Hollis Wayland Grooms, Sr. – Obituary

By  | October 25, 2018 | Filed under: Loretto Memorial Chapel, Obituaries

Hollis Wayland Grooms, Sr., 76, of Cabot passed away Sunday, October 2L,2018 in Cabot Arkansas

peacefully at his home. He was born September 10, 1942 in Loretto, Tennessee to the late Frank and

Annie Walters Grooms. Hollis left Loretto to join the Air Force- In his 22 years of service, he lived in and

visited many parts of the world – to include a tour in Vietnam. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1982.

Not content with only one retirement, he went to work for the US Postal Service as a mail carrier and

retired with more than 20 years of service there as well. Hollis loved watching the Washington Redskins

play football and the Dodgers play baseball. When not immersed in a football or baseball game, he would

switch over and enjoy watching Nascar as well. In his downtime, he mostly liked to get out on the golf

greens or head to a body of water to put out a fishing pole or two- Like most fishermen, he loved the art

of fishing as much as the actual catch. He was fortunate to have been able to fish in many different

streams, rivers and oceans, and was very proud of the Marlin, he and a friend caught while living in

Hawaii. Hollis had a great love of country music and old fashioned Rock-N-Roll from the 50s. His reelto-

reel tape recorder was something he treasured and he had many tapes of artists such as Fats Domino,

Little Richard, Merle Haggard, Don Williams and Johnny Cash. In addition to his parents, Hollis was

preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Joe Grooms; two sisters, Lois Weaver and Alison Grooms.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Grooms; three children, Lorie Sanborn, Hollis Jr. (Stacy) Grooms,

Nathan (Kim) Malone; four grandchildren, Katharine Sanborn, Ryan Grooms, Allison Grooms and

Meagen Malone; one great-grandchild, Piper Malone and three sisters, Reba Cates, Jane (Kenny)

LaRoche and Paulette Grooms.

There will be two Memorial Services. The first will be 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25,2018 at Mt.

Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot with Pastor David Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior

to the service. Arrangements in Cabot, Arkansas are being handled by Thomas Funeral Service (501) 941- 7888.


A second Memorial Service will be at l:00 p.m., Saturday, October at Loretto Memorial Chapel in Loretto, TN.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Loretto Cemetery.

Arrangements in Loretto, Tennessee are being handled by Loretto Memorial Chapel, Inc.

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