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Celebrating the life of

Brenda Jean Grooms

Passed away on January 02, 2021

Brenda Jean Grooms

Brynda Jean Ferrier Grooms, While Under Savannah Hospice, Inc. Care, Passed Away Saturday Evening, Jan 2, 2021 At Her Home On Whitemarsh Island, Georgia With Her Husband, Tommy, And Sister-In-Law, Janice, At Her Bedside and Her ‘Gift From God’, Therapy Kitty “Miss Baby Pawz’, Sitting On Her Hospice Hospital Bed With Her, Comforting Brynda As She Passed On To Heaven.

Brynda Was Predeceased By Her Parents, Douglas Ferrier & Lillian Ferrier Kennedy & StepFather, Jerrius Kennedy, USAF (Ret), & Special FurBabies, Miss ‘Mimi’ Pawz & Miss ‘Marmalade’ Butterscotch Jamz. 

Brynda is Survived By Her Husband Of 22-Years, ‘Tommy’ Thomas L. Grooms, III, USAF (Ret), Whitemarsh Island, Savannah, GA;  Her Son, Colonel ‘Mike’ Michael P. Driscoll, USAF, His Wife, Sonia, & Their Children, Jack, Jake, And Quinn – All Of Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV;  Her Sister, Pam Serpa & Her Husband, Steve, & Their Children, Nick & Shalon – All Of Cranston, Rhode Island;  StepDaughters, Charisee (Brian) Warrington, And Heather (Josh) Wills And Their Children;  Her Sisters-In-Law, Janice Grooms Humphreys & Joy Grooms Southern;  Close Cousins Maree & Sam O’Neal & Ronnie & Linda Lanier;  Former Husbands, Paul Driscoll & ‘Bob’ Robert Kaefer; & Many Other Cousins, Nieces, Nephews & Friends: And, Of Course, Miss “Baby’ Pawz.

Brynda Served Honorably With A Loving/Giving Heart As A Nurse For Over 31-Years.  She Served in Various Venues As A Nurse, From Hospice Of Daytona Beach To A Psychiatric Hospital.  She Was A Home HealthCare Nurse For Ormond Memorial Hospital, Ormond Beach, FL When She Met Tommy While Serving As His Father’s (‘Tom’ Thomas L Grooms, Jr.) Nurse When He Was Diagnosed With Cancer In 1998.  They Met In August And Were Married By December.  Tommy Lost His Dad And Gained A Bride For Whom His Parents Had Prayed.  She Served As A HomeHealth Care Nurse For Candler Hospital And Kelly Services In Savannah Briefly Before Turning To Private-Duty Nursing For Many Prominent Patients/Families In The Greater Savannah, Georgia Area For Over 15-Years, Before Retiring To Journey In Dementia.

Brynda Was Born And Grew Up In Burlington, Vermont, Where She Graduated From Rice Memorial High School (’69) and Fannie Allen School Of Nursing. 

Brynda Had A Special Connection With Animals Over The Years Whereby She Loved Them And They Reciprocated.  Even The Carriage Tour Horses In City Market, Historic Downtown Savannah, Would Try To Break Away From Their Carriage Drivers In Order To Get To Brynda For Her Love That They Sensed.  Tame and Wild Animals  (Including Dogs, Cats, Raccoons and Opossum) Would Come To Her So Often, Even On The Front Deck Of Her And Tommy’s Home, As People Stood Amazed.  Her Nickname Was “Elly-Mae Clampett”, Which She Wore Proudly.  Her Love For All God’s Creatures Went Without Questioning.  She Loved And Had A Heart For Critters And People And Never Said A Bad Word About Any.  She Loved To Ride Throughout Savannah, Isle Of Hope and Tybee Island, Taking In The Beautiful Southern Scenery Of The Waterways, Moss-Draped Trees, White-Picket Fences and Awesome Restaurants With So Many Precious Friends Every Day Over The Years, Including Huc-A-Poo’s On Tybee Island, The Five Spot, Papa’s BBQ, And Carey Hilliard’s.  As She Progressed In Her Journey in Dementia, So Many At These And Other Establishments Have Been More Than Sweet, Understanding And Helpful With Brynda For Which Tommy Would Like To Thank And Applaud Them For Treating His Sweet, Precious Beautiful Bride With Respect and Love, As She So Rightfully Deserved. 

Tommy’s Mother, Bette Barbaree Grooms, Prayed With Brynda In Bette and Tom’s Home In Ormond Beach In 1998, As Brynda Prayed To Accept Jesus Christ As Her Lord and Savior.  She Was Baptized By Brother Dr. Bobby Welch, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL And President of The Southern Baptist Convention.  Brynda Dearly Loved Her Lord And Loved Singing In Church as She Attended Services With Tommy At Islands Community Church, Islands Christian Church, Calvary Baptist Temple and Southside Baptist Church. 

Brynda Was Very Civic-Minded, Being Involved With Tommy In Many Organizations, Including:  The Savannah TEA Party; Chatham County Republican Party: DAV-Disabled American Veterans, Where She Volunteered With Tommy For Years To Raise Funds At Golden Corral For DAV’s Camp Corral For Children Of USA Veterans Who Paid The Ultimate Price For Our Country And Children Of Highly Disabled Veterans; And Volunteered For The Feed The Hungry Program, Standing For Hours In Serving Lines.

A Highlight Of Her Life Was Attending The U.S. Presidential Inauguration Of President Donald J. Trump In Washington, D.C. And Attending, With Front Row Seats, The Event The Night Before With President Trump Singing Arm-In-Arm ‘Proud To Be An American’, At The Lincoln Memorial And With Lee Greenwood And Trace Adkins & Later Receiving Personal, Touching Phone Calls From President Trump.

Brynda Will Be Greatly Missed Here, But Is In Heaven Now With No More Pain, No More Sorrow.

Visitation Will Be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 5:00 To 7:00 P.M. at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, Islands Chapel, Whitemarsh Island, Georgia.  Funeral Services Will Be Held at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, Islands Chapel on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.   Interment Services Will Be At Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

In Lieu Of Flowers, Memorial Donations May Be Made To Hospice Savannah, Inc. Or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Prayers for the family.

- Angela Williams , Cochran , Ga


Tommy, so sorry to hear about Brynda. I always enjoyed seeing the two of you together and she was so friendly to have met a stranger. May God bless you and your family

- Myrna Strickland, Savannah, GA


Tommy, So very sorry to hear about Brynda. She was a beautiful person and so courageous in many ways. May God comfort your heart as only He can do. Sympathy, prayers and love to you and your family.

- Jamie Herbster, Savannah, GA


I am s sorry to hear of Brynda’s passing. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. RIP sweet Brynda.

- Faye Allen, Savannah , GA


Tommy and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she Rest In Peace!

- Carolyn Beebe, Savannah, GA


Tommy, I am very sorry to hear of Brynda's passing. Seeing you & she at the Coffee Deli on Wednesday nights was always a highlight of my week, enjoying the Music and conversations there. Praying for you during this difficult time.

- Tom Cooler , Savannah


Tommy I’ve known you and Brynda for ages! She was a remarkable woman! I’m saddened to hear of her passing but she is no longer in pain! My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are always with you on your journey of grief! Remembering all the wonderful things about her will heal your heart over time! Sending love, hugs, light, & Peace!

- Jan Spillane, Savannah, GA


Tommy, I am so sorry for your loss this side of heaven. Praying you find comfort and peace in knowing she is perfectly whole and perfectly at peace now.

- Amy Claxton, Savannah, GA


Our deepest sympathies and condolences.

- Patillo Family, SAVANNAH, GA


A candle has been lit!

- Patillo Family, SAVANNAH, GA


A candle has been lit!

Dear Tommy and families, I am so saddened to hear about Brynda's passing. Tommy, although I have never met you, since you are friend of my brother, I have followed your facebook posts, and consider you my friend too since we are friends on facebook. You have devoted yourself to Brynda! You are a witness to your Wedding vows, "for better or worse, and in sickness and in health." The joy in all of this as all of you are mourning, is the fact that she devoted herself to Jesus, her Lord and Savior. Her work as a Nurse and serving patients and veterans, is a witness to her conviction to our Lord and her love and service to others! She is now in Heaven and free from the chains of Dementia. and as the scripture says in Matthew 25:23, "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!" Lifting each of you in prayer to our Lord! God Bless!

- Patti Corcoran Pharis, Chapin, South Carolina


Dear Pam, Steve and family, we’re so very sad to hear about Brynda. Pam (Brynda’s Sister)& I were BFF’s growing up in So Burlington VT! I always really looked up to Brynda. She had the sweetest smile & the best laugh. Our prayers and love goes out to all. Gary and Debbie Salerno-Duval

- Debbie Salerno, Essex Junction, VT


Wishing you peace at this time I know your memories will surely lift you up

- Pamela L Mongin, Metter, GA


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200