John Allen Bailey
GYFA Executive Secretary
101 North Main St., Rm 317
Swainsboro, GA 30401
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From: "Reggie Beasley" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Jul 16, 2015 8:57 PM
Subject: Passing of Ronnie Griffis "Past GYFA President"
To: "John Allen Bailey" <[log in to unmask]>, "Lynn Barber" <[log in to unmask]>, "Lynn Barber" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mr. Barber and Mr. Bailey

Will each of you please post this information to the list serve as well as let the state YF officer board know as well. He will truly be missed!

Ronald (Ronnie) Julian Griffis, 60, died July 16, 2015, at his home in Screven after an extended battle with cancer. 

Ronnie was born in Wayne County on April, 2 1955 to parents Julian and Lizzie Blocker Griffis. He was a member of Oquinn Baptist Church and had lived in Screven for most of his life where he was a lifelong farmer and agriculturist. Ronnie retired from Rayonier after 25 years of service. 

During his lifetime Ronnie truly loved farming and raising cattle. He and his wife Bonnie along with their daughter and son-in-law owned and operated Boggy Creek Farms located at Lake Grace in Screven. Their operation focused on producing embryo transfer calves for Angus and Charolaise breeders across the southeastern United States. He was active in multiple agricultural organizations including Wayne County Young Farmers, Wayne County Livestock Association, Georgia Cattleman Association and an avid supporter of all 4-H and FFA programs. He served in leadership roles for all of these organizations on both the local and state levels. Ronnie was the 2013 Wayne County Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Agriculture” award recipient. His passion for life, family, and friends was evident in his daily walk.

He was preceded in death by his parents Julian and Lizzie Blocker Griffis, a son Ronald (R.J.) Julian Griffis II, and a sister Linda Gail Griffis. 

Survivors include his wife of forty years, Bonnie Hutto Griffis; a daughter and son-in-law Kristy and Robert Arnold; two grandchildren Kayle and Karson Arnold; a sister and brother-in-law, Marlee and Ivey Jones all of Screven and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Greenlee and Dr. Ron Wilcox officiating. Musical selections will be by Roger Anderson.

Interment will follow in O’Quinn Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers will be Randy Franks, Terry Duncan, Joe B. Harris, Herman Lewis Sr., Billy Burch, and Billy Wayne Sellers. Honorary Pallbearers include Easop Fuller, Buddy Fortner, Hubert Howard, and all members of the Wayne County Young Farmers and Wayne County Livestock Association, as well as Stanley Todd and Hospice of South Georgia.