Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
November 6, 2012 11:11 am EST


CENTERBURG — Robert Franklin “Frank” Griffith, 93, of Centerburg, passed away Sunday night, Nov. 4, 2012, at Knox Community Hospital, where he had been surrounded by family and friends.

Frank was born April 1, 1919, in Russell County, Va., to the late Ida Belle Blankenship Griffith and Jonathan Melvin Griffith. He married the late Pauline (Pruett) Griffith in 1942. Frank, a Navy veteran, was well known and respected by all who came into contact with him. Frank was a hard worker from his earliest days when he worked three jobs to support his mother and siblings. He continued his inspiring work ethic throughout his life, and took great joy in passing on his humble yet remarkable qualities to his family. He was founder and owner of Griffith Farm Service in Centerburg for 28 years. He had a sincere acceptance of all whom he met, and found the good in everyone. He loved farming, gardening, working in his yard and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his son, Robert J. Griffith, and his wife, Arlene White Griffith, of Centerburg; daughter, Phyllis Love, and her husband, Kenny, of Centerburg; his grandchildren, Drew (Jennifer) Love, Brody (Kerry) Griffith, Stori Love (Clint) Rex, Tyler (Amanda) Griffith and Sheena Griffith; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; companion of 15 years, Patricia Courtright; and caregiver/best friends, Leda Walker and her husband, Bart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 56 years, Pauline Pruett Griffith; 12 brothers and sisters.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Melick-Moreland Funeral Home, 49 W. Church St., Centerburg, where service will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Roger Crego, minister. Interment Eastview Cemetery.

A special thank you from the family goes to Centerburg Pointe Nursing Home for the loving care that was given to Frank and his family in his final year, and to Knox Community Hospital Palliative Care for the kindness that was shown to Frank and his family in his last few days of life.

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