Remembrance In Honor of Vernon Dee "Buddy" Griffin

1954 - 2006

Early this morning we lost a very dear family member. Buddy Griffin passed away and no doubt was greeted by Angels.

Suffering a spinal cord injury while just a teen, he lived to the age of 52. He lived much longer than expected for someone with such a terrible condition. I think that says the most about him.

Buddy had more struggles in his lifetime, more than you and I would know in 1000 years. He might have had his head down during some of the struggles, but he wouldn't show it. He was strong in ways few of us knew, or would even think about knowing.

When days get rough and I have to pull myself out of bed in the morning, I would often think of Buddy. All he wanted to do was live, have a place to go, and people to talk to. The next time you feel like your having a bad day think to yourself. Just how bad is it?

He wouldn't want us to cry over his loss, but its hard not to, when you know he never got to live the life he deserved, the life that each of us is granted. The freedom to walk can cripple a mind, when the legs you have won't move.

I am thankful for all he has done for me. Often when I confided in him, he knew just what I needed, an ear to listen. From all that knew and loved him we will miss you, rest in peace and we will see you in the end.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on 11/28/2006. VERNON D. GRIFFIN, JR., 52, died Monday, November 27, 2006 at Memphis Healthcare and Rehab. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 29 at 10 a.m with services to follow at 11 a.m. at Bartlett Funeral Home with burial in Calvary Cemetery. He leaves two sisters Susan Frazier and Jeanne McCann both of Memphis. The family requests memorials be sent to The American Cancer Society.

Below are a few pictures I have to share.

posted: Nov. 27, 2006

Buddy & Nick

Buddy, Tony & Helen

Dad, Buddy & Mima