Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Griffith / Griffin

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, July 3, 2004
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Bernice A. Griffith, 91, of Franklin, died Friday, July 2, 2004, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.
Born Dec. 2, 1912, in La Porte, d/o  Herman A.  and  Esther (Swedling) Felton.  Married  Thorl E. Griffith  on Oct. 16, 1940, and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1987.
Survivors:  son, Edward H. (wife, Beverly) Griffith of Columbia, Md.; two daughters, Alice (husband, Daniel) Wisker  of Shepherdsville, Ky., and  Nancy (husband, Loren) Henry  of Kokomo; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
1930 graduate of Vermillion High School in South Dakota and a 1934 graduate of Purdue University.
Homemaker.  Co-owner of Griffith Accounting.
Taught Home Economics at the Union Township School in La Porte County and was a home demonstration agent and 4-H leader for Brown and Shelby counties.
Assisted with the Meals on Wheels program and was an active volunteer in the Franklin community.
Member of First United Methodist Church; Psi Iota XI Sorority; and United Methodist Women.
Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home, 819 S. Harrison St.,  the Rev. Robert Campbell officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery, in Shelbyville.
Memorials:  Carol Jean Cancer Foundation, Inc., 10718 Cleos Court, Columbus, Md., 21045.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
August 4, 1951
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Claude Griffith Dies At Home
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Claude Griffith, 77, died this morning at his home, 510 Montgomery St.  Ill for six weeks.
Born 27 Sep 1873, Shelby Co, IN.
Married  Elizabeth Colclazier.
Survivors:  wife, Shelbyville;  sons,  Carl,  Ralph,  Edward  and  Leonard Griffith, Shelbyville;  daughters,  Mrs. Dora Bastin  and  Mrs. Dorothy Whitlock, Shelbyville;  two brothers,  Earl Griffith[Brokering] of [New Baden] IL  and  Harry Griffith[Brokering] of Dayton, OH; 32 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Retired local painter.
Murphy Mortuary with Rev. A. M. Hamilton officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Vicki Mason


A  Shelbyville,  Indiana,  newspaper
Friday, January 27, 1939
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Heart Ailment Causes Death
Louis Griffith age 79 Years Old
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Stricken While at Work in Meat Market
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          Louis Griffith age 79, of 367 east Broadway, a native of Shelbyville, died suddenly Thursday afternoon at Sindlinger's meat market, where he was employed.  Cause of death had not been officially determined.  But it is understood he had suffered heart attacks on several occasions.
          Mr. Griffith was born and reared in Shelbyville, and had spent all his life here until twenty-three years ago, when he moved to Kentucky.  He had been back in this city for two years.
          Survivors are the wife, at home: six daughters,  Mrs. Russell Havens,  of this city;  Mrs. George Swartz,  of Indianapolis; Mrs. Dan Frye,  of Bloomington;  Mrs. Marion Eads,  of Indianapolis; and   Sam  and  William,  of Columbus, and three sisters,  Miss Flora Griffith;  Mrs. Vallie Clayton;  and  Mrs. Mary Murphy,  all of Indianapolis.
          Funeral services will be announced later by Ralph J. Edward's funeral home.
Contributed by  David Craig


A  Shelbyville,  Indiana,  Newspaper
Wednesday, January 14, 1931
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HEART  DISEASE    
    CAUSES  DEATH
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J. Edward Griffith,
Widely Known Resident,
Died Early This Morning
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Funeral  At  Home  Friday
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          Heart disease caused the death at one o'clock this morning of  J. Edward Griffith, widely known resident at his home 428 West Washington street.  Mr. Griffith had been in ill health for the past four years and had been critically ill for several days.
          He was born in Jackson township, Shelby county, on April 17, 1858, being at the time of death seventy-two years old.  He was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Griffith.  All of his lifetime had been spent in this city and county.  His marriage took place forty-eight years ago.
          The deceased was employed as a furniture factory machinist.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and the local order of Knights of Pythias.
          The widow, Mrs. Flora Griffith, one daughter, Mrs. Charles M. Ewing and a sister Mrs. Laura Brokering, all of this city, survive.  A daughter, Miss Elizabeth Griffith died seventeen years ago.
          Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the home, with Dr. L. O. Richmond officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Submitted by Janet Franklin


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday April 18, 1928
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AGED  MAN  DIES  AT  HOME  HERE
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Death of David Griffin, Civil War Veteran,
Occurred Early This Morning
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FUNERAL  FRIDAY  MORNING
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          David Griffin, age 81, veteran of the civil war, died at his home, 47 East Locust street, at 4:50 o’clock this morning.  Mr. Griffin’s illness had extended over a period of seven years.  He had suffered from asthma and paralysis.
          Born in 1846 in Mechanicsburg, Decatur County, Mr. Griffin was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. John Griffin.  Surviving are two daughters,  Mrs. Viola Kehl, Sandusky, Indiana;  Mrs. Pearl Templin, of Indianapolis, and two brothers,  Irvin and Adam Griffin,  of near Bloomington, Indiana.  His wife [Caroline] preceded him in death.
          Mr. Griffin had been a resident of this city for three years.  Funeral services will be held Friday at the New Bethany church, near Columbus.  Burial will be in the church cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
October 27, 1917
Page 1
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SAMUEL  GRIFFITH
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          Samuel Griffith, 79 years old, died Friday night at 10:30 o'clock at his home in Orange township, Rush county.  Mrs. Griffith died two months ago and it is believed that the death of the husband was caused by grieving over the death of his wife.  His is survived by one son and one daughter.  Funeral services will be held Monday morning at ten o'clock at the home.  Burial will be made in the Moscow cemetery.  Stewart & Fix in charge.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming
See Don Mitchell's report on the Griffith family.


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, October 20, 1893, Volume XXXIV, Number 15
Page 6, column 2
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TRAFALGAR
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          Mrs. Griffith[sic] died at her home here Saturday evening, and her remains were taken to Shelby county Monday for interment.
Note:  The Johnson County Indiana WPA Death Index, 1882-1920, page 80, referencing Book H-17, page 4, records that Rachell A. Griffin, a 68 year old white female, born 21 February 1828, died 15 Oct 1893 in Johnson Co.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry
Rachel A. Griffin is buried in Miller Cemetery. She is listed on the same stone with  T. H. Griffin  1831-1897. PMF


The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, March 2, 1893
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SUDDEN  DEATH
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Of Charles Griffith, Near Fairland,
Wednesday Morning.
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          Charles Griffith, a young man aged 22 years, a farm hand near Fairland, is dead under unaccoutable[sic] circumstances.  A short time ago he was thrown out of a wagon striking on his head, since which time he has not been himself.  Tuesday he was at Fairland and procured some medicine which he took on going home.  The family with whom he lives heard him up in the night about 11 o'clock.  Nothing more was heard of him until this morning, when some member of the family went to call him when he was found unconscious and breathing heavily; he died in a few hours.  Coroner Bruce went out late yesterday to hold an inquest.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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