Clyde A. Griffith

Published 10:15 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Clyde A. Griffith passed away Sept. 13, 2015, at his residence in Portsmouth. He was born May 23, 1940, in Colon, Panama, to Wilbur and Glendora Griffith.



He is survived by his loving and blessed wife of 53 years, Marice Owens-Griffith; their daughter, Marva Joseph, son-in-law Timothy Joseph, of Yorktown, and their son, Antonio Griffith, of Deltona, Fla. He was a proud and adoring grandfather to his two grandchildren, Erin Herbst and Timothy “Griff” Joseph. Clyde is survived by his brothers, Edward Griffith, of Boston, Mass., Eustace Griffith, of Lynbrook, N.Y., and Wilbur Griffith, of El Paso, Texas. Clyde was predeceased by his sisters, Pearl Griffith and Lynn Yearwood. He will be missed by his beloved nieces, esteemed nephews and cherished cousins.

Clyde was well-known and respected for his dedication and strong work ethic. He was a member of the “silent generation,” who served our nation with distinction as a senior non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1982. He was stationed in the Canal Zone, Korea, Germany, and various stateside military installations. He served another 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service, where he recognized for his dependable, reliable, and tireless devotion to duty. His hobbies included restoring vintage automobiles and enjoying world class boxing matches.

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A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Crocker Funeral Home Inc. He will be laid to rest in Carver Memorial Cemetery with full military honors, and Bishop John H. Kindred will deliver the eulogy. At the family’s request there will be no public viewing. Condolences to the Griffith family may be extended to Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.