David Griffin

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 20, 2009

David W. Griffin
WAKEFIELD—David Walter “Red” Griffin, 60, died June 19, 2009, at his home near Disputanta.
Mr. Griffin was born on June 28, 1948, in Wakefield.
He is survived by the love of his life, his high school sweetheart and wife of 38 years, Rebecca Parker Griffin; a daughter Jennifer Griffin Warthan and her husband Marvin Keith Warthan, J.R. of Waverly; his mother, Linda Holt Griffin of Franklin; two sisters, Jessie G. Turner and husband G.W. Turner and Barbara G. Wade and husband Eddie Wade, both of Franklin; and three beloved granddaughters, Shelby Callahan Pike, Maggie Rivers Pike and Avery Ruth Warthan.
He was eagerly anticipating the arrival of his unborn grandson, Marvin Keith Warthan III in early July.
He was predeceased by his son, Michael David Griffin; his father, Hubert Jesse “Curley” Griffin and his grandmother Clara Holt.
Active and popular in his community throughout his life, he was retired from chemical and material sales and was a member of the Wakefield United Methodist Church, the Wakefield Community Hunt Club, the Wakefield Sportsman’s Club and the Wakefield Ruritan Club.
He was an avid fox hunter and an ardent fan of the Duke University “Blue Devils” basketball team and their coach “Coach K.” A 1968 graduate of Tidewater Academy, he was an outstanding athlete, excelling on the baseball field and the basketball court and he continued to coach local teams for many years.
“Red” was a member of the US Army Reserves from 1970 to 1975. Finally, “Red” was a loving and doting grandfather to his three “girls”, Shelby, Maggie and Avery Ruth.
A celebration of “Red’s” life will be held Sunday at
3 p.m. at the Wakefield United Methodist Church by the Rev. G.C. Branton.
Burial will follow in the Wakefield Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Purviance Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son, Wakefield on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The family also invited everyone to join them at a reception in the Fellowship Hall of Wakefield United Methodist Church following the services Sunday.
Memorial donations may be made to Wakefield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 87, Wakefield VA 23888.
Condolences to the family may be posted at www.jtmorriss.com.