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John James Groff

Rev. John James Groff, 97, went home to be with the Lord, on Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home. A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2 PM with Rev. Mike Campbell, Rev. Ryan Burroughs and Rev. Jim Crews officiating. John was born in Pittsylvania County, VA to the late Robert Lee Groff Sr. and Arabell Burnett Groff. John and his family moved to Reidsville when he was a small child. He was educated in Reidsville City Schools and upon graduating, he joined the US Airforce where he served during World War II. After the completion of his term of service he joined his brothers in a joint business venture in Reidsville. He was ordained at Baptist Temple in 1955. He received a Bachelors degree from Wake Forest and continued on to receive a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary. During his college and seminary years he served both Trinity and Thompsonville Churches. He pastored Thompsonville Baptist Church from 1955-1969. It was during this time that he met and married his loving wife, Jane Pyrtle of Mayodan, NC. He was the pastor of Ringgold Baptist Church in Ringgold VA from 1969-1988. During his “retirement” and return to Reidsville, he served 15 interim pastorates in 11 different churches in both NC and VA. He officiated over 400 marriages and 500 funerals. Along with his parents, John is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Jane P Groff (March 8th,2020); four brothers, Henry, Hiawatha, Robert “Buck”Lee Jr. and Malcom “Pete” Groff; three sisters, Maddie Groff, Annie G. Gray and Ola G. Dalton. He is survived by nieces and nephews as well as several brothers and sisters in law. John’s family would like to thank all of his caregivers for the great job in difficult times. He thought a lot of each of you, especially Ms. Peggy who was with him for over a year. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in John’s honor.

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You will be missed, John Groff! Father God, please comfort the friends and family in the name of Jesus. :heartbeat::pray:

Patricia Fetzer Nov 21 2020 11:51 PM

Rev. Groff helped officiate my mom n dad's wedding n 1971 and over the years he also took part n many of my families funerals too including my mom n 2016 n my dad n 2017. He was loved by all n served our Lord for many years. I can hear our Lord say "well done my good n faithful servant." My deepest sympathy to his family. Prayers for peace, comfort n strength n the coming days.

April Fisher Nov 20 2020 9:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Groff

April Fisher Nov 20 2020 9:05 PM

Family, Please accept our deepest condolences to one of the most dedicated Pastors we ever knew. He was such a fine Christian man who deeply cared about the souls of the people he came in contact. We have wonderful memories of John and his service to our Lord at Baptist Temple Church. Our thoughts and prayers are being lifted for you. May the wonderful memories you shared be a comfort to you in the days ahead. In Christ, Patti and Don Stone

Patti and Don Stone Nov 19 2020 4:50 PM

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of our dear friend and pastor brother John Groff. He was our pastor at Ringgold Baptist Church for many years. He was a true man of God. Never heard him say anything against anyone and always willing to help with anything. He loved his church and its people. He and Jane served us well and will be missed by all. I have a lot of good memories with him out visiting in the community. Prayers are with the entire family.

Wesley & Violet Barker Nov 19 2020 4:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Groff

Susan Voss Nov 19 2020 10:14 AM

Me and my family have such fond memories of Pastor John, he was such an example of a man of GOD. We are blessed to have known him and call him a friend! You are are in our thoughts and prayers!!! Kristi Stone and Kasey Harvey Stone and family

Kristi stone Nov 19 2020 12:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Groff

Linda Williams Andrews Nov 18 2020 8:09 PM

I remember This Pastor while at Thompsonville Baptist Church . I remember him mostly coming back to do funerals . Rest In Peace

Arvin Wynn and Janice Wynn Nov 18 2020 5:56 PM

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Arnold Walker Nov 18 2020 5:48 PM

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