Clyde Clinton Griffis, Jr. passed away on May 14, 2023, at the age of 85 in Starke, FL. He was born on November 4, 1937, in Lawtey, FL to his parents Clyde Sr. and Sybil Rosier Griffis and spent most of his childhood there. Clyde attended Bradford County High School and graduated in 1955. Afterward, he joined the US Air Force where he spent two years serving our country. While stationed in Arizona he attended college and met the love of his life.
Clyde was a devoted husband to Roberta Griffis whom he was married to for 38 years before her death. He also had five daughters: Denise Griffis of Starke, Michelle (Mark) Tompkins of Starke, Teresa Elliott of MO, Amy Lamb of Trenton and Daphane Lamb of Trenton whom he loved and cherished immensely.
Clyde had an array of hobbies and interests which included playing games with his grandkids, reading books that piqued his interests, fishing as it brought peace to him whenever things got overwhelming; most importantly though Clyde loved telling stories about growing up and his time in the military; as well as working on farms as it allowed him a chance always being active.
On May 20th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM there will be a visitation service held for friends and family members by Archer-Milton Funeral Home located at 55 N Lake Ave in Lake Butler FL. The funeral service ceremony for Clyde will be held the next day by Bayless Highway Baptist Church located at 11798 NW County Rd 225 in Starke starting at 2:00 pm with the burial ceremony scheduled for immediately afterwards at Long Branch Cemetery located at 5500 Long Branch Cemetery Rd in Jacksonville.
Clyde is survived by his five daughters mentioned earlier, grandchildren, Justin Griffis, Selah (Austin) Browning, Jared (Miranda) Griffis, Joseph “Josh“ O’Neal, Jacob O’Neal, Amber O’Neal, and numerous foster grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous foster great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews, which he loved and adored with all his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Roberta Griffis; grandson, John O'Neal, Jr.; sister, Geraldine Griffis McDonald; brother, John Solomon Griffis; and nephew, Carl McDonald.
Clyde will be remembered for his loving nature and willingness to help anyone he could. He was a man of integrity whose kindness spoke volumes about his character; whenever he spent time interacting with everyone who had the privilege of knowing him, he did so without any judgement and only wanted to make them feel happy. Clyde's legacy will continue to live on through the family and friends he impacted while alive.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. 386-496-2008 www.archerfuneralhome.com
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)
Long Branch Baptist Church
Immediately following the service