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Gerald Powell Griffith

Seminole, FL

Gerald "Jerry" Powell Griffith, age 69, passed away at his home in Seminole, Florida on Monday, April 3rd after a long illness. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Starling Griffith and Helen (Lyttle) Griffith, his son, Jeffery Lyttle Griffith, former step-son Billy Joe McDonald, and his children's mother, Jill (Altman) Griffith. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Ramita, son Jack Andrew Griffith and his wife Stacey (Fratini) Griffith, son Jessup Forrest Griffith and his wife Kimberly (Graham) Griffith, daughter-in-law Brandy Anyta (Stover) Griffith, and 4 grandchildren, Zachary Clark Griffith, Alijah Starling Griffith, Jaiden Jessup Griffith, and Kiay Tatiana Graham. He also leaves 3 siblings, James Andrew Griffith and wife Kimberly (Burkhardt) Griffith, Steven Lyttle Griffith and wife Brenda Griffith, Anne (Griffith) Martello and husband James Martello, as well as loving nieces, nephews, and a host of long-time friends. Jerry was also a Friend of Bill.

As the son of an engineer and loving mother, Jerry enjoyed spending many of his earlier years in eastern North Carolina and most especially, his childhood on Signal Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father's chemical engineering career and interest in amateur ("ham") radio were the impetus for his early love of all things "technical." He loved mixing chemicals, blowing up wood piles, and learning the ropes of ham radio until earning his callsign, K4BHS. Upon graduating from high school, Jerry attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia. There he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. Jerry's earlier engineering career included working for Dupont in Wilmington, North Carolina and corporate offices in Wilmington, Delaware. Among his other positions at Dupont, he served as Plant Manager for the company's Ingleside, Texas plant. In his later years, Jerry moved to Collierville, Tennessee where he served as President of the Alpha Corporation and later helped form a merger between Alpha and Owens Corning (AOC). After his resignation in 2002, he pursued personal business development.

Though he had a rewarding career, he always managed to balance work with his family and church life. His loved his children deeply and helped mold them into an eventual engineer, talented musician and financial guru. Jerry loved Jesus Christ and this manifested itself through his volunteer positions in the Baptist Church as well as his service as a deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He was especially fond of the Disciples of Christ Church which started at the little white church at the corner of Poplar and Main (in the building that is now the Morton Museum of Collierville, Tennessee).

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, May 6th, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Central Church located at 2005 E. Winchester Blvd., Collierville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to or the .
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Apr. 23 to May 3, 2017
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