Gary W. Grooms, age 73 of Puryear, TN, died Saturday, August 27, 2022, at his residence.
He retired after 29 years as a heavy equipment operator for K.T. Clay in Gleason, TN and was also a longtime farmer. He loved mallard ducks and being on the farm around his cows. He also enjoyed being surrounded by his family.
Gary was born October 19, 1948, in the Whitlock community of Paris to the late James H. Grooms and the late Bryna Mae Stevens Grooms.
He was married on December 17, 1994, to Martha A. Green Grooms, who survives, of Paris.
Along with his wife, he is also survived by one daughter, Debra (Chad) Brewer of Paris, TN; three sons, Scott (Mary) Grooms of Puryear, TN, Ricky (Alisha Rogers) Paschall of Paris, and Steve (Teresa) Paschall of Paris; two sisters, Teri (Ricky) Dowdy of Big Sandy, TN, and Zetra (Jerry) Crabb of Jackson, TN; one brother, Tony (Mary Nell) Grooms of Paris; 10 grandchildren, Jordan (Jac) Conger, Megan (Cody) Belvin, Ginny Grooms, Paige (Zach) Golson, Jerod Grooms, Matt Paschall, Kelsey (Austin) Watkins, Makenzi Brewer, Courtney (Noah Heath) Paschall, and Dalton (Leah Sutton) Paschall; and ten great grandchildren, Payton, Drew, Arlo, Willa June, Langston, Tucker, Wyatt, Cooper, Charlie, and Booth.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Scarlett Grooms.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St / PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2022, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home with Jamie Smith officiating.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Dowdy, Max Middleton, Barney Valentine, Tony Nance, Jamie Smith, and David Eldridge. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Smith, Steve Smith, Tyler Smith, and David Everett.
Burial will follow in Foundry Hill Baptist Cemetery in Puryear, TN.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.