Georgia Hereford Association
Promoting the interests of Georgia registered and commercial Hereford breeders,
improving marketing of Herefords, and cooperating with other Hereford
associations and groups with similar objectives and purposes.
Calendar of
Events

April 25 - Middle Tennessee
Hereford Association Spring
Sale
Cross Plains, TN
May 2 - South Carolina
Association Annual Sale
Clemson, SC
May 23 - Barnes Herefords
& Whitehawk Ranch
"Inaugural Production Sale"
Cedartown, GA
May 24 - 25 - Mead
Program Sale XV
Midville, GA
June 5 - 6 - Georgia
Hereford Field Day
Rock Springs, GA
June 11 - 12 -
Southeastern Regional Jr.
Hereford Show
Abingdon, VA
June 26 - July 3 - Junior
National Hereford Expo
Grand Island, NE
Obituary for Don Griffin
Donald Russell Griffin “Don”, age 82, of Oxford, passed
away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11
1932, in Covington County, AL to the late Grover Cleveland
and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of eleven
children.

After graduating high school, he joined the United States
Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He married his high
school sweetheart, Lois Jean Grimes, in 1952. They soon
became proud parents of Jerry, Kathryn and Rebecca.
After leaving the Air Force, Don attended Pensacola
Junior College to obtain his electrical engineering
certification and began a career with Chemstrand
Chemicals, Monsanto Corporation in Pensacola, FL and
Headland, AL . Don and Lios moved to Atlanta to continue
his electrical education at Georgia Tech, eventually
settling in Covington, where he was employed with
Hercules. Don loved to “fix things” which lead to his and
Lois’ decision to build their own business, Electric Motor
Service. One of the highlights of his career was when he
developed a water pump valve that has been used
commercially throughout the Southeast. They also
purchased their dream farm on Gum Creek Road in Oxford.
After Lois’ passing, Don semi-retired, selling Electric
Motor Service, and built his beloved “Griffin Hills Farm”
home where he began his cattle business in 1984.

Don married the former Jo Ann Osborne in 1989, gaining
four step-children, Dennis, Terry, Toni and Jeff. Don and
JoAnn resided at Griffin Hills Farm and changed the
direction of his cattle business to Purebred Hereford
Cattle. Don received many awards for his “cows” including
Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association “Cattleman of the Year”
in 2001 and 2012. Don was a great advocate for the youth
program of the Cattlemen’s Association and worked with
many of the FFA youth, allowing them to use the farm and
learn the responsibility of cattle. He also received the
Outstanding Service Award from the Newton County FFA
Alumni 2004-2005 and in 2008 and 2012, the Southeast
Empire Show, held at the Gwinnett County Fair, awarded
one of his bulls the Reserve Champion Herford Bull of the
year. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Jean
Grimes Griffin, parents, seven siblings, one son-in-law, and
four nieces and nephews.

Don is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Griffin; son, Jerry
Griffin (Teresa); daughters, Kathryn Morgan, Becky
Clemens (Jon); brother, Harold Griffin (Linda); sisters,
Elsie Gulsby, Shirley Wiggins; step-sons, Dennis Jones
(Myra), Jeff Lamb (Robin); step-daughters, Terry Coggin,
Toni Eason; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren;
ten great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; 24
nieces and nephews; special friends, Dr. Mark Dennis, Dale
Dylong, and the Piedmont Cattlemen’s Association.

Funeral Services for Mr. Griffin will be held at the Chapel
of Caldwell & Cowan, 1215 Access Road, in Covington,
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2:00 P.M. A graveside service will
follow in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive
friends at the funeral home Saturday, June 27, from 6:00
– 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family asks that
donations be made in Don’s memory to the Piedmont
Cattlemen’s Association Youth Program, c/of Abigail Coggin,
1615 River Cove Road, Social Circle, GA 30025
Field Day Group – A great group of Georgia Hereford Juniors
came together for the 2015 Georgia Hereford Field Day, hosted
by Three Notch Farm, on June 5 – 6, 2015.  Pictured from left to
right, front row – Hardy Edwards, IV, Chris Hart, Matthew
Murphy; back row – Dalton Green, Emma Huff, Rebekah Ramey,
Gracie Drue Johnson, John Conner, Michael Weathersbee,
Gabe Brogdon, Braxton Light, Andy Chastain, Bryan Ownby,
Kari Dylong, Jordan Gabriel, Dylan Chastain, Thomas Lord,
Carver Moore, and Jesse Tod Johnson.  See more on the Junior
Page.