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Clarence Groover, Jr was an organist for the Fisherman of Men Church, he attracted musician all over the nations capital, he was a local star while attending Howard University studing in the field of Music. Many now well renowed musicians often from time to time shared their musical with FOM. He was known the gentle giant every bit of 6.5FT. He supported the ministry as sound guy, custodian and Church and citywide musician.
He had a unique way of opening peoples’ eyes and touching their hearts with his loving personality
Clarence Groover Jr was born 1977 in Washington DC. He was the only son of our founders. From an early age his life was dedicated to the service of Christ Jesus. At the
age of two he was christened by the late William L. Bonner, Chief Apostle of the COOLJC. He
was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age. He received his formal education in the Prince George’s County School System graduating from NW High School. Clarence Jr
attended Howard University & Montgomery College as a music major. He excelled as a
salesman and supervisor working for Papyrus Corporation and Cole Haan in Pentagon City, VA,
receiving several awards for his work and incomparable customer service.
Clarence Jr was a gifted musician, showing his natural talents from an early age. He began
playing drums but was later drawn to the piano. Having an incredible ear for music he honed
his craft and was inspired by the late Johnny Burns. With his musical gifts he brought joy to all
who heard him whether it be the congregants of FOMC or various settings throughout the DMV
Metro area. He was a local star and drew many music lovers and fellow musicians to FOMC. He
cheerfully worked in his home church as a sound tech, musician, and maintained the integrity
of the house of God as a custodian.
Our gentle giant grew to be 6’5” but his stature was accompanied with what many describe as
an angelic nature. Though he was spoiled by his sisters, he never brought trouble to his family’s
doorstep. He was an avid restauranter who often made it to trendy eateries before the rest of
the family. It was October 2003 when he tragically passed from a car accident. He was kind-
hearted, approachable, loving, affectionate, stylish, a budding comedian, supportive and
genuine. Clarence Jr continues to live in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.