William C. Griffin

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William C. Griffin

1934 - 2018

William C. Griffin Colonel William C. Griffin, "Grif" to many, "Sonny" to family, passed away peacefully in the loving company of family Saturday evening, October 27th, following a brief illness, in Atlanta, Georgia. A celebration of Grif's life will be held at the chapel at Canterbury Court 3750 Peachtree Road, in Atlanta, at 10 AM on Saturday November 17. A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Thomaston, Georgia at 11 AM on Saturday November 24. In lieu of flowers Grif has requested that donations be made in his memory to Christ Episcopal Church of Valdosta, Georgia (229) 242-5115. Grif is survived by his dedicated wife Lucile Johnston Griffin, their two children, Schaune and William, and three grandsons Sean Cooper Carter, Evan Durant Carter, and Adrian Russell Carter. Grif was born January 14, 1934 in Upson County, Georgia to Earle Caldwell Griffin, and Oscar Raymond Griffin. They have preceded him in death, as have his siblings Edna Louise Griffin Schelter, Olive Virginia Griffin Bailey, Oscar Raymond Griffin Jr., Lucy Claire Griffin Perry, John Gilbert Griffin, and Marjorie Josephine Griffin Moser. Growing up in Columbus, Georgia, Grif attended Saint Elmo School, and graduated from Columbus High School, where he was on the basketball, track and tennis teams, and participated in Air Force ROTC. In 1956 he graduated from the University of Georgia, where he excelled in the Air Force ROTC program and was on the Georgia Bulldogs cheerleading squad. Following college graduation, he immediately entered into a successful career in the United States Air Force that spanned over 23 years, during which he obtained a Master's Degree in Geography from Syracuse University, New York. He loved flying and his assignments as a reconnaissance pilot in the RF-101 Voodoo and the RF4C Phantom, as General Staff Officer to Seventh Air Force Command MACV, as Commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at Valdosta State College, and as Defense Attache to Zaire with the United States Embassy, including his additional role as pilot of the US Embassy Beechcraft Super King Air on diplomatic missions. Grif and Lucile retired to Valdosta, Georgia in 1979 where they were members of Christ Episcopal Church and supporters of the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission and of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Grif was a member of the Rotary Club of Valdosta and of the Daedalians, an accomplished needlework artist and an avid student of astronomy.
Published on November 7, 2018
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Saturday November 17, 2018

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Canterbury Court - Chapel

3750 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA

Graveside service

Saturday November 24, 2018

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Glenwood Cemetery

Thomaston, GA, USA

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J Grady Lacy
Nov 17, 2018
Grif was a fellow parishioner at Christ Church in Valdosta. He also attended two of my classes at Valdosta State. He had a wonderful sense of humor. I remember once a fellow student asked him when he was born, and he said, “Do you want my first birthdate or my second? His second, he said, was the day he woke up from the coma from which they thought he never would after a horrendous accident in Zaïre!”
I am so sorry to hear of his death! My sincerest condolences to his surviving family members.
J. Edward Wills
Nov 14, 2018
14 Nov. 2018, "Griff" Griffin was eulogized at the meeting of the Valdosta Rotary Club.
J. Edward Willis
Saint Elmo Class of 1942
Columbus HS Class of 1946
Univ. of Georgia Class 0f 1950