooms was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Faithful Workers, Chapter #229 of Lamar, South Carolina. She was, also, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Surviving Ola Grooms are her daughter Angela A. Grooms of Lamar and son Robert L. (LaKindra) Grooms, Jr. of Algonquin, IL; a granddaughter, Sydney Grooms, two grandsons, Riley and Liam Grooms; two sisters, Earline (George) Pearson of Sumter, Elizabeth T. Johnson of Wisacky, and a brother William McKinley (Linda) Toney of Blythewood; three aunts, Sadie Reynolds and Eula Williamson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Amelia Bradley of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; two uncles, Leroy (Dorothy) Toney and Henry Toney of Elliott, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who are deeply grieved by her passing. Her family and acquaintances will miss her caring ways, her energetic spirit, and Christian leadership. .

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