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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 32 | 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 32 | 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...Read More »
3 of 32 | 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 32 | 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 32 | 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 32 | Posted by: Joe Monaco - Richmond, VA

“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 »
7 of 32 | Posted by: The Presnell Family - Buena Vista, VA

“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 32 | Posted by: The Presnell Family - Buena Vista, VA

“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 »
9 of 32 | 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 »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Pack - Greenwood, IN

“Please accept my condolences on the passing of your beloved son and brother. ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Pack - Greenwood, IN

“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 32 | 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 32 | Posted by: peggy - fairfield, VA

“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 »
14 of 32 | 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 »
15 of 32 | 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 »
16 of 32 | Posted by: T Barber - Buena Vista, VA

“Ellen and Family.My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. ”
17 of 32 | 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 »
18 of 32 | 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 »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Mike and Pam Gibson - Buena Vista, VA

“It was an honor to call you a friend. Rest in peace Mike, you will be missed! ”
20 of 32 | 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 »
21 of 32 | 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 »
22 of 32 | 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. ”
23 of 32 | 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 »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Danny cole - Buena vista, VA

“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 »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Dave Cumbo - Danville, 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 »
26 of 32 | 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 »
27 of 32 | 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 »
28 of 32 | 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 »
29 of 32 | 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 »
30 of 32 | 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 »
31 of 32 | 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 »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Locke - Oak Island, NC


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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