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“Ellen and Family.Our heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. ”
1 of 58 | Posted by: Dan & Robin Collins - Troutville, VA

“I just received my alumni magazine from W & L, and was so sorry to learn of Michael's passing. I was a student of Roger's; and although I never met...Read More »
2 of 58 | Posted by: Burk Beale - Woodbridge, VA

“To the Groot family:On behalf of the Wilson family (Ali and Kimberley, 1995 W&L Law graduates) we offer our prayers and our deepest sympathy for your...Read More »
3 of 58 | Posted by: Ali and Kimberley Wilson - NJ

“Ellen, I just saw the notice of Michael's passing in the W&L alumni magazine. I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that hospice was helpful to...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: Alan Prater, W&L law class of 1980 - LA

“So sorry for your loss. Michael will be greatly missed. I really enjoyed the times Michael & Roger were out here hunting! Have comfort in knowing...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Julie Forester - Chamberlain, SD

“Mike was one of those special people who was so easy to hang out with, you just couldn't help but like him. Whether it was sitting around with the ...Read More »
6 of 58 | Posted by: Joe Monaco - Richmond, VA

“I roomed with Mike for over three years in college. The great memories are endless. I couldn't begin to wrap my arms around the positive impact ...Read More »
7 of 58 | Posted by: Larry Modrak - North Huntingdon, PA

“We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. We know your heart is broken. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: The Presnell Family - Buena Vista, VA

“Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved son and brother. I am deeply saddened by the loss of someone so young and much loved. ...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Pack - Greenwood, IN

“Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved son and brother. ”
10 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Pack - Greenwood, IN

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. My mother, Betty Teague, his 11th Grade English teacher just notified me of Mike's passing because she just...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: Debi Teague - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

“I remember Mike as a very well respective person. He always had a smile on his face and always spoke no matter where u saw him. Prayers for his...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: connie humphries - buena vista, VA

“my prayers goes out to the family Mike was an awesome guy and a great lawyer He will be dearly missed ”
13 of 58 | Posted by: peggy - fairfield, VA

“Ellen and family- we are so sorry for your loss. With the snow today it reminds us of the day Mr Groot, with groceries and little children in tow,...Read More »
14 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy for the family. I haven’t seen Mike since college, but we shared a lot of sweat together. He really was a great guy, and...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Rick Muller - savannah, GA

“Mike Groot was one of a kind. He was a gentle, compassionate, loving, and honest man. Mike always had a smile and a hug for me whenever I had the...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: Laura Williams - Buena Vista, VA

“All of us in the court system will miss Mike so much. He always had a big smile to share, he was friendly, helpful, a good attorney and a gentleman....Read More »
17 of 58 | Posted by: T Barber - Buena Vista, VA

“Ellen, Stefanie, and Donna,So sorry to hear of Michael's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Remembering my days in B.V. and...Read More »
18 of 58 | Posted by: Doris Anthony - Alexandria, VA

“Ellen and Family.My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. ”
19 of 58 | Posted by: Irma Thompson - Buena Vista, VA

“Ellen,Stefani and Donna and families, I am so incredibly saddened to hear of the loss of Mike. My heart is with you all. The Groot family holds a...Read More »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Crystal Morrison Hoeppner - VA

“We knew Michael first as a student and Fighting Blue. Later, we trusted him to be our lawyer. He was always honest, humble, sincere, and full of...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Mike and Pam Gibson - Buena Vista, VA

“Ms. Groot & family, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. Mike and I graduated from PMHS the same year. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
22 of 58 | Posted by: Vonda Broom - Roanoke, VA

“Donna & the family are in our hearts and Michael in our prayers. Blessings and comfort to you all. ”
23 of 58 | Posted by: Amy & Jeff Eisenhuth & Family - NC

“Donna, Mark and the entire Groot Family will be in our close thoughts and prayers during this difficult and sad time. ”
24 of 58 | Posted by: Terry & Gail Robinson - FL

“It was an honor to call you a friend. Rest in peace Mike, you will be missed! ”
25 of 58 | Posted by: Vann Staton '84 - Buena Vista, VA

“I remember greeting Mike whenever I would see him walk into a room for the first time with, "Groooooooooooooot!" What a big teddy bear. I was touched...Read More »
26 of 58 | Posted by: Sheri Henry Rohaley - Rock Hill, SC

“I met Mike about 6 years ago as he was my agency's attorney. He taught me terms like "status quo" and my favorite saying of his was "it's incredible...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: Kelly Balthaser - Lexington, VA

“Words cannot express how we feel. We are hoping that Michael and Uncle Roger are together once again. All our love to the Groots. ”
28 of 58 | Posted by: Laura, Rick, Cody, and Josh Morrisey - TX

“Prayers for Ellen, Stephanie Donna and family. I enjoyed my relationship with mike throughout the years. Our football experiences together will never...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Danny cole - Buena vista, VA

“Mrs. Groot and family,May all the great memories you hold dear, give you comfort during this time and always. Mike was such a great guy, and will be...Read More »
30 of 58 | Posted by: Troy and Beth Wells - Raphine, VA

“My heartfelt sympathy is extended to the Groot family. No words can express my sadness. See you on the other side brother!! ”
31 of 58 | Posted by: Cheryl Hollopeter-Hancock - GA

“Mike was my friend, and along with Perk and Larry, he will always be my brother. Marsha and I will miss him, but he is with us everyday. I know he is...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Dave Cumbo - Danville, VA

“May God give the Groot family comfort at this difficult time of Mike's passing. He was a good man, and attorney. He could make you smile or laugh...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Greta Chittum class of '86 - VA

“I only met Mike once but I am forever grateful for how he helped my dad out when we needed him. He was always very kind and gave my dad hope which he...Read More »
34 of 58 | Posted by: Heather Cochran - Buena Vista, VA

“Mike was a great friend and teammate. He never failed to bring a smile to my face with his insight and irreverance. He could find humor in any...Read More »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Terence Huffman - Indian Head, MD

“Our family is so sad to hear about Mike's passing. During high school he was such a huge part of our family. I hope he is in peace now and I hope he...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Kate Robey Worthy - Roanoke, VA

“Dear Donna and Mark, We're so sad to hear of your loss. We have had you all in our prayers and will continue to do so. We're glad to know you had...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Debbie and Pete Brake - Gastonia, NC

“Mike was a good friend at PMHS and again at W&M. Prayers for peace are being lifted up for you, Mrs. Groot, Stef and Donna. I pray the good...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Pam Robertson Stone - Durham, NC

“Our hearts are broken once again. Oh dearest Michael, please give our love to those with whom you now reside - your beloved Dad and our beloved Miles...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Sandy Nye - Lexington, VA

“I first met Groot as his host while he was being recruited at W&M. I knew Mike and I would be friends at college after knowing him for 5 minutes. ...Read More »
40 of 58 | Posted by: Mark Locke - Oak Island, NC

“Forever in our Hearts! ”
41 of 58 | Posted by: Lori Floyd Wadding - NJ

“Prayers for Mike and his family. In all of the years I have known him he was always a first class individual. RIP Friend. ”
42 of 58 | Posted by: Sam Campbell - Vesuvius, VA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Groot family in this time of sorrow. May the wonderful memories of Mike bring you peace! ”
43 of 58 | Posted by: Lori Floyd Wadding - NJ

“My prayers are with the family may God give them peace and comfort that only he can give. So sad that we lost a classmate from the class of 1984. God...Read More »
44 of 58 | Posted by: Angie Wright Clark - Buena Vista, VA

“May GOD bless and comfort the Groot family. Mike was a son, brother, friend, football player, lawyer, classmate and I'm sure a lot of other great...Read More »
45 of 58 | Posted by: L.D. Rowsey - Buena Vista, VA

Offensive line at W&M - Mike No. 63
46 of 58 | Posted by: Marie Cumbo - Danville, VA

“Words can not express the hole in our hearts with the loss of Mike. A true friend, classmate and lawyer. May God comfort all of you. Kay Huffman...Read More »
47 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

The four offensive linemen at W&M “Ellen and Family,So sorry about Mike's passing. He was such a sweet and nice person. I still remember the days at William and Mary and the football...Read More »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Marie Cumbo - Danville, VA

“Keeping the Groot family in my thoughts and prayers. Mike was a great man and will be sorely missed by everyone who ever met him. ”
49 of 58 | Posted by: Mary Jo Byers-Hansel - Lexington, VA

“Dear Ellen and Family, How great our loss of such a wonderful,kind,loving friend. Mike will be greatly missed by all who he had helped and by all who...Read More »
50 of 58 | Posted by: Regina Tomlin - Buena Vista, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Groot family during their time of great loss. Mike was a great person and will be greatly missed by all.He is...Read More »
51 of 58 | Posted by: Angie Claytor - Roanoke, VA

52 of 58 | Posted by: Melissa Smith - Roanoke, VA

“Donna and Mark so sorry to read about your brother's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do please...Read More »
53 of 58 | Posted by: David Evelyn Brandon Pettus - SC

“Prayers from the mohler house and family. I will miss the quick chats we had about the steelers and cowboys . Thanks for always taking time to...Read More »
54 of 58 | Posted by: Roy Mohler - Buena Vista, VA

“Gone too Soon. Mike will be remembered and greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Prayers for comfort and healing for the family during this...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Loretta Falls - Buena Vista, VA

56 of 58 | Posted by: UVA Tailgate Party Circa 2002

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mike Groot family. The memories of your kind n gentle ways will forever be in our hearts. ”
57 of 58 | Posted by: Rhonda and Johnny Lawson - VA

“Prayers for comfort at this time. Mike was a wonderful friend and will be missed. ”
58 of 58 | Posted by: Wendy Hubbard - Suffolk, VA

Michael Andrew Groot, 46, of Buena Vista, VA, died peacefully on December 19, 2012. During his illness he was surrounded by family and enjoyed visits from good friends from different periods of his life. Michael attended Parry McCluer High School, Buena Vista, and the College of William and Mary. He received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, after which he practiced law briefly in Glen Burnie, MD, and then in Buena Vista. Having played college football, Michael was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Texas Longhorns, UNC Tarheels and William & Mary Tribe. He enjoyed watching ACC basketball, especially to cheer on the Tarheels. Michael enjoyed political discussions, cooking, listening to music (especially good country music), hunting, talking with friends and family and spending time with his sweet black lab, Bud. He could spend hours talking with his mother, Ellen about all things. He was a playful soul who got great delight in following the activities, antics and achievements of his nieces and nephew. Michael is survived by his mother Ellen Groot of Gastonia, NC; sister Stefanie Groot and her husband Eric Cottrell and their daughters Anna, Miranda and Fiona Cottrell of Charlotte, NC; and sister Donna Taylor and her husband Mark Taylor and their children Emma Grey and Andrew James Taylor of Gastonia. His death came much too soon, but we entrust Michael's soul to God and know that he is in heaven having a long-awaited chat with his father and best friend, Roger. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation to their local hospice organization. According to Michael's wishes, no memorial service will be held; however, a gathering will be announced in the future and people are encouraged to post reflections and messages on McLean Funeral Home's website - www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Groot.

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