Mr. Griffin was born in Spalding County on April 29, 1920, to the late Albert Edmund Griffin and the late Sadie Andrews Griffin. He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Mary Edna Martin, Earl Griffin, Ed Griffin, Lewis Griffin. Mr. Griffin was a 1938 graduate of Spalding High School, attended A.B.A.C. in Tifton from 1939-1940, when he joined the Spalding Gray’s unit to serve his country during World War II with the combat engineers in France and Germany where at the time of his discharge in November 1945 he was a captain. After the war he attended and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1947, with a bachelor of science degree. He was a retired manager of Gold Kist and a member of the County Line United Methodist Church, where he had served as church treasurer, the building committee, church historian and many other committees.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mary Frances Griffin; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Janie Griffin; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Dan Greene; grandchildren, Amy and Brian Ellis, Andy and Courtney Griffin, Ashlie Greene, Pam and Jerry Lance; four great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Boggs; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Ralph A. Griffin will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in the chapel of the Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. The Rev. Gene Walton and the Rev. Joe Peabody will officiate. Interment will follow in County Line United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends may visit the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of the arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com.