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LT COL WYLIE BRITTON GRIFFIN, JR., U. S. AIR FORCE (Ret.)

Lt Col Wylie Britton Griffin, Jr., U. S. Air Force (Ret.), 83, of Savannah, Georgia and widower of Betty Rhodes Griffin, died Sunday evening, June 28, 2015, at Marsh View Senior Living.

griffin - wylie1 (150 x 230)Born in Columbus, Georgia, he was a son of the Wylie Britton Griffin, Sr. and the late Louise Mabry Griffin. Mr. Griffin was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Richmond Hill. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force and was a Past Commander of the 117th Tactical Control Squadron. Mr. Griffin later retired from Chatham Steel after more than 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working in his yard and cooking.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Jan Northington and her husband, Dan, of Greensboro, Georgia; four sons, Britt Griffin and his wife, Susan, and Lang Griffin, all of Savannah, Robert H. Griffin of Bayonne, New Jersey, and Carr Griffin and his wife, Reneé of Raleigh, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and one sister, Martha Moreno of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by The Reverend Dr. C. Clark Hubbard. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church – 16491 Highway 144, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.

Online Condolences

  1. Walter Corish says:

    Wylie was a true Southern gentleman and mentor to so many. His laugh laugh was infectious and he will be remembered by many with a smile. Britt and family, we pray with you as he is back with his Betty. Rest dear friend Wylie.

  2. Jay Hall says:

    Dear Britt, Susan and Family,

    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  3. Jerry Matlak says:

    Our condolences from the Matlak Family. I really enjoyed working with Wylie and he taught me a lot. Mainly how to win the confidence of our customers. Be honest and sincere. Our prayers go out to Britt and family. He will be missed.

  4. Carl Canicatti says:

    I will never forget that understanding smile and those smiling eyes. He was a great leader and gentleman. Sorry to see him go. My condolences to his family.

  5. Tammy & Will Mishoe says:

    Carr, Renee, & Britt
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your families.

  6. Tracey Jacobs says:

    My family’s deepest condolences to Britt, Susan, Carr, and the rest of Wylie’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wylie was such a nice southern gentleman and I am glad to have known him. He will be missed.

  7. Polo Lacayo says:

    Wylie called on me as a sales rep and became a friend. He will be sorely missed.

  8. Cathy Andrews says:

    My deepest sympathy to each and every one of you. You are in my prayers.

  9. Emily Hubbard says:

    Wylie was such a sweet, gentle man. It was a privilege to know him. My sympathy to all his family.

  10. Chris Lycke says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Know that he is in good hands, the hands of a great God.

  11. Craig Meyer says:

    I was saddened to hear of Wylie’s passing and immediately recalled many fine memories of serving with him in the 117 Tactical Air Control Squadron of the GA Air Guard. His smile, swagger, and concern for his teammates remains with me 40 years beyond that service. RIP Colonel.

  12. John Mack says:

    What a man. What a friend. Wylie was his own man, and lived his life being at true Southern Gentleman, always taking care of friends and family. We all saw kindness and warmth in his smile, and we all knew we could count on him when needed. He and Betty were meant to be, and it feels good to know they are now back together. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to have had such a good man as my friend. We will always remember the good times we shared.

  13. Joel Hunt says:

    One July, I asked Wylie what type of music he enjoyed listening to while he drove to meet his customers… he said “Christmas music”… his favorite song, “The First Noel”.

    I think of him every time I hear the song and I will always remember his devotion to the things that mattered to him.

  14. Julie Hurst says:

    I just learned of Wylie’s passing this morning. He always had a big smile on his face and was a true gentleman and friend. I met him about 35 years ago when I worked with a steel erection company in Albany, GA. Then later when I joined a boiler company in south Georgia he visited on a regular basis. A true professional and a kind and gentle man. He will be joining Betty and I know he will be missed by family and friends alike. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Steve Johannsen says:

    Britt and Carr, I am very sorry for your loss. The entire family is in my prayers. From the stories I’ve heard throughout the company, I wish I could have had the honor to meet your father. Take care and God Bless.

  16. David Forbis says:

    I will always remember Wylie as a true gentleman and a caring man as well. I feel privileged in having been able to work and travel with Wylie. His legacy will certainly be enduring. My condolences and thoughts go out to Britt and Carr and their families.

  17. Lou Peca says:

    I remember Wylie as a fine gentleman and friend during my five years as As Force Advisor to the 117th TCS. Our prayers of comfort go out to his Family.

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