Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN


Gabriel Wayne Griffin

March 15, 1980October 4, 2019

Gabriel Wayne Griffin, loving father, husband, and patriot, passed away on October 4, 2019 at age 39. Gabe was born March 15, 1980 in Sioux City, Iowa, grew up in San Angelo, Texas, and moved to Tennessee after leaving active duty in 2005.

Gabe joined the United States Air Force in May of 1999 and was stationed at Dyess AFB where he served as a Security Forces K-9 Handler and completed four tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom along with multiple state-side secret service missions. Gabe trained and partnered with his loyal Military Working Dog (MWD) Zasko. While deployed, Gabe and Zasko were the tip of the spear, ensuring routes were clear of explosives and enemy combatants, paving the way for hundreds of US and Coalition Forces. Their actions directly contributed to saving thousands of lives and ensuring strategic strongholds were established. Gabe’s valor was acknowledged with federal awards from the US Air Force, US Navy, and the US Marine Corp.

After serving on active duty for six years, Gabe’s passion to serve his country was fulfilled by joining the Tennessee Air National Guard 134th Security Forces Squadron where he completed an additional tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gabe continued to serve honorably in multiple senior leadership roles. Gabe’s legacy will live in the Security Forces family through the defenders he mentored.

Gabe dedicated his life to service; he humbly served God, proudly served his country, and lovingly served his family.

Gabe held the key to his girls’ hearts – his wife, Jessica, and his daughter, Berkley. He was their hero and their biggest advocate. Gabe was Berkley’s dance partner, her duet partner, her sparring partner, her partner in crime, the source of many of her bad ideas, her teammate, her prince, her pet (whichever she chose for the day), her patient when she wanted to be a doctor, her wrestling opponent, her snuggle buddy, her Superman, and her biggest encourager. Gabe taught Berkley how to love others and show respect no matter how different people may be from her. He showed her what it meant to love your country, love people, and to love the Lord.

Gabe and Jessica were married for ten years and he was her heart. He made her laugh every single day. Gabe loved to push her buttons and then make her smile. Gabe loved Jess like no one else could. They built a home and a family together based on love and laughter that is unparalleled. They shared horrible jokes and off-color humor, often at inappropriate times. Gabe always found the good in situations and often reminded his lovely wife to do the same.

Gabe loved the Texas Rangers, the Tennessee Vols, and playing competitive volleyball. He had a sense of humor that could change the mood of any room. His quick wit and timing provided relief during the most awkward and stressful situations. In return, he had the ability to quickly make any situation awkward and tense. His positive outlook on life was contagious and impacted everyone he came in contact with.

Gabe is survived by his adoring wife, Jessica Griffin; his precious daughter, Berkley Griffin; proud and loving parents, Gary and Penny Griffin; sister, Marissa Tucker and her husband, Matt, and their children, Max and Marley Tucker; remarkable mother and father-in-law, Steve and Diane Buffalo; brother-in-law, Chad Buffalo and Jenna Scalf; special aunt Donna Caudill; amazing friend and sister wife, Brandy Ward; aunts; uncles; generations of cousins; a magnitude of friends; and an extended military family.

Gabe is preceded in death by grandparents, Gary and Dee Griffin and Lillian Miller-Meyers; sister, Jennifer Lee Caudill; uncle, Casey Caudill; and MWD Zasko.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Santa Cops (134th Security Forces Squadron) or Knoxville Connect Church.


  • Gary Griffin, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Dee Griffin, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Lillian Miller- Meyers, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Jennifer Lee Caudill, Sister (deceased)
  • Casey Caudill, Uncle (deceased)
  • MWD Zasko, Other (deceased)
  • Jessica Griffin, Wife
  • Berkley Griffin, Daughter
  • Gary Griffin, Father
  • Penny Griffin, Mother
  • Marissa Tucker, Sister
  • Matt Tucker, Brother-in-law
  • Max Tucker, Nephew
  • Marley Tucker, Niece
  • Steve Buffalo, Father-in-law
  • Diane Buffalo, Mother-in-law
  • Chad Buffalo and Jenna Scalf, Brother-in-law
  • Donna Caudill, Special Aunt
  • Brandy Ward, Friend and Sister Wife
  • A magnitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended military family.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Gabriel Wayne Griffin

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anna franklin

October 15, 2019

we will miss cousin gabe and love you always and forever in our hearts love anna rae and lilyann aleigha and gracie and john rhody

Lee Mayer

October 14, 2019

Jessica, I'm so very sorry. I remember when Gabe and Marshall moved to Knoxville and when you and Gabe met. My heart is broken for you and your beautiful little girl.

Sheila Thomas

October 12, 2019

Steve, Diane. Jessica and Berkley, I am very, very sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for all of you. Prayers and love your way!

Jan Mincey

October 12, 2019

God be with you all; your in my thoughts and prayers.

Monica Kilfoyle (White)

October 11, 2019

I met Gabe back in 2005 when his #1 girl was Morgie Porgie (his dog). He was always up for a good time and ready for an adventure. He would help with anything in the blink of an eye without asking why. Gabe played a major role in molding me into the person I am today. I went into the Air Force due to his guidance. He helped me move to my first duty station, all the way up to he great state of ND from TN. That was an adventure driving up there and always makes me smile to think of the fun we had singing in the car and cracking jokes while we were in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire. Like so many others on here he will always have a special place in my heart for the time and memories we did share. The world is a bit dimmer now without his smile but I know he is looking down on all of his family and friends watching over them. My thoughts and prayers are with his girls and the rest of his family.

Rosalee & Al King

October 10, 2019

We did not know Gabe at all but are very well acquainted with his dad and mom, Gary and Penny Griffin. Such lovely folks. Gary a member of our church and Penny, I, Rosalee had the honor and privilege to work with Penny at the Clinic. Both such lovely God fearing folks. To read Gabe's obit, he lived such a life. We can see where anyone would be glad to call him their son. He lived a life for God; Country; Family and Friends. Everyone who knows/knew Gabe, you are honored to be able to know Gabe. Our prayers go out to his wife, Jessica and daughter Berkeley, as well as his Mom and Dad, Penny and Gary. WE will bethinking of each of you as you commit Gabe back to earth, from which he came. God bless each of you.

Ann Helm

October 10, 2019

I'm at a loss for words, but know that Gabriel is with his Creator. And that same Creator walks with us daily through his son, Jesus Christ, until we join Gabriel in Heaven. My prayers are with Gary and Penny and all of Gabriel's family through this time of extreme loss. God bless you all and give you peace.

Debbie Vowell

October 10, 2019

I did not work with him but, he was in my shop and he made a lasting impression on us all. He was always nice and had wonderful words of encouragement to say to everyone.

Rich Dodson

October 10, 2019

I didn’t know Gabe but I know Steve and Diane Buffalo. I know your heart is breaking, my prayers are with you and your family!

Donald Muldrew

October 10, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.