Funeral Services for Mr. Joe Grifﬁn, age 78, of Cragford, will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Beneﬁeld Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev. Jim Arnall and Rev. Kenneth Fuller officiating. Burial will follow at Clay County Memory Gardens.
Mr. Grifﬁn passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Chapman’s Nursing Home in Alexander City, AL. He was born on October 5, 1941 in Clay County, AL to Benjamin Franklin Grifﬁn and Abbie Lee Mask Grifﬁn. He attended Mellow Valley High School and spent most of his life in Cragford, AL where he raised both of his daughters with his wife Virginia “Jenny” Jones Grifﬁn, of 47 years. Mr. Grifﬁn worked at Avondale Mills in Alexander City, AL as a machine technician. He made many lifelong friends and memories while working there for over 42 years.
Mr. “Joe” or “Paw Paw” loved spending time with family - especially his grandsons and their friends. He was known to all of them as “Paw Paw” and loved them all as his own. He also loved the companionship of his best friend, Barker, his beloved German shepherd. Joe loved traditional bluegrass music and learned to play the guitar while sitting on the front porch as his dad played the banjo. He especially loved Hank Williams, Sr. -- his music became a staple in Joe’s home and will forever be a reminder of Mr. Joe when played.
He is survived by his daughters, Anita Jo Maddox (Robert) and Debra Grifﬁn Hayes (Chuck); grandchildren, Derek Adam Maddox (Jessica) and Robert Hayden Maddox (Melanie); great grandchildren, Conner Adam Maddox (9) and Cooper Aiden Maddox (9); brothers, Willie Frank Grifﬁn (Josie), Huey Ralph Grifﬁn (Dean), David Carl “Hotshot” Grifﬁn (Paula), and Kirby Eugene Grifﬁn (Judy-deceased); sister, Betty Gay Barber (Wayne); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Virginia Bernice Jones Grifﬁn; his brothers, Bobby Lee Grifﬁn, James Cecil Grifﬁn and William Howard Grifﬁn.
Pallbearers will be Derek Maddox, Hayden Maddox, Colby Maddox, Hunter Grifﬁn, Jacob Grifﬁn, and Jake Surrett.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m.
Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
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