Stuart Basil Groo
Stuart Basil Groo, a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 26 in Tampa.
He was born in Newburgh, New York, in 1947, the eldest of four siblings. He was a boy with golden hair, quiet charm and a very cool car.
He attended Monroe-Woodbury Academy and graduated Rutgers University in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Florida in 1972. He was a devout Gators fan.
In the late 1970s, he joined the family business and, for nearly two decades, owned and operated Groo’s Shoes in Longwood. He traveled the country as a small business consultant during the latter part of his career. He loved work and enjoyed sharing stories from the road. Still, the accomplishments that mattered most to him could be found in the daughters he raised.
He was happiest near the sand and sea of Anna Maria Island, the place he called home for many years, or at a holiday table among his loved ones.
He will be remembered for his unflagging loyalty, generosity and kindness.
The family will host a celebration of life at the Waterline Hotel and Marina, Holmes Beach, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Bullard; siblings and spouses Gary, Donna and Edward Drybred, and Debra and Mark Schoenbach; daughters and their spouses Lauren and
Brad Massey, Katherine and Nathaniel Jezzi; grandchildren Luke, Will, Alma and Nicola; his dear companion, Beverly Williams; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Dennis R. Schavey
Dennis R. Schavey of Holmes Beach and formerly of Troy, Michigan, died Aug. 27, 2018.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Lansing, Michigan, to Gaylord and Marie (Smith).
He graduated from Haslett High School in 1961 and also attended Michigan State University.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was employed by an insurance agency before he owned and operated Underwriters Brokers Inc. Insurance Agency in Troy.
He was a member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach and the Elks organization.
He enjoyed golfing and gardening and loved fishing so much that he was a charter captain. He loved to see others reel in the “big ones.”
A celebration of life was held in October 2018. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements were by the Holihan-Atkin-Barclay Funeral Home in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Share your memories and condolences online at holihanatkin.com.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Christina “Tina” (Demetral); daughters Christina and husband Daniel Dittmar of Saginaw, Michigan; Deborah and husband Daniel Barclay of Lansing, Michigan; and Catherine and husband Keita Kawahata of Bradenton; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother Ronald; and sister Karen.
Amos H. Shelton Jr.
Amos H. Shelton Jr., 78, of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 22 in Bradenton.
He was born March 30, 1941, to Amos and Margie. He graduated from Clay High School in Kentucky and pursued engineering at Murray State University.
In 1962, he moved to Long Island, New York, where he worked construction.
Shortly after the birth of his first daughter in 1963, he moved his family to Calvert City, Kentucky, where he worked as a draftsman and consultant for several chemical and alloy plants.
The 1970s proved to be his most transitional decade as he began work in Fulton, Kentucky, with three children as a surveyor and draftsman for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
In 1972, he returned to his hometown of Clay and began working for Mapco Coal Co. He continued his surveying and drafting career there and became a licensed professional engineer just a few years later. By the end of the 1970s, he and his family were living in Marshall County, Kentucky, and he was cofounder and eventual owner of LWD Inc. until his retirement 25 years later.
In 2004, he married Janet Walker and they resided in Holmes Beach. They enjoyed making frequent trips north to visit family and friends who did not live with them in paradise.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Walker of Holmes Beach; children Sherri Carroll and husband David, Midge Shelby and husband Tim and Amos H. “Trey” III and wife Jenny, all of Gilbertsville; stepchildren Richard Walker and wife Leslie of Franklin, Tennessee, and Chris Walker and wife Louise of Nashville, Tennessee; sister Angela Blackburn and husband Bill of Bradenton; grandchildren Caitlin Carroll, John and Catherine; step-grandson Joey; and step-great-grandson Jackson.