April 22nd, 1933 - March 7th, 2018
Rev. Bobby (Grove) Musgrove Sr, was born on April 22, 1933 in Oneida, Kentucky. His parents were Jason and Hester Musgrove. He had two sisters, Betty McKenzie and Barbara June Richmond. He also had a brother, Jack.
Rev. Grove married Fayette Boggs on December 31, 1954. They remained happily married for the next 63 years until his death. They have four sons: Bobby Frank Musgrove Jr, Jackson Weldon Musgrove, Danny Joe Musgrove, and Jeffrey Irvin Musgrove.
Rev. Grove is survived by his four sons and three of their wives. Those beloved family members include his son Bobby Frank Jr and Bobby Jr’s wife Debbie, his son Jackson and Jackson’s wife Linda, his son Danny and Danny’s wife Rhonda, and Rev. Grove’s youngest son Jeffrey.
Rev. Grove is also survived by eight grandchildren. They include Erica Day and her husband Rob; Bobby III and his wife, Erica; Aaron and his wife Melissa, and granddaughters Caitlin and Taylor. Rev. Grove also has three great grandchildren: Finley, Phoenix and Lyric.
Rev. Grove was preceded in death by his father Jason, his mother Hester, his brother Jack, and his sisters Betty and Barbara June. His granddaughter Kimberly Ann, died at birth. Rev. Grove was also preceded in death by his father-in-law Boyd Boggs, his mother-in-law Elvira Boggs, and several other family members including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Rev. Grove served two years in the United States Army, including 18 months on the front line in Korea. After the ceasefire in Korea, he formed an all-soldiers band that entertained both officers and troops as well. Rev. Grove was honorably discharged in September 1954, and he met his wife Faye shortly after he got back to the United States. They were married three months after they met. Rev. Grove was 22 and Sister Faye was 17.
Part of Rev. Grove’s amazing career in music included his going to Nashville, Tennessee and performing on the same stage with various country music artists such as Roy Acuff. Rev. Grove also traveled and performed in many live country concerts in a wide variety of venues.
Rev. Grove wrote and recorded several country music songs. He also worked as a disk jockey for a number of country music stations. His professional life took a dramatic turn when he developed a serious illness and had to be hospitalized. During that time, Pastor Vaughn from the Asberry Tabernacle in Cincinnati, Ohio, visited Rev. Grove often. Soon after that, Rev. Grove gave his heart to God and became a born-again Christian.
That born-again experience changed the whole direction of Rev. Grove’s music from country to country-gospel. He produced and recorded 54 albums. One of them, Jesus, This is Jimmy, became a gold record.
At some time during his early Christian music career, Rev. Grove felt the calling of God and started preaching and evangelizing. He became known as "The Singing Preacher". One of his first endeavors was to start a tent ministry in which he and his loving wife and four sons traveled the country doing tent revivals and trying to win as many souls for God as they possibly could.
Rev. Grove and his wife Sister Faye (herself an ordained minister) eventually founded Soul Winners Church in Fairfield, Ohio, and continued as co-pastors there for the next 39 years. Sister Faye continues pastoring there now, and is deeply committed to keeping her husband’s ministry alive. The church is located at 2561 Ramona Lane, Fairfield.
Part of the ministry which Rev. Grove and Sister Faye have always shared involved a profound passion and love for children and the homeless. That passion resulted in their decision to take a large part of the royalties they had earned from Rev. Grove’s gold album, Jesus This is Jimmy, and use it to open a children’s home. The ministry soon expanded to include the Haven House Emergency Shelter, originally located at 319 Maple Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio. This was the first homeless shelter in Butler County. Its primary focus now is to shelter homeless families, whether they be single moms with children, single dads with children, or intact families.
Haven House Emergency Shelter is now located at 550 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio. For more than 30 years, Haven House has provided thousands of nights of shelter to the homeless and needy. Every resident there is provided with three meals a day. Haven House staff also works with many community agencies in an effort to transition Haven House residents into permanent housing and to help them find steady employment. Haven House residents are also given whatever they need with regard to shoes, clothing, warm coats, diapers, etc.
Rev. Grove and Sister Faye have always been extremely grateful to all the people, churches, corporations and organizations who have supported this 35-year-old ministry. One of Rev. Grove’s last wishes was to urge the community to continue to support Haven House. Sister Faye, with the assistance of her grandson, Bobby Musgrove III, are committed to keeping the ministry alive and strong so that Haven House’s doors will always be open and ready to welcome whatever children and families may need it.
Rev. Grove had a special place in his heart for the homeless, and his family is thankful to all his supporters and brothers and sisters in Christ who have helped him realize this massive dream. Rev. Grove’s favorite scripture was always Matthew: 25, verses 34 through 46, and that became the bedrock for his whole life’s work.
Funeral service will be held at the Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton Glendale Road, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Garry Dalton and Pastor Barry Clardy officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haven House Emergency Shelter, 550 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 or www.havenhouseshelter.org.
|You will greatly be missed. A little singing preacher. You had a great annointing on your life. You won many lost soul's to Christ Jesus you was a mighty man of God. Whom I looked up to you ever since I was a child. You were a great impression on my life I Alway's looked up to you. We shared the Love for horses. You will be missed by all. R. I. P. Rev. Bobby Grove|
|God Bless the Musgrove family!|
Barbara Parker Woolum
|So sad to hear of Brother Groves passing but, his work on this earth was finished. He Performed my sister my sister and brother-in-lawâ€˜s wedding years ago in the Somerville Pentecostal church. My dad Riley Parker was also a great man of God . My dad either bought or brother Grove gave him several of his albums. My sister used to play the albums and sing with brother Grove for hours at a time. She is still singing and playing the organ in the Summerville Penecostal church. A lot of our great ministers are celebrating in heaven today. God bless your family and help and comfort you during this time|
Becky Owens cook
|Aunt Faye I am so sorry I know your heart is broken I know you will Miss your Bobby here on Earth but one day you will Join this Angel in Heaven he will be waiting for you their, he was a Godly man who stayed busy being the hands and feet of Jesus everyday helping people in many ways he grew weak and tired and our Heavley Father new it was time to give him peace..I am praying for comfort and piece and Jesus to keep his arms around you and help you through the next few days and the days to come with out your sweet Bobby .. love you Aunt Faye know I may be fair away but your in my heart and my prayers...|
|will be missed thought alot of him|
Cathy Rice & Evang. Carl W. Rice
|Sis. Faye and family, you have our deepest condolences on the lose of bro. Bobby. Prayers for you and your family for God to give you strength to make it from day to day. I have fond memories of bro. Bobby with my dad preaching at your church and having him to sing my favorite song, "Jesus, this is Jimmy". God Bless.|
|So sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He did a great job here on earth. My husband, Jim Simpson, wrrotte and played music with Bobby in the 50s and 60s. They recorded "old dollar sign" together. My deepest sympathy to the family. charlotte simpson, knoxville, tn|
|So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you. He was a great man of God.|
Darrell and Pam Baker
|A great man of God,great is his reward|
|i never met Bro. Bobby Grove but i wish i would have so all my prayers and wishes go out to the family|
Debbie Cox Earls
|So sorry to hear about Bobby. I just found out last night. I would have come to his visitation if I had known. We enjoyed many talks about horses & his love for them when he came to the store. He will be missed. Keeping the Sister Faye & the family in my thoughts & prayers.|
Elise Pike Henley
|a lot of good memories from childhood. always enjoyed his ministry. loved him and your family. He will be deeply missed. prayers going up for you and your family. we celebrate you home.|
|I am so sorry for your loss Brother Bobby is going to be miss. He was always a friendly and caring person.|
Hester Lee (Mckenzie) Todd
|Rest in peace, Uncle Bobby. You are loved and will be missed greatly! It's as if I could hear the Lord saying, " Bobby, this is Jesus, Bobby, this is Jesus, come on home son, your work on earth is done!"|
Juana Rae Boggs Wollenhaupt
|Faye and family. So sorry to hear of Bro. Bobby's passing. He was a wonderful man and child of God. May God bless and comfort all of you. Love. (Uncle Hiram's daughter)|
|To Bobby Grove III, so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather. It's so good to know you are continuing to carry out his wishes to keep Haven House Shelter open for those in need. My prayers are with you & your family at this time.|
Julie Weber jeffers
|I just wanted to thank the Grove families .. and Thank sister Faye I attended many many times growing up.. it was a special trip to come to church and one time in particular was the best memory I have.. was watching my Daddy give his life to God.. watching the change that took place in his life but in our lives as children.. when you see the change in someone that is evident to all you see the power of the hand of God.. the Love of Jesus Christ in them .. shortly after my Daddy passed away and our family was torn apart us children ended up in orphanages and foster homes.. I ofter remember my Dad had got a settlement and made a donation he wanted to help orphanages and homeless .. to me this was God his own children ended up orphan and at times homeless.. through life we strayed away from God.. but see Teach a child in the way they should go they shall return.. well I seen I felt I learned.. I lived but then I returned and delicate my life to God!! Through it all God was there as I look back.. and Thank God for Brother's and Sisters who preach and teach .. because of people like pastor Grove and Sister Faye.. their family people like me my Families.. my Daddy.. my sister's. Would never know the love of Jesus.. The Love of God who gave his son His self to us.. I share my testimony with anyone who will listen.. do many many more .. Thank you .. all Glory To God!! There is a good song I would love to share if you will look it up I'm sure you will be blessed.. pastor Tommy Bates .. I wonder what they are doing in heaven today.. what a awesome song.. and thought.. so many have gone on.. greats.. what a celebration it must be!! May God bless you all and keep you.. xoxoxo|
Kimberly Diane Ward
|Dearest aunt faye, I'm so very sorry you are on my mind and in my thoughts love you dearly kimberly (boggs)|
Kimberly Diane Ward
|Dearest aunt faye, I'm so very sorry you are on my mind and in my thoughts love you dearly kimberly (boggs)|
|Dear Miss Faye,I'm so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and your family, Leanne at Michael's Salon|
Lisa Willis Paproski
|I'm so sorry to hear of your passing. I remember going to church there back in the 70's and 80's with my mother Joan Willis and my grandparents Reverend Leonard and Mildred Helton. I loved to listen to you sing. My favorite was Rise and Shine. R.I.P Brother Bobby i will miss you.|
|I'm so sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.|
|I'm so sorry for your loss prayers are with you and the family Bobby was such a special man he had a heart for everyone he's prayed for me alot love to hear him sing and preach and tell his little stories you sure will be missed brother Bobby love always Melissa.|
|Thank so much for keeping me close with the lord. I really enjoyed Your records. I wish i could find you on cds. God bless your family.|
Norma J Riegel
|I remember hearing Bro. Bobby when I was a child. I grew up in Bro. Vaughn church in Dayton, Ohio. He will be missed by a lot of true friends. God bless you all.|
Pastor Denny Matheny
|Bro. Bobby has been an inspiration to me in my ministry. Our prayers are with Sis. Faye and family.|
Pastor Dr. Darroll Alexander
|Bro. Bobby was a General for the Kingdom of God. May God embrace Sis. Faye and Family during this time. Bro. Bobby will always hold a special place in our Family's heart.|
|I have been blessed to be part of this church family, over the years. God sent me back 2 years ago with my sister Michelle and shortly followed by my brother Larry. We are going to miss brother Bobby here on earth But I know he's shouting on the hills of glory My prayers are with the family. We Love you all ! God Bless!|
Roger and Carol Baker
|Sister Faye and family! Our prayers are with you all! Bobby was a great blessing to our family! He will be missed, but we will meet him again soon! We love you and are praying for you!|
|R.I.P. Rev. Bobby. Heaven gained another Angel when he called you home.|
|Love this man of God and his entire family...Heaven just got a little sweeter!!|
|You have my condolences ,He was an awesome man of God and God sure Blessed him in his singing ~ My heart aches with your hearts But we know we shall meet again and I can't Wait , Lord I Pray Be with the family and ease their pain ~|