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Stevens & Grass Funeral Home

4203 Salines DR, Malden, WV

OBITUARY

Zachary Mark Griffith

May 3, 2006May 21, 2020
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Zachary Mark Griffith, 14, of Sissonville received his complete healing as he went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2020 after fighting his life-long battle with Congenital Heart Disease. Zachary went from his parent’s arms to Jesus at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital after his 4th open heart surgery on his Aortic valve and Mitral Valve. Zachary was also surrounded by his beloved grandparents. Zachary was born in Charleston’s CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital on May 3, 2006. Zachary’s first open heart surgery was at 2 days old at WVU. Zachary had 2 more heart surgeries at WVU - the second one when he was 10 months old and the third when he was 22 months old. Zachary enjoyed 11 blessed years of a surgery-free and medicine-free life. Zachary was the son of Matthew and April Griffith. Zachary’s best friend was his sister Natalie (9). Zachary was the grandson of Mark (deceased) and Vicki Griffith of Belle and John and Diana Bradley of Campbells Creek. Zachary was close to his first cousins Lucas, Liam, Aaron, Titus and Ava and loved his many other cousins. Zachary had loving uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunts. Zachary made friends wherever he went - his homeschool friends were many! Zachary was a baptized member of Fair Haven Baptist Church and loved the Lord with all his heart! Zachary was an active Boy Scout where his crowning achievement was being elected as patrol leader for 2020. Zachary spent time in Boy Scout Troops 19 and 136 and enjoyed the support of both. Zachary was homeschooled with his sister Natalie and attended the Classical Conversations Sissonville Campus homeschool group for the past 6 years. Zachary was dyslexic and attended the Appalachian Reading Center for the past 7 years. Zachary was an “old soul” and loved old TV shows, old music and old cars. Some of his favorites were the Star Wars movies and the Beverly Hillbillies. He knew every word to the movie “It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and would recite it at the drop of a hat. When the surgeon asked him who his favorite musician was before his most recent surgery, Zachary replied without missing a beat “Louis Prima”. Zachary had an old Volkswagen that he was looking forward to driving once he got his license. Zachary loved Legos, video games and anything outside, especially swimming and camping. Zachary participated in his first Charleston Heart Walk to support the American Heart Association in 2008 and he has participated in every walk since then. Zachary was the Top Walker for many years and his team, Team Zachary, has raised over $75,000 to fund research for heart disease. Zachary was the face of the Heartwalk several times and appeared on both TV, and in print ads supporting the Heartwalk over the years. Support from all of Zachary’s friends and family (and folks we don’t know) over the past several months has been simply overwhelming. Love and prayers from all over the country (and world) have poured in with #prayforzach, as well as many untold posts and comments dedicating prayer and love for Zachary. The Lord’s presence was very evident in Zachary’s hospital room - many of the hospital staff made comments that his room was “different”. We don’t know how many lives have been or will be changed, but it is our prayer that through Zachary’s life and testimony that at least one person will be brought to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Zachary loved the Lord and loved learning about the Bible. He often asked questions his parents could only answer by saying only God knows that. God is good and we are forever thankful for His bringing Zachary into our lives! The family wants to give thanks to Drs. Gus, Alex and Rhodes and all the staff at WVU and special thanks to Drs. Kelly and Casey Hager and Dr. C. Edwin Childers for their help and friendship. The family also wants to make a special thanks to the incredible staff and doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. A walk through visitation will began at 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden with a private family service beginning at 1:00 PM with Pastors Cory Bradley and Tim Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville. The funeral service will be live-streamed on the Stevens & Grass Funeral Home Facebook page. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and for the safety and concern for everyone it is requested that those who attend please ensure that proper facial coverings are worn and that Federal, State and CDC guide lines for social distancing are observed. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Zachary’s memory to “Team Zachary” at the American Heart Association. The Team Zachary page can be found at the Charleston WV Heartwalk page by using the “Find – A Team” link at the top of the page. Donations may also be made in Zachary’s memory to the Appalachian Reading Center at 429 3rd Ave, South Charleston, WV 25303. The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Matthew Griffith, Father
  • April Griffith, Mother
  • Natalie Griffith, Sister
  • Mark Griffith, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Vicki Griffith, Grandmother
  • John Bradley, Grandfather
  • Diana Bradley, Grandmother
  • Lucas, Cousin
  • Liam, Cousin
  • Aaron, Cousin
  • Titus, Cousin
  • Ava, Cousin
  • Zachary also had many other cousins, loving uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunts. Zachary made friends wherever he went - his homeschool friends were many!

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Services

  • Walk Through Visitation

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Memories

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Don Skaff

May 28, 2020

Zachary was my dental patient for many years and I will miss his smiling face. A donation in his honor has been made to the Appalachian Reading Center, where my youngest child spent many great years under the care of Miss Lori. We will miss you Zachary.

Michael Graziosi

May 26, 2020

I worked with Zachary grandfather Mark. I am so sorry to here of Zachary passing . All of you are in my thoughts and prayers

Nancy Johnson

May 26, 2020

April and Matt,
There are no words to express how very sorry I am for the loss of your precious son. I remember him as sweet, quiet boy. I will miss him at our family gatherings.

Peace and prayers for your family.

Scott & Jeanette Williams

May 26, 2020

Thinking and praying for you and the family

Lynn Smith

May 25, 2020

Dear Matt and family - I was so very sad when I learned of Zach’s passing. He was was beyond special. His beaming smile and the joy he spread will never be forgotten. May y’all find comfort and strength from God’s promises.
With deepest sympathy,
Lynn Smith

John & Lori Ellis

May 25, 2020

Sending love and prayers to this family. We’ve known you for many years, and we want to send our sincere condolences. So sorry for your loss, Zachary has touched our hearts through your posts, and just know we were praying daily . So glad we have that blessed hope of a reunion one day. We don’t understand everything, but we know God has a perfect plan. Your faith and strength have touched so many people! Love you all, April, Matt, Diane, Kelly, Vicki and family.

Lena Arthur

May 24, 2020

There are no words to express our sadness at OUR loss but Heavens gain. This young man was indeed a man. He was/is one of my hero's. I've always said that no parent should have to bury their child so Mat and April my heart and prayers goes out to you. But oh what peace it is to know that we as blood bought Christians will get to see him again. So as it was said by someone before me, this is not goodbye but I'll see you later our sweet Zach.

Love

Basil and Lena Arthur

Gannett Monk

May 24, 2020

Zach was a kind and respectful young man. The members of Boy Scout Pack 19 and Troop 19 are so glad to have been able to share in his wonderful life, and will miss his smiling face.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Griffith family in this time of terrible loss.
Boy Scout Troop 19

Yvonne Hill

May 24, 2020

I didn't know your son, but after reading the obituary, I thought what an awesome young man with a wonderful testimony. Prayers for God's comfort at this time until you are reunited in heaven!

joe beam

May 24, 2020

Matt, my prayers are with you and your family. Always remember- " A Scout is Reverent" - love and many prayers. Joe Beam Troop 136

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