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Doris Henderson Grove

March 27, 1927 - January 6, 2023

Doris Lee Henderson Grove, 95, of Groveland Farm in Forest, VA, passed away January 6, 2023, at home. Doris was born in Brookneal, VA, on March 27, 1927, the daughter of the late Walter Carter Henderson and Elsie Mae Clark Henderson; she was the second of four children.

With her loving husband of 66 years, Charles Whitney Grove, who preceded her in death, Doris helped to establish Groveland Farm in 1959 with 40 registered Angus cattle which grew to a herd of over 300 head. Enjoying the fruits of their hard work, together they traveled across the country and around the world relishing new experiences and making new friends along the way.

Doris attended Madison College (now JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, and taught 3rd and 4th grades at New London Academy and Leesville Road Elementary School. After retiring from teaching, she worked at Arthur’s Flower Cart honing her floral arrangement skills while compassionately helping others to both celebrate and mourn.

Doris was an incredible cook loving time in the kitchen creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Never one to follow a recipe, or write down the ingredients she used, she loved hosting dinner parties and making the best yeast rolls, soups, casseroles and desserts. No one ever left Groveland Farm hungry if she had anything to do with it. For decades, Doris was a generous and active member of Forest United Methodist Church and both the Forest and Lynchburg Women’s Clubs. She also helped to organize a women’s investment club through which she became quite the savvy investor. A strong leader in both her church and community, Doris was always ready to lend a helping hand.

Doris is survived by a daughter, Glenna Housman and her husband, John of Forest, and their two children, Whitney Blandford and her husband, Jason of Warrenton, and Carrie Housman of Chantilly; and a son, Charles “Chuck” Whitney Grove, Jr., and his wife Ruth, of Forest, and their two children, Jake Grove and his wife Katie of Forest, and Rachel Dalton and her husband Douglas of Lynchburg. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Emma Whitney Grove, Caroline Grace Grove, William Beckett Blandford, Easton Grove Blandford, Townes Louis Blandford and Aubrey Douglas Dalton IV. Doris was preceded in death by her brother Walter Carter “WC” Henderson and two sisters, Mary Hubbard and Marjorie Bailey.

Doris left an indelible impression on all who knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed by everyone as she is reunited in death with the love of her life.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the Tharp Funeral Home Chapel in Lynchburg beginning at 12:00 pm, with a celebration of Doris’ life to be held at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad, 1645 Thomas Jefferson Rd., Forest, VA 24551, or the Angus Foundation, 3201 Frederick Ave. St., Joseph, Missouri 64506.

The family would like to thank Centra Hospice and Brittany Oliver Locke for their support. The family would also like to thank her dedicated caregivers: Maria Blazejewicz, Monika Blazejewicz, Vicky Booth, Ada Johnson, Patricia Jones, Mamie Nowlin, Georgetta Plants, and Margaret Templeton.


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Tharp Funeral Home

220 Breezewood Drive

Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

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Posted by Frances and Joe Gann on January 15, 2023

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Doris Grove. What an awesome adventure her life must have been. She leaves behind a great legacy through her family, and the farm, and former students, etc. Our condolences to the family... James and Linda Macdonald

Posted by James Wiltz Macdonald Jr on January 12, 2023

I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs Grove’s passing…..she was my third and fourth grade teacher at Evington Elementary school in the late 50’s and early 60’s…she was a wonderful teacher and person….I saw her several times when she worked at Arthur’s and then would see her shopping at Kroger’s ….she always remembered me and was glad to see me as I was always glad to see her….sending sympathy to Glenna and Chuck and her entire family…..Rita Arthur Hall

Posted by Rita Hall on January 11, 2023

My sincere condolences. Whitney and Doris were staples of our community. Doris left a legacy of service and love.

Posted by Darryl Williams on January 10, 2023

Doris was loved by many. To the entire Grove family she was known as the Queen of Groveland. To me and my family she was known as Granny Grove and beloved friend. To Glenna and I, my mother, Carmen P Evans, and Doris were known as Trouble and More Trouble. I remember one year they both decided that they would sell and make cheesecakes. Well, neither one of them thought they would end up with so many orders and for days they were baking their cheesecake. The next year for my birthday, which Glenna and I share the same birthday , I got 2 spring form pans and cheesecake recipe as my gift. I'm sure there was a message in there somewhere! To all of Doris' family may you find strength and joy in all your memories. It was a privilege to have had you in our lives. RIP gracious Lady. We will miss you. Much love to your family and many friends.

Posted by Mercie E. Winfree on January 9, 2023

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