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Barbara Ann Berry
Barbara Ann Berry
Class of 1959
Passed Nov 23, 1996
(no additional information)
Barbara Jean Combs Patton
Barbara Jean Combs Patton
Class of 1959
Passed Dec 18, 2002
(no additional information)
Betsy Hockett Vanhoy
Betsy Hockett VanHoy
Class of 1959
Passed Dec 17, 2013
Betsy C Hockett VanHoy

BORN
June 7, 1941
DIED
December 17, 2013
Regardless of whomever came knocking, Elizabeth VanHoy's door was always open. She was a model of sincere generosity, always putting others before herself and often offering her own home as a sanctuary for those in need.
Betty Jo Cochran Hall
Betty Jo Cochran Hall
Class of 1959
Passed Mar 17, 2020
A private family visitation for Betty Jo Cochran Ridley Hall, 78, of Clarkesville, will be held at the funeral home with a graveside service to be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Decatur.

Mrs. Hall passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Born Sept. 30, 1941, in Griffin, she was a daughter of the late Dr. H.L. and Marjorie Mitchell Cochran. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) William Edward Bill Ridley Jr.

Mrs. Hall attended Wesleyan College and went on to receive her bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Georgia. After graduating, she began teaching at Georgia Tech, DeKalb County Schools, and then, North Georgia Technical College. Mrs. Hall was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church where she was active in the Friendship Sunday school class. She enjoyed singing and showed her love of music by being a member of the Chancel Choir and Piedmont Choral and a former member of Mountain Voices. Not only did she enjoy singing, but she took pride in being a mother and was a member of the Georgia Mothers Association and American Mothers Association. She received the Mother of the Year Award from the State of Georgia in 2000. Mrs. Hall enjoyed being active and showed that activeness through her memberships with Joyful Hearts, Three Arts Club, Jenny Wade Circle, Soque Garden Club, Batesville Womens Breakfast Club, and Greater Atlanta Kappa Delta Sorority.
Beverly Ann Baker Tuten
Beverly Ann Baker Tuten
Class of 1959
Passed Oct 10, 2000
(no additional information)
Billie Sue Ellis Hooper
Billie Sue Ellis Hooper
Class of 1959
Passed Dec 24, 2018
Billie Sue Ellis Hooper Obituary

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Billie Sue Ellis Hooper (Barnesville, Georgia), born May 19, 1941 in Griffin, Georgia, who passed away at the age of 77, on December 24, 2018. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Billie Sue Ellis Hooper or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.
She was loved and cherished by many people including : her parents, Riley Edward and Marie Tolbert Ellis (James Ernest Hooper); her children, James Hooper (Sheila), Max Hooper (Mary), Beth Eaton (Eric) and Joseph Hooper, MD; her grandchildren, Stephanie Kagan (Ryan), Sarah Eaton, Phillip Hooper (Tiffany), Courtney Hooper, Chad Hooper, James Riley Hooper (Diana) and Erin Rose Hooper; and her great grandchildren, Ivy Hooper, Harvey Kagan, Logan and Grant Hooper.
Billy Edward Crowley
Billy Edward Crowley
Class of 1959
Passed Oct 04, 2011
Mr. Billy Edward Crowley, age 73 of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Spalding Regional Medical Center. Mr. Crowley was born August 23, 1938 in Griffin son of the late Fred Crowley and Mattie Quick Crowley. He was in the National Guard and of the Baptist faith. Billy loved his Lord, his family & friends, dogs, his cabin in the mountains, and fishing lures. Billy was known to never have met a stranger and for his love for everyone. He enjoyed life and often made the comment that he had a wonderful life and no man could ask for better than he had. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Mary DeLay Crowley having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 5, 2011; his mother, Mattie Crowley; brothers & sisters-in-law, James R. & Sandy Crowley, Richard L. & Sylvia Crowley; sister, Doris C. Breland; sister-in-law, Athelia Richardson and nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Billy Edward Crowley will be held Friday, October 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Gene Turkett will officiate. Friends may visit the family on Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1160 Forsyth St., Macon, GA 31201-1736 in memory of Billy Crowley. To pay condolences online to the family, please do so at www.haistenmccullough.com. Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Rd. is in charge of arrangements.
Brenda J Tribble
Brenda J Tribble
Class of 1959
Passed Mar 01, 2013
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Mrs. Brenda Jackson (BJ) Tribble, age 71 of Griffin, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Tribble was born on June 27, 1941 in Griffin, Georgia to the late Albert Henry Jackson and the late Mattie Fox Jackson. She is also preceded in death by son, Brian Tribble. Mrs. Tribble retired from General Electric in Birmingham, AL after 34 years with the company. She was an active member of Second Baptist Church where she volunteered in the church office, starting an email prayer requests for the church through email, and a member of Bible Searchers Sunday School Class. Hobbies included working in her yard and reading.

Survivors include her son, David Tribble and his wife, Laura of Atlanta; 7 grandchildren, Katelyn Tribble, Mckinley Tribble, Jake Tribble, Bailey Tribble, all of Springville, AL, Caroline Tribble, Elizabeth Tribble and Catherine Tribble, all of Atlanta, GA; brother, Sam Jackson of Griffin; nephew, Henry Jackson and his wife, Annette; and several cousins.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brenda Jackson (BJ) Tribble will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00pm in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Dr. David Hill and Reverend Jim Cannady will officiate. Friends may visit the family following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 Kelly Dr., Ste 3, Peachtree City, GA 30269 or to Second Baptist Church Misson Funds, 501 West Broad St., Griffin, GA 30224 in memory of Mrs. Tribble.
Brett Warren, Dentist And Dear Dear Friend!
Brett Warren, Dentist and Dear Dear Friend!
Class of 1990
(Passed date unknown)
Brett was a wonderful friend of mine. He worked very hard in his education and became a dentist, opening a successful practice in Atlanta.

Brett always had bad memories of Griffin High and when I would praise him for his success and say, "Hey, don't you want to go back and show everybody what you have done with your life?," he would always respond vehemently, "No."

Brett hated high school and I believe it was because of bullying. This is my opinion only, not that of anyone else. It is based on my own memories and observations.

As many of our class knows, we lost many people to suicide in our graduating class. Brett became another one in 2004. His death, so sudden, broke my heart. Brett died two days after another friend, Eric Noel (Class of 1989), commited suicide. I buried them back to back and it was the worst week of my life, outside loosing my firstborn.

My best memory of Brett is the day he drove up to my Crescent Road house with his first car and taking me for a drive. I also remember meeting him every day outside of Mrs. Dunham's class to gossip and hang out. I have a copy of him in that "chicken" costume on my desk at my school to remember how zany he was. It's in the 1989 yearbook - it was a Spanish Club picture.

Keeping that picture on my desk is to remind me to always listen to my students if they are sad and depressed and to tell them how to get help if they ever want to hurt themselves. It also reminds me to always encourage my students to stand up for themselves against bullying.

Brett was one of my best male friends at GHS and I regret that I didn't stay in touch with him like I should have, but he is very very much missed.

Brett is proof that you should always tell people EVERY DAY that you love them and they are a gift to this world, no matter what.
Charles Norman Walker
Charles Norman Walker
Class of 1959
Passed Oct 08, 2007
(no additional information)
Clifford Gary Hines
Clifford Gary Hines
Class of 1959
Passed Sep 06, 2017
Clifford Gary Hines
FEBRUARY 28, 1940 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Mr. Clifford Gary Hines, age 77 of Griffin, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital.
Mr. Hines was born February 28, 1940 to Leonard Wells & Daisy Bell McGahee Hines. He was also preceded in death by his step-son, Jesse Roy Champion, Jr. Mr. Hines was a mechanic for many years with Eastern Airlines and Fed Ex and a veteran of the U. S. Army. He enjoyed car shows and loved his ‘31/32 Ford A Model hot rod. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother & friend to all that loved him. He lived his life with honesty and integrity and was an inspiration to all. Mr. Hines will be missed and his legacy will live on.
Survivors include his wife, Kaye Hines; children, Sherri Hines-Dietz, Lisa & Tim Peeples and Len Champion Hines; grandchildren, Emma Dietz, Adam Hines, Kayla Peeples, Victoria Peeples and Bella Takle and brother, Larry T. Hines.
Funeral services for Mr. Clifford Gary Hines will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten McCullough Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, FL 33134 in memory of Mr. Hines.
Constance Sherri Noland Wilson Cobb
Constance Sherri Noland Wilson Cobb
Class of 1959
Passed May 01, 2018
Could not locate Obituary or actual date of passing
Danny Joe Murphy
Danny Joe Murphy
Class of 1959
Passed Dec 27, 1998
(no additional information)
Dena Elaine Batton Cumming
Dena Elaine Batton Cumming
Class of 1959
Passed Sep 14, 2008
Mrs. Dena Batton Cumming, 67, of Griffin, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Spalding Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Cumming was born on June 16, 1941, in Griffin to the late Charlie Batton and the late Shirley Howard Batton. She was a lifelong resident of Griffin. Mrs. Cumming graduated from University of Georgia and died shortly after watching the Georgia/South Carolina football game on TV, as she was a devoted fan.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, W. Barron Cumming Sr.; daughter, Beth M. Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, Barron Jr. and Suzanne L. Cumming; granddaughter, Madeline Cumming; sister and brother-in-law, Jan B. and Russell DeCarlo of Annandale, Va.; brother, Steve Batton; sister-in-law, Margaret C. Taylor; niece, Tammy T. Clayton; and nephew, Joey DeCarlo.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Dena Cumming will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Brian McCartney will officiate. Friends may visit the family from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of the arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com.

Read more: Griffin Daily News - Dena Batton Cumming
Donald Franklin Bethune
Donald Franklin Bethune
Class of 1959
Passed Feb 17, 1996
(no additional information)
Eutis Harris
Eutis Harris
Class of 1954
Passed Mar 30, 2012
(no additional information)
Gary Wayne Freeze
Gary Wayne Freeze
Class of 1959
Passed Aug 25, 2006
(no additional information)
George Elliot Fogle
George Elliot Fogle
Class of 1959
Passed Mar 25, 2004
(no additional information)
George Little
George Little
Class of 1970
Passed Jul 12, 1978
Hello everyone,
George Little went on from high school to continue to be a talented and recognized artist. He produced a huge amount of work and left us far too early. He was on the verge of national recognition, and had he lived, would have been well known.
I am trying to compile a history of his life and would appreciate any contributions. Please contact me at joskrwn@aol.com with anything that would help.
George Little
George Little
Class of 1970
Passed Jul 12, 1978
George went on after high school to become a prolific artist producing an amazing body of extraordinary work. His talent was profound and under appreciated. Had he lived, he would have ultimately become internationally recognized.
I would like to remember George by producing a book about his life and work. I would be grateful to meet and talk to people who knew him. Please feel free to contact me at joskrwn@aol.com

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