Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


The Gladys Smith Society

Mary and Forrest GrooverForrest and
Mary Groover

Forrest and Mary Groover are members of First Baptist Church in Velma, Oklahoma. They are long-time residents of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, with Mary retiring after 41 years of teaching in public schools and Forrest retiring after 40 years as an Engineer with Mobil Oil. They are long-time contributors to the ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children and try to attend as many of the activities as they can. In the last few years, they enjoyed a trip with the children to Washington D.C. and thought the President’s Leadership Banquet a great opportunity for the children to show what they learned at the President’s Leadership Conference.

On July 27, 2000, at the Madill Fish Fry, they were honored as members of the Truman and Alice Maxey Legacy Society. When the certificate was presented, they were brought to the podium; they said they felt like they were in the hall of fame. They both continue to be major contributors to the overall ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. In 2002 they deeded ownership of Forrest’s parents’ original home place to OBHC to benefit the children.

Gayle Buck says, "It is an honor to know this delightful couple who are truly the epitome of cheerful givers and do not desire any recognition." However, their giving history and their love for children qualify them for nomination for membership in the Gladys Smith Society. Recently, they reluctantly gave their consent to Gayle to be nominated.

One of their favorite passages is from Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." 09-09-03

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