Celebrating the life of

Cornelia Rankin Groves

April 23, 1926 - October 31, 2021

Cornelia Rankin Groves

Cornelia Rankin Groves, widow of Robert Walker Groves, Jr., died on October 31, 2021.  She was a lifelong resident of Savannah.

Cornelia was born in Savannah on April 23rd, 1926, to the late William Scott and Hannay Ellis Rankin.  She was a graduate of Pape School Savannah and Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia.

She is survived by a son, Robert Walker Groves III (Anne); a daughter, Susan Groves Stevens of Yonges Island, S.C.; four grandchildren, William Scott Rankin Groves (Amanda), Suzanne Groves Hoffman (Rob) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, William Johnson Stevens III (Dillard) of Charleston, S.C., and Robert Walker Groves Stevens (Laura) of Yonges Island, S.C.; and six great grandchildren, Walker, Baker, and Scott Groves, John, Matthew, and Anna Hoffman, and Hamer and Johnson Stevens.

A graveside service will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery on Monday November 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  The service will be conducted by Father Craig Stephens of Christ Church Anglican.

Cornelia was involved with many projects in Savannah.  She loved the history of Savannah and worked hard to get funding to help with the restoration of the Davenport House.  Another love was the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina.  She worked along side Bobbie for many years on the games committees.  Cornelia was a member of the Colonial Dames of Georgia and the Trustees Garden Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ Church Anglican, 2020 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Endowment Fund, PO Box 1095, Linville, NC 28646-109 or The Davenport House Endowment, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

The family is grateful for the loving care given by a wonderful family, Hope, Katie, Jalea, and Faith, who were with her form many years.



My heart reaches out to each in the family for your loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She exemplified a Southern Woman full of hospitality and manners always. She was a very close friend with my mother Camille Miller Heery, her former Pape school teacher. Mrs Groves became over the last years a very dear friend of mine hosting many times my out of town friends who never stopped talking about her with awe and respect. I will hold her in my hear always. love, Myrtle Heery


Please accept our deepest condolences in the death of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. May her memory endure as a blessing to your family.

- George and Dena Hammond, Savannah , Georgia

Walker; Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you Peace and beautiful memories for your comfort. Martha, Marie and Betty Peltier

- Martha Peltier Swindelle, savannah, GA

Wow, Cornelia, got a nice start on eternity. With special mightiness, she , she lived longer than most in this difficult world. With God’s blessing, she touched many people’s heart; especially her family. All will rejoice in paradise when Cornelia returns; young and healthy. The miracle of the resurrection will awaken our loved ones to give them the opportunity for eternal life in perfection. Lazarus was thrilled to be reunited with his family, Jesus will call and Cornelia will answer, Job 14:14 There will be no more sickness, or death, Rev 21:3,4 as originally intended for perfect people. “Enjoy Life Forever”, will be a blessing to you. Warm Christian Love, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel