US Navy

Dennis Earl Grooms

September 19, 1959 ~ January 9, 2022 (age 62)


Petty Officer First Class Dennis Earl Grooms, United States Navy (Ret.), age 62, a lifelong resident of the Ehrhardt and Bamberg Communities, entered into rest Sunday morning, January 9, 2022, at his home in Morristown, Tennessee. 


Born September 19, 1959, in Bamberg, South Carolina, he was a son of Mrs. Ernestine Frye and the late Mr. James Grooms.  He entered the United States Navy and served until his retirement.   He always shared a passion for the Great Smoky Mountains and made his home there nearly two years ago.  Dennis was faithful in his service to his country and even after his retirement everything he done he did with his beloved military in mind.  He also dearly loved his two Staffordshire Terriers, “Ziggy” and “Ragnar”.


Surviving in addition to his mother of Ehrhardt are: a son, Christopher Shannon Grooms of North Charleston; a daughter, Crystal Nicole Grooms of North Charleston; his companion, Linda McMillan; a brother, Phillip Grooms of Bamberg; a sister, Sandra Hutto of Ehrhardt; and two grandchildren, Sarai Jordyn Grooms and Chase Nicholas Grooms. 


Funeral services with military honors will be conducted 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, January 14, 2022, from the graveside in South End Cemetery, South Carlisle Street, Bamberg. 


The family will receive friends from 5 o’clock until 7 o’clock this Thursday at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, EHRHARDT-BAMBERG CHAPEL, 2515 Lowcountry Highway, Ehrhardt, 803.267.1971. Visit the registry online at:

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January 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Ehrhardt-Bamberg Chapel
2515 Lowcountry Highway
Ehrhardt, SC 29081

Graveside Service
January 14, 2022

2:00 PM
South End Cemetery
Carlisle Street
Bamberg, SC

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