Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Griffey


Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, July 5, 1983
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Glen E[ugene] Griffey, 66, 616 Colescott St., died Saturday.  Seriously ill since April.
Murphy Mortuary, with the Rev. Marvin Isley officiating.  Burial:  Forest Hill cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Retired in 1977 from the Indiana Cash Drawer Co.
LIved in Shelbyville all his life, except during service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his Navy service, he was a survivor of two sunken ships in the Pacific and served on the aircraft carrier Hornet during the battle of Midway and when it launched airplanes to bomb Tokyo.
Member of the First Christian Church, American Legion Post 70, VFW Post 2695, Eagles Lodge 766 and the 40 & 8.
Born in Shelbyville June 10, 1917, s/o  Walter and Nellie (Cherry) Griffey.
Survivors:  son, Gary Griffey, Shelbyville;  granddaughter;  sister, Mrs. Walter (Virginia) Worland, Greenfield.  A brother preceded in death.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Shelbyville  News
Monday, January 28, 1980
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GRIFFEY
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William E[dward] Griffey, 67, 616 Colescott St., died Sunday afternoon at W.S. Major Hospital.  Poor health several years.
Employed by the Indiana Cash Drawer Co. for many years before retiring in 1972 due to ill health.
Belonged to the First Christian Church. 
Born Aug. 23, 1912 in Shelbyville, s/o  Walter and Nellie (Cherry) Griffey
Surviving are a brother, Glen E. Griffey, Shelbyville; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Virginia) Worland, Greenfield.
Murphy Mortuary with the Rev. Marvin Isley officiating. 
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, November 30, 1977
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GRIFFEY
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Mrs. Nellie [Myrtle] (Cherry) Griffey, 87, 633 S. Miller St., died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Major Hospital.  Failing health since March.
Member of the Fenns Community Church and a 50 year member of McQuiddy Rebekah Lodge.
Born in Shelby County on July 13, 1890. 
On Oct. 21, 1909, married  Walter E. Griffey, who died June 1, 1958. 
Surviving:  3 children, Glen Griffey  and  William Griffey, Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Walter (Virginia) Worland, Greenfield; 1 grandson; 1 great-granddaughter.
One brother and one sister preceded in death. 
Murphy Mortuary, with the Rev. Marvin Isley officiating. 
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Shelbyville  News
Saturday August 3, 1968
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RITES SET FOR MRS. GRIFFEY
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Shelby County Native Dies In Hospital
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Mrs. Jessie B. Griffey, 81, of 266 West South street, died today at 5:30 a.m. at Major Hospital.  She had been ill since February.
Mrs. Griffey was born in Shelby County September 15, 1886, d/o  Theodore and Jennie (Ensminger) McKay.  On March 3, 1906 she was married to  Albert S. Griffey, who died October 9, 1947.  Survivors include a son, Robert M. Griffey, of Roanoke, Virginia; one granddaughter, a brother, Ira McKay, Shelbyville, and a half-sister, Mrs. Lora Patterson, of Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held Monday at the Sleeth Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Barb Huff  for John Ballard


Shelbyville  News
Monday, June 2, 1958
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DEATH  CLAIMS  CITY  PLASTERER
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Walter E. Griffey, 71, lifelong resident of Shelbyville, died at Major Hospital at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, following cerebral hemorrhage he suffered a week ago. 
Home was 633 S. Miller St.
Born April 20, 1887, s/o  Edward  and  Mary (Dill) Griffey
On October 21, 1909, married  Nellie Cherry.
Survivors:  spouse; 3 children, William Griffey  at home, Glenn Griffey, Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Virginia Worland  of Greenfield; grandson; aunt, Mrs. Grace Baird  of this city.
Member of the First Christian Church. 
Plasterer by occupation.
Murphy Mortuary, Rev. Marvin Isley and Rev. James Horner will officiate.
Interment:  Forest Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, September 22, 1949
Page 2   Column 3
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FORMER  RESIDENT
DIES  IN  HOSPITAL
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Rites For Russell Griffey
To Be Conducted Friday
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Thursday, September 15
          Russell W. Griffey,  87-year-old former local resident, died at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Wednesday evening at 6:00 o'clock.  Mr. Griffey's home was at 947 W. 34th St., Indianapolis.  His death was caused by pneumonia, which developed following a major operation which he underwent several weeks ago.
          Mr. Griffey had served as a sales representative of the Belknap Harware Company of Louisville for the past 34 years.  He left this city for Indianapolis 42 years ago.
          HE  WAS  THE  son of  Albert G. and  Elizabeth M. (Little) Griffey  and was born in Shelbyville on March 25, 1832[?].  In 1905 he was married to  Verlie Wright  who survives with three daughters,  Mrs. Joseph Illingsworth  and  Mrs. Charles Baumer  of Indianapolis and  Mrs. James Bell  of Evansville.  Also surviving are a brother  Robert Griffey  of this city and several grandchildren.
          Mr. Griffey was a member of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, in Indianapolis.
          Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. (DST), at the Flanner and Buchanan mortuary in Indianapolis.  Burila will be in an Indianapolis cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday October 10, 1947
Page 1 column 4
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ALBERT  S. GRIFFEY  (BERT)
DIED  AFTER  LONG  ILLNESS
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          Albert S. (Bert) Griffey, age sixty-one, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Major Hospital following an extended illness.  His death was due to arterio sclerosis.  Mr. Griffey was a partner in the store Griffey Bros, store on South Harrison street.
          Griffey, a past president of the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club, lived at 266 West Taylor street.  Born at Manilla, April 1, 1886, he was married to Jessie McKay and they had spent their entire married life here.  For the past thirty years Mr. Griffey had been connected wit the Griffey Store, dealing in electrical appliances and sporting goods.
          Surviving with the widow are a son, Robert M. Griffey, a director of music in the schools of Roanoke, Virginia; two brothers, W. Robert Griffey, partner in the downtown store, and Russell Griffey, of Indianapolis, and one grandchild.
          Funeral services will be held at the Sleeth Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.  Mr. Griffey was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Scientist service will be read.  Burial will be made on Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the Sleeth Funeral home after 2:00 p.m. today.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, November 29, 1943
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HOLD  RITES  FOR  MRS  GRIFFEY
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          Funeral rites for  Mrs. Harry B. [Desdemona] Griffey, a former Shelbyville resident, who died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmo Richey, of Indianapolis, were conducted Saturday in that city.
          Mr. Griffey operated a hardware business in Shelbyville and both he and Mrs. Griffey were well known here.  Albert S. and  W. Robert Griffey, of this city, are nephews of  Mrs. Griffey.  She is also survived by a brother, George G. Swails, of Acton, and a foster sister, Mrs. James Perkins, of Shelbyville.  She also leaves the husband; the daughter at whose home she died, another brother, Rev. John L. Swails, of Hodgenville, Kentucky; a step-daughter, Mrs. Elmer Spiegel, of Indianapolis; two sisters, Katherine Larrison, and  Mrs. Lillian Meyers, both of Indianapolis.
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Marion County Indiana Marriages
Harry B. Griffey & Desdemona Swails
November 5, 1901; Book 33, page 335
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Submitted by Barb Huff  for Peggy Wilson


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, April 16, 1910
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EARL  GRIFFEY  DIED  SATURDAY
Harry Griffey Received Telegram Telling Of Death Of His Son
On Board Ship Trouble Unknown
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          Harry Griffey  received a telegram Saturday at noon which stated that his son, Earl Griffey, had died Saturday morning on board a ship, proceeding along the coast of Providence, Rhode Island, to a hospital in Washington, D.C.
          Earl left this city about two months ago, having joined the U.S.Navy.  He went to Providence and has been in the naval yard there until he started on the voyage to Washington.
          One week ago, Mr. Griffey had a letter from his son telling him that he was not well, but he failed to say what the trouble with him was.  His father became somewhat alarmed and he sent a special delivery letter to the boy asking for more information.  This was no answered, however, and he then sent a telegram, but the only reply he got from that was a telegram telling of his son's death.
          The deceased was seventeen years of age.  Arrangements were made to have the remains shipped to this city as soon as possible.  It is not thought probable, however, that this can be done before the boat arrives at its destination.
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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 1910
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          A telegram has been received by  Harry Griffey  stating that the body of  Earl Griffey, his son who died a few days ago, is being shipped from New York to the home of his father in this city.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, April 20, 1910
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BODY  OF  DEAD  BOY  ARRIVED
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          The body of  Earl Griffey, son of  Harry Griffey, who died last Friday on board a sailing ship from Newport to Washington, arrived here early on Wednesday morning.  The funeral will be held at the First Christian Church on Thursday afternoon.  The parents of the youth are not inclined to believe the reports coming from Newport to the effect that the boy died from homesickness, as in each letter they received from him he expressed himself as being pleased with his surroundings at the training school.  He spoke highly of his officers and often mentioned his companions as being likeable fellows.
          Mr. Griffey received a postal which was written by one of the boy's friends on April 3rd, which stated that  Earl  was sick; that his was the first information that they had of his illness.  Later they received one which was written by Earl himself on April 6th, in which he stated that he had been sick for four days and that he was extremely nervous.  It is thought that his condition caused him to be homesick and that nervousness and fever caused his death.
          The navy surgeons reported that on April 7th, or on the fifth day of his illness, his mind began to fail.
          The dead boy left here during the first week of February.  He had always had a love for the navy and was of a naturally patriotic spirit.
          The Rev. J.F. Myers will officiate at the funeral.  Interment will take place at Forest Hill cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Peggy Wilson


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday, August 11, 1886
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          The remains of  Pleas Griffey  were interred this afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders, of which deceased was a member.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Tuesday, August 10, 1886
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          A post-mortem was held on the body of  Pleas Griffey  last night, which revealed great enlargement of the heart, and contraction of the liver and kidneys, and also the fact that he had Bright's disease of the kidneys in a chronic form.  The immediate cause of death was paralysis of the heart from over distention.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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