Departed this life, about 4 o'clock, on the 28th of January, 1879, at his late residence, six miles southeast of Cleveland, Bradley county, Tennessee, after a long and painful illness, which he bore with great fortitude, Mr. JOHN H. GRIFFITH, aged fifty years, six months and three days. His disease was of a peculiar and painful character, and, it is thought, was caused by an over exertion of the mental powers, induced by some troubles he had in 1866.
Deceased was born in McMinn county, Tenn., July 25th, 1828, but his fathermoved to Bradley county before he was fairly grown, where he has remained eversince. When about 28 years of age he was married to Miss Mary S. Airheart, with whom he lived till his death. Hence he leaves her, his father, brothers and sisters, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn their loss.
Soon after their marriage they moved to where he died, and where alone they have remained. This shows us his great attachment for home. And, indeed, he never had any disposition to ramble. He never formally attached himself to any religious body; but all who knew him best, know him to have been a moral, peaceable, inoffensive citizen. He always minded his own business and let other people's business alone. He spent years in his favorite calling-that of teaching, in which he took great pleasure. The writer shall never forget him as a fellow teacher, and as a warm friend of education.
As a husband he was kind and affectionate, and so warmly attached to his wife and home that he was never so happy as when at home. As a neighbor he was obliging and accommodating to the obliging, but to the idle and unprincipled, he ever turned away. Taken all in all, the writer believed this would be a better world, in many respects, were there multitudes of such men as John H. Griffith. G. A. RANDOLPH
[ I believe that John H. was the son of William L.Griffith of Bradley County. Bradford Griffith ]