Jacob Brantley “Griff” Griffin Jr., 88 of Dayton, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at his home in Dayton. He was born on Dec. 21, 1931, in Dayton, the son of the late Jacob Brantley Griffin Sr. and Rhoda Montgomery Griffin. Griff was also preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Goldston; and his grandson, Todd Montgomery.
Griff lived in Dayton most of his life and was a graduate of Rhea Central High School Class of 1950. He earned his associate degree in Dental Technology at both University of North Carolina and University of Minnesota. Griff operated Jaybee Dental Laboratory from 1972-2013. He served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army. Griff was a true patriot, a member of Sons of American Legion, a member of the Chattanooga Area Veteran Council Rifle Team, founding member of the Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and was on the development team that designed the IBM copier. He was founder of the American Bible Protestant Church, founder of Cumberland Missionary Society, member of Sons of American Revolution and Sons of Revolution, founder of Old Path Publishers. Since 1984, he and June were pioneers in the home school movement. Griff was a member of the Nazarene Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, June Cook Griffin, of Dayton; son, Jacob B. (Stacy) Griffin III, of Evensville; daughters, Deborah Oakley, of Savannah, Tenn., and Brenda Guardala, of Maryland; nine grandchildren, Matthew Oakley, Michael Oakley, Daniel Oakley, Hannah Griffin, Jake Griffin, David Griffin, Silas Griffin, Nathaniel Griffin and Jennifer Rose; and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Griff will be held Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. in the Vanderwall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rolin Mitchell officiating. He will be laid to rest Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
Share memories of Griff on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
The family is being cared for by Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends Wednesday, July 29, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m.