John Franklin Griffith

Born: Tue., Mar. 2, 1943
Died: Wed., Sep. 19, 2007

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John Franklin “Sonny” Griffith, age 64, of Union Point, Georgia, died Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. A native of Newton County he was born March 2, 1943 to the late John Edgar Griffith and Lorene Kenny Griffith. He attended Shady Dale School and at the age of seventeen joined the United States Army. He was stationed in Texas and drove a gas transport truck. On March 4, 1966 he married Betty Worthen of Union Point. In 1968 he returned to the Army during the Vietnam War. He helped Sweetapple Plastics open in Greensboro and in 1974 started working for NIBCO as a maintenance mechanic retiring after 34 years of service. Along with his family he operated B & B Quick Stop and was a member and ordained deacon of Bethesda Baptist Church in Union Point. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved fishing, his family and going to the kids and grandkids ballgames. In addition to his wife of forty-one years, Betty Worthen Griffith of Union Point, GA, he is survived by two sons, Mike Griffith and Joey Griffith both of Union Point, GA; two sisters, Jerry G. Mote and husband Raymond of Cleveland, GA and Linda G. Batchelor and husband Johnny of Eatonton, GA; a brother, Tim Holt Griffith of Bethlehem, GA; two granddaughters, Brittany Griffith and Rebecca Griffith; and a number of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Frances Griffith, Bobby Griffith and Minnie Pearl Griffith; and nephews, Shane Mote and Chad Clark. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Duvall and Rev. Jim Olds officiating. Interment services will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrew Brian Speed, Victor Garcia, John Rowe, Officer Eddie Sanders, Sgt. Greg Perkins, Deputy Don Smith, Jimmy Thornton and Ruben Worthen. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Nichols, Ray Price, Al Chester, Gregory Bell, Cadet William Smith, Chief Richard Campbell, Deputy Thomas Moore, Sgt. Lee Stancil and Deputy Travis Goss. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Lem and Sandy Clark
   Posted Thu September 20, 2007
We remember John as a very hard working man who was devoted to his family. Due to previous out-of-town commitments, we will be unable to attend either the visitation Friday night or the service Saturday, but please be assured of our prayers. Our thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.

Gene & Gail Lindsey
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
Dear Betty, Mike and Joey, We were so sorry to hear of the death of Sonny. We will not be able to be with you this weekend but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Ruth Brown
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the family. May God comfort you during this sad time.

Tammy Anderson
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
Dear "Miss" Betty, Mike and Joey, I am really sorry to hear of John's death. I know how much he will be missed by you all. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all! Love, Tammy

Lynn & Darryl Kitchens
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
Dear Ms. Betty,Mike,& Joey: I have so many fond memories of Sonny and you all. I will be out of town tomorrow with Dottie but will see you tonight. Lean on God and he will get you through. Love you all, Lynn & Darryl

Margaret Patrick
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
What a wonderful man! I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Griffith's passing; however, the Lord has added to His Kingdom. Mr. Griffith was so unselfish and always looked after everyone else. He was so special to the girl's softball team and I don't know what we would have done without him. My prayers are with you all.

Tammy Underwood
   Posted Fri September 21, 2007
We were so sorry to hear about Mr. John, Tommy will miss him at work. Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this shocking time. We will continue to think of you in your time of need. Tommy and Tammy Underwood

Thomas and Donna Vandiver
   Posted Sun September 23, 2007
We send our deepest sympathy to your entire family at this time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Louise Cason Bentley
   Posted Mon October 01, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.