William M. Groseclose, Jr (Sign Guestbook)

William Marion Groseclose, Jr, died December 9, 2017 at Ben Atchley Veterans’ Home. Bill (Grossie, Marion) was born in New Market, TN January 15, 1924. Parents, William Marion Groseclose, Sr. and Mamie Spencer Groseclose; sister, Ruth Groseclose Goans; and beloved baby brother, Dean, preceded him in death. His much-loved brother-in-law, Colonel Donald Hatcher passed away in August. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and graduated from East Tennessee State University. He was the consummate salesman. No matter where he went he found a “New Market Connection”. He was a passionate bridge player. He loved his Tuesday bridge partners at John T. O’Connor Senior Center.

Bill is survived by wife, Irene Hatcher Groseclose whom he married on December 19, 1952; daughter, Melanie Wilck; daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Mike Duncan and Lisa and Barry Hunt; son, Don Groseclose; grandchildren: Sarah Colton, Julie Duncan and Marc Duncan; great-grandchildren Susannah, Seth, and Sawyer Colton. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Vi Hatcher and sister, Jane Davis.

The family will receive friends at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. with Father Chris Michelson and Deacon Mike Duncan as celebrants. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to St. Albert the Great Church, 7200 Brickey Ln. Knoxville, TN 37918 or to St. Joseph School 1820 Howard Rd. Knoxville, TN 37918. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Groseclose family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.


18 guestbook entries for “William M. Groseclose, Jr”:

  1. Katie Petree says:

    Sending deepest sympathy, much love and prayers. Grossie was a treasure and I am blessed to be his “other daughter”.

  2. Penny (King) Courtney says:

    I went to St. Joseph with Valerie Groseclose. What a warm, close family I remember them having. My sincere condolences on the loss of the Groseclose Family patriarch. May he rest in peace and rise victorious in Glory.

  3. Denise Howard says:

    Grossie was indeed a spark of life. I went to school with his daughter, Valerie, and saw his grandchildren go through St. Joseph School. His wife, Irene, was a gentle soul who gave her time and talents to St. Joseph School. She always officiated the Annual Spelling Bee. Sending sympathies, love and prayers to his family. He is walking on God’s golden streets and is in a better place than we are. I am so sorry for your loss. May his soul, and the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in peace. Amen

  4. Suzanne and Joe Wyrick says:

    Deepest sympathy to the entire family. All of you are in our prayers.

  5. Jim and Judy says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So happy we were able to meet your dad! What a neat man! Blessings and peace to your mother and the entire family.

  6. Sue Groseclose Combs says:

    One of the greatest men I ever knew. I will hold him in my heart the rest of my life. God bless you all…love to you all.

  7. Donna Fuller says:

    I love you Lisa. Please know that I am sending my thoughts of comfort and strength to you and your family during this sad time.

  8. Larry and Tina Burnette says:

    We are sending love to all the family. May God guide you through this heartache.

  9. Elizabeth Goans says:

    I am so sorry. Thinking of you all.

  10. Richard &Maggie West says:

    We will keep your family in our prayers. I am going to miss Bill’s big smile when he comes into church.

  11. Barbara Hickman says:

    My daughter is one of his neighbors that loved him and his wife so much. He also is one of the founders and supporters that got Adair Park to what it is today. He will be missed terribly by many.

  12. Irene Carney says:

    Grossie was a very dear friend to so many. He and Irene were close friends with my deceased parents Ellen and Paul Fogarty and also Ellen and Paul’s six children. I have many special memories of Grossie and Irene and their sweet daughters Melanie and Valerie. My mother named me after her dear friend Irene, who was in my mom’s wedding. When I think of Grossie it is his wonderful sense of humor that first comes to mind. His big smile and kindness will be missed by us all. My prayers are with his family. My he rest in peace.

  13. Kelley Griffin says:

    Valerie, Deacon Mike, Julie and the family – I’m so sorry for your loss. I saw you in church this morning and didn’t make the connection. My prayers are with you all.

  14. Lynda Bryan says:

    So sorry for the loss of Grosie. He was a treasure and I dearly loved hearing his stories. Irene, you are a very good friend and one of our family. Prayers and love to you and all your children.

  15. Bill Combs says:

    So very sorry for this loss. He was truly one of the finest people I have ever known. His genuine kindness was a gift to all! Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Bill (Coach) Deatherage says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family – He was a fine man and will be greatly missed. Bill “Coach” Deatherage

  17. Pamela Davidson Chesney says:

    Valerie I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  18. Emily Baker says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your comfort and peace during this time.

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