Thomas S. Griffin passed away at his home in Suwanee, Georgia on December 26, 2018.
He was born in Streator, IL on June 15, 1939. As a young man, he served three years in the U.S. Army. Afterwards, Tom worked in sales before joining the newly formed Fire Department of Gwinnett County in 1971. He was in the first class of EMT's in the state of Georgia. Serving as a firefighter, Tom rose to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief and Gwinnett County Fire Marshal. In 1986, he left the fire department and joined the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department. Tom retired from Gwinnett County in 1995 and spent his retirement years doing extensive volunteer work. He was a member of Sugarloaf United Methodist Church.
Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, Penny Chapman Griffin; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher Thomas and Carisa Lynn Griffin and Michael Thomas and Lena Kate Griffin; granddaughters, Catherine Grace Griffin, Courtney Elin Griffin, Ashley Kate Griffin and Emily Frances Griffin.
The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church with Dr. Steven Usry officiating. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 31st at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sugarloaf United Methodist Church, 1975 Old Peachtree Road, Duluth, GA 30097 for missions work at Pueblo Pintado on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, a passion of Tom's.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, (770) 476-2535.