Born: April 25, 1919
Death: January 21, 2013
Mr. Delbert Griffith
April 25, 1919 -
January 21, 2013
Mr. Delbert (Skip) Griffith age 93 of Dallas, Ga. passed away on January 21, 2013.
Mr. Griffith was cremated and No funeral services are planned at this time.
Delbert (Skip) attended Brigham Young University prior to WWII.
He majored in horticulture. Del was on an athletic scholarship and
he played Varsity football 1937-1938 seasons. He was a defensive
In his early twenties, Del worked on the family ranch, helped his
dad (the only plumber in Chandler), and spent his free time as a life
guard at the public pool. Delbert met his wife to be at that pool in
Chandler. Delbert married his lifelong companion and friend, Evelyn
Marie Moore on May 25, 1947. They were married for 65 years.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Delbert enlisted in the
Army. Delbert stayed in the Army and served during three conflicts:
WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. As an Army Ranger in WWII (6th
Rangers, Baker Company,) Delbert led part of the raid on Aparri, in
the Pacific Theater. He was awarded two bronze stars and a silver star
during WWII and Korea. Delbert was on the Fort Carson shooting
team during the early 1960s. His first place pistol awards numbered
about 20. The second and third place awards numbered about 30.
Delbert retired from the Army in June of 1965.
After retirement, Delbert found refuge in the solitude of his
gardening. This is where his creativity was explored for the
pleasure of his friends and family. He loved to give away tomatoes,
green beans, kale and peas. Pictures of his eight-pound tomato
adorn the walls and computer files of Dads friends and family.
The horn of plenty seemed to be located in the center of Dads
garden and back yard.
Delbert enjoyed sports all his life. While at Leisure World, he
received numerous awards for bowling and shuffleboard. I am
sure that one of the few regrets that my Dad had was not getting
that perfect game. He had to take comfort in winning team
championships and many individual high scores. He regularly had
his name in the papers and really had fun with that. But the fact that
he never made the 300 game was washed away by the many hours
spent with caring friends and the joy of being in the company of so
many buddies that he valued highly.
Delbert enjoyed latch hook. He spent his last twelve years weaving
lighthouses, tigers, floral arraignments and so much more. He gave
out numerous masterpieces to family and friends. Delbert was quite
adept at macramé and was fond of making hanging flower pots.
Delbert loved to cook. He will always be remembered for his
barbeques, his salads, his sardine and onion sandwiches, and his chili
Delbert was a deeply spiritual man. His belief in the Holy Trinity
was steadfast and unshakable. His prayers have been answered and
his children have been the benefactors of those prayers. Delbert was
a true philanthropist and gave generously to family and friends. All
of those us that have been the recipients of his generosity give thanks
to his kindness.
Wife Evelyn Griffith of Dallas, Georgia
Brother: Mr. & Mrs. Dean (Jean) Griffith of Arizona
Sons: Mr. & Mrs. Keith (Maria) of Tennessee
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph (Sue) Griffith of Dallas, Georgia
Mr. & Mrs. Gary (Martha) Griffith of California
Grandchildren and great Grandchildren
Delbert is preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Skousen, and
brothers, Charles, Clarence, and Harley.