William David Griffis

Passed away on March 20, 2020

William “Bill” or “Buddy” D. Griffis, age 82, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on March 20, 2020 at his home in Rolling Hills. He was born Dec 11, 1937 in Lake Park GA in a sharecropper family. His mother and grandfather passed when he was 13 years old, and he and his brother raised themselves. Bill enlisted in the Army in 1960 and met his future wife Lieselotte while serving in Stuttgart, Germany. They were celebrating 59 years of marriage in July of this year. After serving in Vietnam, Bill left the Army and worked for the City of Jacksonville Motor Pool for 37 years. Bill coached many young men in baseball at Lake Shore Athletic Association from the late 70s into the late 90’s. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Bill was a man of few words but offered pearls of wisdom as the opportunity arose. He was a source of unconditional help to all of us in any time of need. It is believed that he coached or watched over 5000 youth events of various sports throughout the years where his children or grandchildren played. He was a fan of whoever the children or grandchildren liked. He spent many a Saturday night at the races on Plymouth St. and then Pecan Park Rd. He enjoyed helping the University of Florida’s Navigator compete in the 2005 Darpa Grand Challenge Autonomous Vehicle Race.

Grandpa was preceded in death by daughter Nicole. Grandpa is survived by wife Lieselotte, sons Michael (wife Karen), David (wife Bonnie), and Lance (wife Marianne), and grandchildren Daniel, Emily, Jacklyn, Ryan, Ryder, Leiryn, Mackenzie, and Lincoln. He is also survived by brother Dewey.

Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205 is serving the family. Please leave words of comfort at


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Diane Hamm

March 27, 2020

Thanks Buddy on behalf of the Hamm Family for living such a great and wonderful life and raising your family to do the same. Lee, I pray that God wraps his loving arms around you and helps you find comfort after your soulmate and best friend passed. I am the daughter of Jack Dempsey Hamm. Let us rejoice in the name of of Lord, for the family reunion in Heaven. I also ask our Lord to guide Buddy's family during their grief. We came from a long line of Soldiers, so together with my Army Son of 20 years, we salute you! All my love, Diane Hamm.

Holli Craven

March 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this extremely difficult time. What a testament of character he leaves behind. You guys have raised wonderful men... and it shines in their individual families as well. I know he must have been at peace knowing that Lee would be well taken care of after he left this earth!

Lee Griffis

March 24, 2020

Bill is my life. We were together 59 years. Together we built a wonderful family. Bill loved all of us with a warm and giving heart. His devotion to family has been passed down to his three sons. We are all grateful to have been with him when he passed. He is watching over us from heaven with our daughter, Nicky. I wish I had “One more day with you”. Until we meet again. Lee