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Thomas Miller Griggs Jr.

July 31, 2012
Salem News

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Thomas Miller Griggs Jr., 84, of Panama City Beach, Fla., died at his home July 27, 2012.

He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 1927, to Thomas M. Griggs Sr. and Gladys Aileen (Smith) Griggs.

Tom lived in Salem, Ohio, and was the owner of Griggs Construction Company, Inc. Tom settled in Florida in his later years. He was known for the work of his hands, the knowledge that he had, and the green thumbs which he used for the vegetables and fruits of his harvest. Thomas Miller Griggs Jr. was a Master Mason of Perry Lodge No. 185, F & AM, Salem, Ohio, a life member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and a member of the B.P.O.E.

He was preceded in death this year by his loving wife of 63 years, Wanda Jane Winters Griggs.

Survivors include his children, Thomas Edward (Carol) of Winona, Ohio, David Allen (Glamae) of Pocatello, Idaho, Randall Arlen (Gail) of Topsham, Maine, Loren Michael (Illana) of Ewing, Ky., and Karen Eileen Cawthon (Mark) of King George, Va.; his grandchildren, Denise Ann, Tiffany Sue, Jennifer Lee, Heather Lynn, Shane Thomas, Jarod Allen, Erica Jean, Justin Edward, Anthony Wayne, Jeremiah David, Joshua Mark, Matthew Allen and KaLene Sandra; his great-grandchildren, Jordan, Emily, Addyson, Celeste, Elizabeth Grace, Leon III, Maxton, Blake and Charles; his brothers, Luther of Whitwell, Tenn., Franklin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sherman of Lisbon, Ohio; and his sisters, Brenda of Crossville, Tenn., and Aileen of Eugene, Ore.

A graveside funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Keith Gann officiating, followed by Masonic Funeral Rites.

Arrangements were handled by Kent-Forest Lawn, 2403 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Fla. 32405; 850-763-4694;


(Paid obituary)



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