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Well known and well loved businessman, family man, and long-time industrial
supply provider, Morris Dean Groves, died July 22, 2007 at his home in
Bellville, Texas, with his family at his side.
Services were held at Bellville Church of Christ on Wednesday, July 25,
2007, at 10 a.m. followed by a grave side ceremony. A private visitation was
held at the family home, Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Groves was born in Pharr, Texas in 1932 and he graduated from Mercedes High
School in 1951. 
After attending the University of Texas in Austin, Texas A&I University and
Pan American University, he began work at Briggs Weaver in Houston in 1953.
Groves worked his way from the warehouse to become one of the company's most
outstanding employees and managers.
He eventually started three businesses including Industrial Paint and Supply
Co., Industrial tool and Supply Corp. and Groves Industrial Supply Corp.
which grew to become one of the largest independently owned industrial
distribution companies in the Southwest.
He led this company as CEO until May of 2006. Groves was known, appreciated
and loved as an astute entrepreneur and inspirational leader for many
He was a state champion shot putter and discus thrower and college football
tight end. He also enjoyed golf and tennis.
Groves was an avid gardener, hunter, cook, carpenter, house builder, antique
collector, electrician, plumber, coin and stamp collector, Rotarian and
Lion's Club member and he was an active member of the Bellville Church of
Christ. He will be remembered as a kind, sweet, dependable, father, husband,
leader and friend.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The University
of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant
Department; or the Hospice of Brenham; or Bellville Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Yates Groves; his father,
nathan Marcellus Groves; and his brother, Malcolm N. Groves.
He is survived in life by wife, Julia; daughter Julie Kerstan Webb; and his
son, Morris Dean Groves Jr. and daughter-in-law, Caroline Groves; and many
loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friend.
Services under direction of Schmidt Funeral Home.
Posted by Joy Neely


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