Ernest Asbury Grove

Pr. William Police Major

Ernest Asbury Grove, 75, a career law enforcement official who helped build the Prince William County police department, died of congestive heart failure July 1 at Virginia Hospital Center. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Grove had been a Virginia State Police trooper for about 15 years when in 1970 he was hired as the second in command of the newly established Prince William County Police Department. He retired in 1985 with the rank of major.

He was born in New York and raised in Max Meadows, a small town in southwest Virginia.

He served with the Marines in the Korean War and then spent a short stint as a police officer in Front Royal, Va., before becoming a Virginia trooper in 1954. He was assigned to barracks in Norfolk, Warrenton and Arlington.

He attended the FBI National Academy at Quantico in 1971.

He was a member of the Prince William County Fraternal Order of Police and the Virginia State Police Alumni Association.

His interests included fishing, hunting and golf.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Laura Williamson Grove of Arlington; a daughter, Cathy Benner of Warrenton, and a son, Douglas Grove of Arlington; three brothers, David Grove of St. Augustine, Fla., and Jack and Kenneth Grove, both of Front Royal; two sisters, Sally Winn of Front Royal and Ann Kendall of Lithia, Fla.; and three grandchildren.