HOSCHTON - John L. Griffitts, 71, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014.
He was the son of the late George Earl Griffitts and Mary Nell Wells Griffitts. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dr. Rebecca Griffitts Wiser.
A native of Maryville, Tenn., John was a member of the Maryville High School class of 1960, attended the University of Tennessee, graduated from the University of Georgia, and pursued a successful career in sales.
John was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, garden, talk, laugh, and tell stories. Most recently he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was able to see much of the country by taking trips on his Harley with his buddies. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. Vacationing with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren were highlights of his life. John delighted in celebrating his birthday every September by choosing a gift for each of his grandchildren. Until deteriorating health kept him at home, John "worked" at his son-in-law Shannon Sell’s gun store, TSG Outdoors and Trading Post, and during that time he made many new friends.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Peggy Matthews Griffitts; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Shannon Sell, Hoschton; and daughter, Angie Armistead, Roswell; proud Papa to grandchildren, Kate and John Fouts, Hoschton, and Saige, Brynna and Alexa Armistead, Grayson; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Griffitts and Mike Hining, Chapel Hill, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Cynthia and Tate Paige, Downers Grove, Ill., and Brenda and Steve Wright, Knoxville, Tenn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
The family is requesting no flowers, but invites you to an informal celebration of John's life Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Lawson Funeral Home.
Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton, is in charge of arrangements.