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In Memory of

Walter Henry Grosh

July 28, 1928 - September 14, 2017

Obituary


Walter "Henry" Grosh , 89, of Tucker, Georgia received a call from the love of his life that their new house in Heaven has been completed, and she has decorated it, and was ready for him to join her. On Thursday, September 14, 2017, he shut his earthly eyes for the last time, slipped away, and then opened his eternal eyes to find Louise, his wife of 66 years standing at the pearly gates waiting for him. He fought the battle on earth bravely, but his Heavenly Father took his hand, and welcomed him home....

Walter "Henry" Grosh , 89, of Tucker, Georgia received a call from the love of his life that their new house in Heaven has been completed, and she has decorated it, and was ready for him to join her. On Thursday, September 14, 2017, he shut his earthly eyes for the last time, slipped away, and then opened his eternal eyes to find Louise, his wife of 66 years standing at the pearly gates waiting for him. He fought the battle on earth bravely, but his Heavenly Father took his hand, and welcomed him home. His remembrance service will be held on September 19, 2017 at Floral Hills Funeral Home located at 3150 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, Georgia. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service at 2:00 pm. Immediately following the service, his family and friends will honor him with an escort to Floral Hills Cemetery, where his earthly body will be laid to rest next to Louise's.
Walter Henry Grosh was born on July 28, 1928 in Boston Heights, Ohio. He grew up near Akron, Ohio. His mother and father were school teachers. His childhood home was originally built in 1832 as a woolen mill, but was converted to private residences in the 1890's, is still standing, and is the oldest woolen mill known to still be standing in Ohio. He was the youngest of five children, and attended Ghent Christian Church.
In 1946, Henry graduated from Bath High School in June, and almost immediately enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the 5th Cavalry Regiment in the 1st Cavalry Division. He qualified as a Marksman on the M1 Rifle, but the war was ending and he preferred fighting for the Lord. He was assigned as a Chaplains assistant in occupied Japan, where he met Gene McGee. Henry was honorably discharged as a Technician Fifth Grade at the end of January in 1948. He went where he felt the Lord was leading him and moved to Mrs. McGee's Boarding House in Atlanta, Georgia. Following God's lead to Atlanta allowed him to meet Mary Louise Cronic, who was also living in the boarding house, in March of 1948.
Henry began courting Louise. In January of 1949, Henry's love for music, along with both of their loves for the scriptures, led them to a new adventure. They both answered God's call and enrolled in Nyack College in Nyack, New York. Henry studied Sacred Music while Louise studied Christian Education. Their love for God and each other grew, and they were married on June 11, 1950. They took the next year off and moved to Cleveland, Ohio to work and save money for school. They returned to school in the fall of 1951, completing their studies in 1953.
After they both graduated, God called them to Atlanta, Georgia where they both headed up Youth for Christ (YFC) from 1953 until 1970. They were able to facilitate youth rallies on the weekends, to encourage young people to follow Christ. Through a combination of music, entertainment, and special speakers, the organization was able to reach thousands of young people who made the choice to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Henry was in charge of the music, and did his best to use it to reach the young people. Many of those he met during his years of service in YFC have been friends with him till the end. In the last few days, so many of them have recalled the joy of him singing their favorite hymns. Those friends are an integral and loving part of our family still today.
Henry and Louise loved helping young people, and their love grew to a point where they wanted to raise children of their own. In 1964, they adopted a precious little girl and named her Esther Elizabeth Grosh. Their love continued to grow and wanted a little boy to complete their family. In 1968, they adopted a son, Jonathan Mark Grosh. Henry and Louise raised their children the same way they taught the young people of YFC.to love the Lord.
While working at YFC, Henry and Louise became involved in a film ministry, which utilized movies to further the word of the Lord. In the early 1970's, the film ministry had grown so much that it became a full time endeavor. Henry and Louise left YFC and opened Gospel Witness Films, serving the spiritual needs of hundreds of churches until 1995. Henry ran the business while Louise served as secretary, along with their longtime friend Jenelle Worthington, and eventually Berry Davis.
During this time, Henry was the Minister of Music of Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta. They moved to Colonial Hills Baptist Church in East Point, and eventually settled at First Alliance Church in Atlanta. Henry was leader of the music ministry at each church. During this time, the film ministry continued to grow, and became the largest distributorship of Christian films in the South. Henry also served on the board of directors at Dekalb Christian Academy, where Esther and Jonathan attended school from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Henry was blessed with a grandson from Jonathan, Caleb Michael-Jason Grosh, in April 1992 and another grandson, Joshua Kevin Grosh in October 1993. His blessings multiplied as God brought his only granddaughter, Rebekah Elizabeth to Esther in December 1996, followed by another grandson, Joshua Alan in July of 2000.
In the spring of 2010, after Henry's Parkinson's took his ability to drive, Jonathan and his wife Tamra moved to Atlanta to help out. Tamra became the care giver for Henry and Louise, taking them to doctor appointments, running errands, and managing the household. Henry wanted to take a final trip to Ohio to see his Brother, Leroy, while he and Louise could still travel. Jonathan, Tamra, Caleb, and Joshua Kevin took Henry and Louise on that journey to Ohio a few years ago. Henry loved singing and music, and was involved in choirs, whether leading or singing, for almost his entire life. He sang solo's, and even sang some duets with Louise, but his favorite singing partner was Bob Pirkle. The two of them could turn heads as soon as the melodies began. It didn't matter where or when, they both loved to sing.
Henry was blessed with remarkable friends. King and Charlotte Little, Jack and Norvella Delany, Frank and Jenelle Worthington, Tommy and Jo Ann Watkins, Joe and Allene Burdette, Ed and Teal Teat, YT and Patsy Allen. Almost yearly Henry and Louise would meet with these great friends at Mary Mac's Tea Room to smile and share memories. Mary Mac's Tea room was delighted as Henry and Bob entertained the guests when everyone got together. The last time that Henry could sing clearly, He and Bob sang their last duet together while celebrating Henry and Louise's anniversary in June of 2015. He cherished his children and grandchildren immensely. Most importantly he loved his wife, Louise, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Henry was preceded in his journey to Heaven by his wife of 66 years, Louise. He is also preceded by his father Walter Grosh and Mother Elizabeth Grosh; his sister's Louis Fulton and Mary Ruth Haynes; in May, his last sister, Charlotte Miller went home, and only a few weeks ago at the end of August, his only brother, Leroy Grosh, made his joyous journey to Heaven. Henry is now reunited with his parents and siblings, but most importantly with his wife.
Henry is survived by his daughter, Esther Yute, and his grandchildren Rebekah Elizabeth and Joshua Alan Yute; his son, Jonathan Grosh, his daughter in law and loving care giver Tamra Grosh, his grandchildren Caleb Michael Jason and Joshua Kevin Grosh; his brother in law, Junior Welton Cronic; he is also survived by several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.