John L. Griffitts

John L. Griffitts, age 71, of Hoschton, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014.  Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Peggy Matthews Griffitts; daughter and son-in-law Kimberly and Shannon Sell of Hoschton and daughter Angie Armistead and fiancee James Ballard of Roswell.  John was a proud Papa to grandchildren Kate and John Fouts of Hoschton, Saige, Brynna and Alexa Armistead of Grayson.  He also leaves behind sister and brother-in-law Deborah Griffitts and Mike Hining of Chapel Hill, NC, sisters-in-law Cynthia and Tate Paige of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Brenda and Steve Wright of Knoxville, Tennessee, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.  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 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.  A native of Maryville, Tennessee, 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 is preceded in death by his father George Earl Griffitts, mother Mary Nell Wells Griffitts and sister Dr. Rebecca Griffitts Wiser.  The family is requesting no flowers but invites you to an informal celebration of John’s life 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Lawson Funeral Home.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, http://www.lawsonfuneralhome.org, 706-654-0966.

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