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Website Last Updated on January 25, 2015 at 3:58 p.m.

Griffith, Donald Ray “Don”, age 76, a resident of Mt. Juliet, TN for 18 years, was born in Marysville, Kansas February 19, 1938 and went to his heavenly home January 24, 2015. Don was an active member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet and a member of Gideons International helping to distribute copies of Bibles for many years. He was a graduate of Hiawatha High School, Highland College and Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS. He earned a Phd from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Don spent his life helping children and some adults who were developmentally delayed, learning disabled or brain injured. He worked for many years writing developmental guidelines to rehabilitate those who were disabled. Don worked in San Antonio, TX before moving to Tennessee where he worked and retired from the State of Tennessee as a Licenser Coordinator for Mental Health and Mental Retardation facilities. Antique cars, fishing and hunting were among his favorite pastimes. Don was preceded in death by his father, Claris Raymond Griffith; mother, Thelma Marguerite Colvert Schnackel; step-father, Louie Schnackel; siblings, Roger Griffith and Sharon Mauslein. Don’s contributions of improving life for many, his being a Christian role model for his family and friends, as well as loving husband and father, means he will be missed very much.

 

He is survived by:

Wife – Carolyn Friel Griffith

Daughters – Becki Crawford of Jonesborough, TN

                  Frances (Vic) Griffith of Mount Hope, Al

                  Jodi (Matthew) Mason of Orlando, FL

Siblings – Ronald Griffith and Debbie (Terry) Reschke

Grandchildren – Richard Crawford, Brett Granstaff, Cody Patrick

                       and Cheyenne Patrick

Great-grandchildren – Brett Crawford and Ethan Crawford

 

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Bond Memorial Chapel with David Fallin and Gordon Donahoe officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Richard Crawford, Cody Patrick, Vic Patrick, Matthew Mason, Taylor Agee, and Terry Reschke. Honorary pallbearers will members of the Don Dillingham Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet.

 

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Gideons International, West Wilson Camp, PO Box 843, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

 

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service time Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com

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