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Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

OBITUARY

Francis Lynn Griffith

April 26, 1932October 14, 2019
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Francis “Lynn” Griffith, 87, of Harrisonburg passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on October 14, 2019.

He was born on April 26, 1932 in Front Royal, VA and was the son of the late Benjamin Albert and Annabelle Frances Reid Griffith, the third of eight children.

At age 16, Lynn quit school and proceeded to begin working three jobs. In 1953, at age 21, he opened Griffith Bag Company. At that time, there were 14 bag companies in Harrisonburg and today it is the one and only Bag Company doing business in Virginia. The family owned Griffith Bag Company for 66 years, up to March of this year. He also established and owned Roosevelt Square Apartments.

Lynn was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Rockingham Union Lodge #27 A. F. & A. M., and a founding member of Valley Kart Club.

Over the years, he enjoyed Cushman scooters, go-karts, racecars, and snowmobiles. He was an avid automobile enthusiast and collector. He enjoyed traveling with his wife in the 48 continental states in his motor home with Vogue RV Club for many years.

Lynn is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Betty Alice Deavers Griffith; two sons, Larry Griffith and wife, Linda, of Clarksville, TN and Gregory Griffith of Harrisonburg; a granddaughter, Janet Rowland and husband, Tommy; two grandsons, Matthew Griffith and wife, Nicole, and Bryan Griffith; four great-grandchildren, Haley and Maddie Rowland, Matthew “MJ” Griffith, Jr. and Caroline Griffith; a brother, Benjamin “Ray” Griffith; three sisters, Mildred Derrer, Judy Liskey, and Sue Carol Todd.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth and Mitchell Griffith, and sister, Nancy Seaman.

The family will receive friends, 11-noon, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A funeral service will follow at Noon with Rev. Adam Blagg officiating. Burial will be at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 187 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Chris Grandle

November 6, 2019

Betty, Larry, & Gregg,

I just yesterday heard about your Dad's passing. Sure sorry to hear it. He was a great, gentle, and kind person and I liked him. My sympathies and condolences to you all and from my Mother as well.

Chris Grandle

Lewis Bagwell

October 20, 2019

Worked for the Griffith’s out of high school great family my condolences please

Yolanda Waggy

October 19, 2019

Betty and family we are so sorry for your loss. Lynn will be missed.

Connie and Ron Kersh

October 18, 2019

Mrs. Griffith, Larry and Greg,
We are so very sorry for your loss. I looked at every picture posted...so many memories and so much love for his family. We know he will be missed by many.
Many prayers for all,
Connie and Ron Kersh

Jeffrey Nemoytin

October 18, 2019

Greg read about your dad’s passing in the dnr sorry he was a fine gentleman and a good businessman
My dad also spoke highly of your dad
RIP Lynn and condolences to the family
The Nemoytin’s

Cheryl Floyd

October 18, 2019

Greg-
So saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. Prayers being lifted during this time of grief and sorrow.

Linda Whitmer

October 17, 2019

Betty, sorry to hear of Lynn's passing he will missed. From childhood to manhood he was a great mentor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! God Bless! Wayne & Linda Whitmer

Eric Hillyard

October 17, 2019

Greg and family, so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. So many years at Otterbein UMC. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Adrian Leal

October 16, 2019

Matthew & Nicole ,

Sorry to hear of your Granpa Griffith passing. Sending prayers from Texas.

Adrian, Belinda, Adam & Abigail.

J Michael Lam

October 16, 2019

Greg, and family so sorry to hear the passing of your father. Remember so many Sundays at the Kart Track and watching the races. He will be sadly missed.

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Biography

Francis “Lynn” Griffith, 87, of Harrisonburg passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on October 14, 2019.

He was born on April 26, 1932 in Front Royal, VA and was the son of the late Benjamin Albert and Annabelle Frances Reid Griffith, the third of eight children.

At age 16, Lynn quit school and proceeded to begin working three jobs. In 1953, at age 21, he opened Griffith Bag Company. At that time, there were 14 bag companies in Harrisonburg and today it is the one and only Bag Company doing business in Virginia. The family owned Griffith Bag Company for 66 years, up to March of this year. He also established and owned Roosevelt Square Apartments.

Lynn was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Rockingham Union Lodge #27 A. F. & A. M., and a founding member of Valley Kart Club.

Over the years, he enjoyed Cushman scooters, go-karts, racecars, and snowmobiles. He was an avid automobile enthusiast and collector. He enjoyed traveling with his wife in the 48 continental states in his motor home with Vogue RV Club for many years.

Lynn is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Betty Alice Deavers Griffith; two sons, Larry Griffith and wife, Linda, of Clarksville, TN and Gregory Griffith of Harrisonburg; a granddaughter, Janet Rowland and husband, Tommy; two grandsons, Matthew Griffith and wife, Nicole, and Bryan Griffith; four great-grandchildren, Haley and Maddie Rowland, Matthew “MJ” Griffith, Jr. and Caroline Griffith; a brother, Benjamin “Ray” Griffith; three sisters, Mildred Derrer, Judy Liskey, and Sue Carol Todd.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth and Mitchell Griffith, and sister, Nancy Seaman.

The family will receive friends, 11-noon, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A funeral service will follow at Noon with Rev. Adam Blagg officiating. Burial will be at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 187 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.