James Griffin

July 6, 1924March 12, 2018

James Alva Griffin, 93, of Atlanta, GA, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018, at Halcyon Hospice. He was born July 6, 1924 in Plains, GA to John Livingston Griffin and Ruth Pennington Griffin. He served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II with an Honorable Discharge in 1945. His experiences during the Normandy Invasion with the dead and dying awakened a compassion for the families left behind. He followed that path to a long, fulfilling career as a funeral director, working for H. M. Patterson and Son in Atlanta, primarily as the manager of Oglethorpe Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ruth Gartner Griffin and three children, Wanda Dukes and husband, Robert, Becky McGeehan and husband Patrick, John Griffin and wife Lisa, five grandchildren, Ruth Brown and husband Eric, Ashley Schnabel and husband Matt, Zack McGeehan, Lauren and Michael Griffin, and three great-grandchildren, Reagan Brown, Leighton Brown, and Kennedy Schnabel.

A memorial service will be held at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319, on March 26, 2018, at 11:00 AM. A reception will be held in the Parlor in Gable Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a donation to Our Lady of Perpetual Health Home, 760 Pollard Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 or a favorite charity.


  • Memorial Service Monday, March 26, 2018

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Kathleen Marsden

September 11, 2018

We remember Jim living next door to us in Atlanta. We have and always will have a place in our hearts for both Jim and Ruth. God bless you Jim and Rest In Peace. We hope Ruth that your memories of Jim will give you comfort along with all who love you
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Joanie Dufries

March 18, 2018

Dearest Griffin Family, I wish you all peace at this sad time. Mr. Griffin was such a wonderful friend to the Dufries family and I will always remember how he helped us during some rough times of our own. My parents loved him and to you Johnny and Becky please know I am thinking of you. God bless all of you. What a long life Mr. Griffin had! I know he rests now and hope you will find comfort in the knowledge he is at peace in the arms of God.

Alice Barnett-Folsom

March 17, 2018

I'm so grateful to have been part of the James Griffin family, if not an actual relative. The Barnetts were closeby neighbors of the Griffins for many years. Wanda and I have been friends for over 60 years, almost our whole lives. John and Becky were also friends of my siblings and I. Mr. Griffin took care of us and helped us when my brother John died in 1968. He and my father John were both WWII veterans. Both loved their families very much.
Thankful James is at peace. Much love to my dearest Griffins.
Always in my heart.

Courtney Dufries

March 16, 2018

I am forever grateful to Mr. Griffin for his generosity, and will never forget his kindness. Sincere condolences to the entire family.