Raymond Ronnie Griffis, 67, of Waycross, died Friday morning, July 9, 2021, at his residence, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born in Alma to the late Lloyd Daniel Griffis and DeLois Taylor Griffis Carter and made Waycross and Blackshear his home for most of his life. He worked with Rayonier until his retirement and was also a professional sign painter. He enjoyed being a father to girls and would often say he was “rattling the coat hangers” by taking his girls shopping to spend valuable time with them. He was passionate about classic cars and often attended car shows and races. He received the most joy from his grandchildren and attending their sporting events and being their biggest cheerleader, the family vacations to Fernandina Beach were some of his most cherished times. He was member of Second Baptist Church.
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a grandson, Lane Gabriel Tonge.
Survivors include his one true love of 46 years, Marilyn Rowe Griffis, Waycross; two daughters, Brittany Shook, husband Shane, Douglas ans Lindsay Tonge, husband Josh, Jacksonville, FL; four grandchildren, Maddox Shook and Ava Shook, both of Douglas, and Landry Tonge and Luke Tonge, both of Jacksonville, FL; his mother, DeLois Carter, Waycross; four siblings, Charlotte Sanders, Terry Griffis, wife Janice, Debbie Dixon, husband Lewis and Donnie Griffis, wife Kathy, all of Blackshear; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Shanks, Roanoke, AL and Bonnie G. Rowe, Douglas and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Second Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, from Second Baptist Church.
Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to GHC Hospice, 1908 Tebeau St., Waycross, GA, 31501 or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL, 33131.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.