Thomas H. Griffin Jr. passed away peacefully at home on May 3rd, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Fayetteville, NC on February 3rd, 1950 to the late Jean Johnson and Thomas H. Griffin Sr. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Teresa Griffin, sister Becky Richardson, sister Patricia Champion, and brother Robert Griffin.
A native of Chatham County, he was a graduate of Central Carolina Community College, as well as, a licensed electrician and plumber. He served the University of North Carolina for 40 years, first in its Housing Department and lastly as a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) manager for Facility Services. While at the university he proudly served as the Employee Forum Chairman from 2002-2005 and 2008-2010. He served on a myriad of University boards and committees, most notably as the co-chair of the Chancellor’s Task Force for a Better Workplace and as the first ever elected staff representative on the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. During his terms as Forum chair the University turned its attention to staff concerns to a degree unsurpassed in University history. He was also a contributing member to the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC).
In his spare time, “JR” as he was known to family and friends, liked to tinker and work the land on his ancestral farm and surrounding property. He loved action and western movies. Hard work was his focus and guiding practice. A trait that he passed onto his children.
He is survived by his son William D. T. Griffin, daughter Ashley L. Griffin, sister Kathy G. Butler, sister Carolyn Robinson, sister Evalyn Griffin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed as his heart was too large for this world.
A private service will be held graveside for the family with a memorial to be planned at a later date.
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