Thomas Erwin Griswold, age 83, a lifelong resident of Troy, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at home surrounded by loved ones. A graveside service will be Friday, November 13, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Kenneth Earles officiating. Green Hills Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Friday, November 13, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Green Hills Funeral Home.
Mr. Griswold was born and raised in the Ebenezer Community of Pike County, Alabama, and spent most of his adult life there on the homestead. He served dutifully and proudly in the United States Army National Guard for more than 20 years, and perhaps received his greatest veteran recognition with his own homegoing on Veterans’ Day. Professionally, he was an engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation dedicating 28 years of service before his retirement. In his newfound free time, he relished the opportunity to hone his woodworking craft. He had a vision to build beautiful cabinets and bins, and the creativity to label them for “onions, taters, and other stuff.” They claim Mr. Griswold was an expert of meats, skilled in basting and barbequing, and it’s even been said he could cook a roast that was lip-puckerin’, head shakin’ good. The good Book tells us there’s a feast awaiting, and now that Mr. Griswold has arrived, if everyone will bring the sides, it will be “good to go.”
Mr. Griswold is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Linda McMillon Griswold; children, Robert Edward Griswold of Troy and Hope Griswold Hatfield (Randall) of Laurel Hill, FL; grandchildren, Kyra LeAnna Hatfield, Cayden Daryl Hatfield, Robert Andrew Griswold, Brittany Allison Griswold (Brice Christian Benca), Thomas Mason Griswold, and Devin Brian Griswold; brothers, James Newman Griswold (Ruth) of Phenix City, AL, William Earl Griswold of Troy, and Athol Griswold of Troy; sister, Oline Thompson of Banks, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved dogs, Roxy and Brownie. He was preceded in death by his son, Chandler Brian Griswold; parents, Athol and Pearl Greathouse Griswold; and sister, Anita Griswold Otts.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staffs of Troy Healthcare and Compassus Hospice for their continuous support and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project (Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516) or to the Pike County Animal Shelter (904 Henderson Hwy, Troy, AL 36079). Friends and family can sign the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Griswold family.