Bill J. Griggs

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mr. Bill J. Griggs, 70, of Steele, formerly of Dell, died Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Baptist East Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Born July 3, 1941, in Dell, he was the son of the late William Alfred Griggs and Eva Ramey Griggs. Due to the death of his mother, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Troy and Adiesue Ramey. He was a graduate of Dell public schools, and later became an active farmer in Whistleville. He was passionate about farming, antique cars and hunting.

He leaves his wife, Joan Riddick Griggs of the home;

Three children, Tina sue Griggs Carr and her husband, Michael of Collierville, Tenn., Dana Griggs of Jackson, Ark., and Tim Griggs and his wife, Brandy, of Blytheville;

Three grandsons, Reyn Griggs, Chandler Carr and Bo Willyard;

One granddaughter, Ellen Carr;

One great-granddaughter, Lillie Colleen Willyard; and

One brother, Ronnie Griggs of New Albany, Miss.

Active pallbearers will be Bo Willyard, Chandler Carr, Drew Blankenship, Kevin Gray, Allen Hunnicut and Richard Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Sloas, Joe Buck, Barry Ray, Koehler Blankenship, Andy Adams, William Knight, Steve Baugher and Tommy Simpson.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the John W. German Funeral Home Chapel in Steele with the Rev. Marilyn Webb officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the John W. German Funeral Home of Steele.