Sunday, June 24, 2007, obituaries

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Juan Tyson Griffin

Funeral services for Juan Tyson Griffin, who died on June 18, 2007, at the home of his daughter, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brundidge with the Rev. T.B. Moultry officiating.

Burial was in Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church cemetery with George F. Grubbs Funeral Home directing.

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Mr. Griffin was known to many as J.T. He was born to the late Mellonese Wheeler-Lovings on Oct. 20, 1942.

As an infant, he began a wonderful life in the home of Robert and Josephine Flowers, who nurtured and loved him greatly.

He received Christ early in life and worked with his mother, Jocie, in the church well beyond his youth. J.T. grew up in Brundidge and graduated from Pike County High School in 1958. He enjoyed softball, basketball and fishing. He was well known and truly enjoyed life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was loved, cherished and will indeed be missed by all of us.

He married Betty Franklin on April 6, 1963. To this union was born four children.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Mellonese Wheeler-Lovings; his parents, Robert and Josephine Flowers; and two sisters, Anna Louise Williams and Foree Griffin.

He is preceded in death by his ex-wife, Betty Griffin; his children, Don Griffin, Donna (Marvin) Henderson, Tracy Thomas, Mark Griffin, Lynn McLeod, Stephanie Williams and Dana (Ivy) Berry; five sisters, Annette Carter, Sonja Crawford, Sylvia Simmons, Eloise Wheeler and Tonya Forte; three brothers, George (Donna) Griffin, Samuel Griffin and Louis (Robyn) Wheeler; his grandchildren, Ashley Griffin, DeMarc Thomas, Taylor Henderson, Austin Henderson, Malik Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Lauren McLeod, Raven Campbell, Jazmyn Campbell and Daija Campbell; a great-granddaughter, Ryann Thomas; two aunts, Foy Pickett and May Copeland; and a host of other relatives and devoted friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers were friends of the family.