Billy Morgan Griffith was born on October 14, 1951, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Tennie McCauley and Lacy Griffith, Sr. As a child, Bill loved being outdoors and spent countless hours exploring the ample land surrounding the family home. This love for the outdoors continued throughout his life.
In 1965, the family relocated to Harbor City, California, where he attended Alexander Fleming Middle School and Narbonne High School, where he excelled in track and field. He later attended Los Angeles Harbor College, where he earned his certification as a diesel mechanic.
Bill’s natural inclination for working with his hands and his love of cars and motorcycles led him to a lucrative career as a diesel mechanic for the Rapid Transit District (RTD), which later became The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). His ingenuity and dedication to his job led him to develop a part to improve the operation of the door of the buses and was rewarded for his contribution. He received numerous commendations throughout his career for his exemplary performance, as he would go above and beyond the call of duty. To say that Bill was a hard worker is an understatement.
In 1977, he dedicated his life to Jehovah and became very active in the Kingdom preaching work. His faith, love for Jehovah, and his family meant the world to him.
There was no way to miss him in any photo. His physical stature made him stand out, and his standard pose let everyone know he was ready for action. Everyone who knew Bill was touched by his outgoing personality, his smile that was as wide as the sky, and his heart that was big enough to fill an ocean.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Tennie McCauley, his father, Lacy Griffith, Sr., and stepmother Dorothy Griffith; siblings, Leroy Avington, Tennie Sewell, and Porctia Griffith. He is survived by his wife, Angela, daughter Tammie (Eric) Perkins, grandson Daymel Cardenas; siblings, Charles Avington, Charlotte Griffith-Driver, Lynda Polk, John (Lillie) Penix, Ruthella (Emmett) Pettiway, Lacy (Sharon) Griffith, Bevelyn (Gerald) Weston, and Terry (Ruthie) Griffith, children by love; Felicia Roberts-Harper and Isaac Roberts; uncles, Will (Venita) Griffith and Joe Griffith, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends who will miss him dearly.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be shared at 1 p.m. PST (3 p.m. CST) on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4523 W. Slauson Ave, View Park-Windsor Hills, CA 90043.
To view the service on Saturday, please see the Zoom ID and Password below.
We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who sent a card, came to visit, brought flowers, prayed a prayer, called to say that we were in their thoughts, assisted in the preparation of today, or just thought of us quietly during this time. It is extremely appreciated, and we thank you for the outpouring of love you have shown for our beloved Bill.
The Family of Billy M. Griffith
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Starts at 1:00pm (Pacific time)
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
To view the service on Saturday, please see the Zoom ID and Password below. Zoom ID: 943 757 623 Password: 063033