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Walter Vance Griffitts, II
Walter Vance “Butch” Griffitts II, age 76, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2022.
Butch was a devoted father who worked hard and traveled the country with his children. He was a great example of hard work, love of family and country. He proudly served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home he joined the I.B.E.W. and was an electrician all over the country. He worked many years at Everglades National Park in Florida. He had great friends, a loving family and Butch lived a great life.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy Ann Griffitts; and parents, Walter and Blanche Griffitts; and brother, William “Scotty” Griffitts.
Butch is survived by his sons, Walter Vance Griffitts, III and wife, Dawn of Pasco, Wash., Alan Wayne Griffitts and wife, Elda Garcia of Lakeland, Fla., Elick Griffitts and wife, Tiffany of Marion, Va.; sister, Jeanette Peel and husband, Dennis of Lakeland, Fla.; brother, William “Billy” Chaney of Homestead, Fla.; 8 grandchildren, Cory Griffitts of Titusville, Fla., Alan Griffitts, Jr. of Lakeland, Fla., Liliana, Tristan and Reya Griffitts of Marion, Va., Jessica and Shana Griffitts of Pasco, Wash., and Alayna Griffitts; great-grandson, Reed Osgood of Pasco, Wash.; nephews, Robby and Randy; and niece, Sonya.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 at Pugh Cemetery, 1463 Teas Road, Sugar Grove, Va. 24375 at 3 p.m. with Reverend Kenny Price officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Funeral Honors Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667.
To share memories of Walter Vance “Butch” Griffitts II, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Butch’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.
I worked with Butch and his sons out at the Park.
I am so sad to hear he is gone.
The things that I liked the most about Butch is he stood for everything that is right and you knew right where he stood. He also had a humorous way of putting things. Rest in peace Brother.
Ken Munro Apr 10 2022 9:36 AM
I met Butch in 1987 through his son Walter(Bub)when we started apprenticeship together. At first I wasn’t sure how to take him because he didn’t say a whole lot. As time went on I realized he was more of a man of action than words. When Butch said something it was with purpose and you better listen. I saw that one night when he asked a fella to watch his language around the ladies and he didn’t heed his warning! The next thing I knew butch had the fella by the throat and I thought man he wasn’t Kidding! That was the type of man I saw, soft spoken but don’t tread on me! I always felt welcomed when I showed up at his home and he always treated me like family. I will forever have a love for him for that ,as I do for his family today. Thank you for your service to our country Butch, your generation is the last of a dying breed. A man who’s word you can trust, a hand shake sealed the deal, integrity and honor still mean something! I would like to send my deepest most heartfelt condolences to the Griffitts family and y’all know if you need anything I’m a phone call away! Love you Guys
Joe Garrett Apr 2 2022 2:12 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Walter Griffitts, II
Lori Dudley Apr 1 2022 11:39 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Walter Griffitts, II
Kim Garrett Apr 1 2022 7:35 AM
My father Walter V (Butch) Griffitts II was a hard working loving caring family man who would give the shirt off his back to help a stranger. He was rough around the edges but soft when needed he was quick and witty with little punch lines and one liners and was always able to get someone to crack a smile whether they seemed to like it or not. After returning home from Vietnam as a Marine ended up joining a Union electrical Apprenticeship program and became a Journeyman electrican to provide for his family and when work got bad back in the early 80's in Florida he had to travel for work to different states taking us along with him like Louisiana, Utah, Nevada and Arizona we saw parts of the country a lot of kids have never see it was tough at times but there are a lot of great memories in those couple years that I could write a book about. I wouldn't change anything except to have had my Dad work in Alaska which was his dream but we never made it there, we ended up back in Florida where we settled in and learned family values and also how to cook some hellava BBQ Love You Pops..
Walter V Griffitts III Mar 31 2022 9:01 PM
I remember Butch from the VFW in Homestead. He was always around doing whatever needed to be done whether it was cooking steaks, working breakfast, calling bingo or handy man jobs around the post. He was a Past Commander of the Post. He was always part of the gun we had. We missed him when he moved away. He is with Hod now. Rest In Peace.
Denis and Jodi Nerney Mar 31 2022 12:46 PM
I am Butch's 1st cousin. I only met him one time ,when they moved from Washington State to Marion ,Va.
I talked with him for only a short time ,due to his illness ,he couldn't stay up long.
I absolutely loved talking with him ,and his son Elick.
I regret so much not having the opportunity to talk with him more .
I am sad about having cousins I've never had 5he pleasure of meeting .I am so thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity ,even though short,to talk with Butch.
I will say this to his son Elick and his wife Tiffany , they have done a great job caring for Butch during his long extended illness .
I can say being a caregiver is very hard and stressful at times. I thank you for taking such good care of your Father .May God bless you and your family .
Judy Price Mar 31 2022 11:56 AM
I will always remember my Uncle Butch as being a true ‘man’s man” who lived a good, honest and purposeful life…even when times were difficult. They certainly don’t make them like him anymore!
I have many fond memories as a child going over with my brother to Uncle Butch‘s house on 303rd St. to hang out with my cousins for a weekend of mischievous fun. Of course as anyone who knew my Uncle knows…, the barbecue was always fired up and we were always eating good.
Thank you Uncle Butch for your love , direction, sarcastic witty humor and kick in the pants when we needed it as kids. And Lord knows we needed it….and I consider myself a better man today because of it.
May you RIP Uncle Butch!
Until we meet again….
Randy Griffitts Mar 31 2022 1:36 AM
butch was a proud member of the ibew a skilled journeyman .
butch began as an apprentice in 1971 . In 1977 he began his career as a Journeyman Electrician. I knew Butch and his sons both personally and professionally and I am proud to call Butch my friend as well as his sons.
Roce Simpson Mar 30 2022 2:56 PM
Rest In Peace Comrade, Past Commander and brother. VFW Post 4127.
Harry Pillot (Post Commander) Mar 30 2022 2:22 PM