John Emmett Griffin, Jr.

John Emmett Griffin, Jr.

Suffolk , VA
04.10.1923 - 08.08.2019
Franklin, Virginia

John Emmett Griffin, Jr. went to be with the Lord on August 8, 2019. He was the son of the late Erma Edwards Griffin and John Emmett Griffin, Sr. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years Shirley B. Griffin and his beloved dog, Barney.

John was raised Methodist and was a past member of Haygood United Methodist Church, recently he attended church at Lake Prince Woods. He retired from Civil Service at Norfolk Naval Air Station and then became part owner and Vice President of AEROL. After retirement he and his wife Shirley enjoyed traveling and spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 He was survived by his son John E. Griffin III and wife Patricia of Franklin, VA; daughter Claudia G. Luehrs and husband Eric of Virginia Beach; grandchildren Allison G Gray (John) of Chesapake, J. Blair Griffin (April) of Salem VA, Amanda G. Gibson (Rob) Salem, VA, Emily Moore (Clay) of Atlanta GA, Eric M Luechrs (Sarah) of Norfolk, VA, Laura Shunkwiler (Bruce) of Virginia Beach, VA; great grandchildren Lauren Gray, Sidney Gray, Emmett Griffin, Leland Griffin, Griffin Gibson, Kate Gibson, Macey Gibson, Kellan Moore, Caroline Moore, Mary Jane Luehrs, Edith Luehrs, Noah Shunkwiler, and Shane Shunkwiler.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lake Prince Woods. The family would like to thank Andrea with Medi Hospice and the staff at Lake Prince Woods for all the care given to John. Condolences may be registered at



I met John while working in the maintenance department at Lake Prince Woods. We both had retired from NADEP Norfolk, and always enjoyed talking about old times there. John was good friend to all and will be missed by many. Our prayers for the family.

Charles Elliott

Dear John and Claudia,
My dad, Jerry Durand, counted Emmett and Shirley among his dearest friends. They worked civil service and socialized together for many years. Emmett also worked at dads ornamental iron business. I feel like we knew your parents all our lives. They continued their friendship at Lake Prince Woods where dad was in assisted living at your dads suggestion. I am sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him.
Anita Durand Oakey

Anita Durand Oakey

John and Claudia and families,
Our hearts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your Dad. He certainly was a very special person. Know he will be missed but thankful he is no longer suffering. Our love to all of you. Gary and Julia

Julia Bradley

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