OBITUARY

Vernon Lawson Griffith

August 5, 1930October 12, 2020

Vernon Lawson Griffith “Snap”, loving husband and father, passed away on Monday, 12 October 2020, at age 90. He was a former University of Georgia Bulldog football letterman. Vernon was born in Putnam County Georgia, grew up on his family’s farm, and was the youngest of his 5 brothers and a sister. He was an all-around athlete, setting a record in shot put, excelling in football, basketball, while also enjoying baseball, swimming, and was a lifeguard at Lake Sinclair. Attending Georgia on a scholarship, he was a member of the Georgia Football Letterman’s club, lettering in 1951 and 1952. He also shared his love of sports by coaching and teaching. A member of ROTC, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the United States Air Force upon graduation. He remained active on sports teams and coaching while in the Air Force.

Vernon embarked on a career in the Air Force, with his first duty station in San Antonio, TX, where he met his San Antonio Rose, Maria, his wife for 65 years, who survives him, along with his three adult children, Jane, Kay, and George, and 6 grandchildren. He is survived by his older brother Rabun, and predeceased by his 5 other siblings.

Vernon completed tours in Japan (2), Turkey, and Italy. He enjoyed traveling and skiing with his family in Japan and camping & sightseeing throughout Western Europe, including Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, and Greece. Vernon used the sightseeing trips as educational opportunities for his young and growing family.

Vernon was always involved in his children’s activities. He encouraged his children to participate in sports, and was often involved in coaching their teams in boys baseball, girls basketball & volleyball and taught his kids to fish, swim, and shoot at an early age. Vernon made waffles every Sunday when his kids were growing up; afterwards, he promptly sent them off to Sunday school, saying it was an important part of their education. During their early teen years, Vernon gave weekly vocabulary and spelling tests to his kids - again, part of their education. Before his girls were allowed to drive, he required them to show they could check and change the oil and tires of a car – instilling self-reliance. After retiring from the Air Force, Vernon kept busy in semi-retirement, with real estate. Though he never changed his own kid’s diapers, he learned how when his first grandchild arrived - and enjoyed being a grandpa. Vernon always had a sense of humor and loved to laugh, and always enjoyed visits by his nieces and nephews. Vernon lived a full and wonderful life. He will be missed by his family, but they take comfort in knowing he is now with his brothers and sister. Private family funeral, due to COVID. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Vernon Griffith, to www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Frances Baker

October 22, 2020

Jane was my best friend in high school, and I remember going to her home many times, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Griffith always made me feel welcome. I always thought that Jane was very lucky to have a car while we were in high school, and being so impressed that she knew how to change the oil, and that she could also change a flat tire. She told me this was something her father taught her. What a wonderful father she had! I send prayers for condolences to the entire family in their time of loss. May God bless you and comfort you.

Nancy Gonzales

October 21, 2020

Janie & Family,

I remember the man in the photo. I am sorry for your loss.
I met him a couple of times when we were at TX State University.

Edward Jaime and Family

October 19, 2020

We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. Our most sincere condolences.
We will continue to have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Our Heavenly Father will guide your angel to His home. God Bless you all.

Ana Brow

October 18, 2020

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> My Dearest Mary, Jane, Kay, and George:
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> Our Deepest Sympathies. We cannot be with you in person, but we are with you in spirit.
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> Vernon was a great person. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father, brother-in-law and uncle. We will cherish the memories we shared. His loving care for each one of us, especially the children will not be forgotten. He will now have Nan (Anita) to rival over the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech football games, when football games are played again.
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> Vernon loved, listened, advised, played, and most of all he laughed. He had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed life. We will miss him terribly.
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> Vernon, Rest In Peace. Till we Meet Again!
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> Love,
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> Kenneth & Ana Brow
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> Genevieve & John Ridgway
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Virginia Mack (Great Niece of Snap)

October 18, 2020

Loved my visit to San Antonio March 2017 and the hospitality that Snap and Maria showed me. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch together, strolled through the arts/crafts market, and sharing many laughs talking about car maintenance, military experiences & more. At one point in the afternoon, when Snap’s car wouldn’t start and then the flip phone also not working, Snap showed his resourcefulness (and a hint of that Griffith stubbornness that we in the extended family know and cherish) in speaking to a USAA rep on my phone about his favorite mechanic near his home where he wanted to take his pickup truck and that he wouldn’t settle for any of their recommendations! I smiled inside as I know my Grampa Ray (Vernons older brother) would likely have insisted on the same. Sticking to the hard-working, diligent, reliable, and likable folks that he had grown to trust over time was the Griffith standard and a healthy precedent set that followed, passed along to the next generations and I sure am glad to follow in these principles, try to walk in these footsteps throughout my life too.

Cindy Stout

October 17, 2020

To my Uncle Vernon,
We will miss you but we also know you are in a better place. Thanks for always being so kind to us! We enjoyed the talks about football, healthcare and, most importantly, your family. You were a family man and someone that we could always have deep discussions with while still laughing. Please give my Mom a hug up there in heaven!

Sr. Shirley Vaughn

October 16, 2020

On behalf of the residents and staff of The Village at Incarnate Word, I offer our sincere sympathy to the Griffith family. It was our privilege to care for Vernon in his last weeks on earth. We pray that God will grant you peace during your time of mourning. May your many good memories console you and bring a smile to your hearts and faces when you think of him.

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Dad’s San Antonio Rose - Maria

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