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Doris Batson Groves, 92, piano player who sang in several quartets

Doris Batson Groves
Doris Batson Groves

Doris Batson Groves, 92, passed gently from her earthly life on Monday, May 30, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 27, 1924, in Pender County, the daughter of Robert J. Batson Sr. and Ethel Batson. Also, along with her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Coleman, in 1965; and her husband, Hildred ‘Hill’ Thomas Groves, in 1992; sisters, Joan McMillan and Betty Lou Yarbrough; and brother, Robert Batson Jr.

Doris was a faithful member of Blakes Chapel Advent Christian Church and Cape Fear Chapter 346 Order of the Eastern Star.

Not only was Doris a beloved wife and wonderful mother, grandmother and sister, but a generous friend to all who knew her. With her radiant smile, Doris brought a great deal of grace, goodness and love into this world. Doris was blessed with a God-given talent in music. In addition to playing the piano, she sang in several quartets, beginning at the Vista Baptist Church in Hampstead, and lastly with the Waymakers. A lifelong Christian, Doris spread the word through music. Her joy in life will not be forgotten by those around her.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Joyce Carter (Joe); sons, James C. Colman (Dot) and William Ray Colman; grandchildren, Angela Carter, Joey Carter (Cathy), Holly Howell (Bernard), Gwen Campbell (Mike), Ashley Coleman and Aaron Coleman (Tania); six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Gladys B. Orr (Earl); brother, Harry Batson (Wana); dearest friend, Elbert Davis; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at Blakes Chapel Advent Christian Church with a memorial service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Steve Spearing and the Rev. Danny Justice will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Barlow Vista Baptist Church Cemetery with Order of the Eastern Star rites.

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