It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Daniel Warren Griffiths, a creative and dedicated tinkerer, father, and grandfather who brought joy to everyone he met. He was a man of many talents, and his ingenuity and resourcefulness will be missed by all who knew him.
Daniel Warren Griffiths, 86, of Horse Shoe, NC, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 11, 2023, with his loving family by his side.
Mr. Griffiths was born on Saturday, April 3, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Munson Gilbert and Hattie Elizabeth (Phillips) Griffiths. He spent his early years in Rock City Falls, New York, and graduated from high school in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1955. Mr. Griffiths love for tinkering began at an early age and he was known for his innate curiosity and willingness to get his hands dirty.
In pursuit of his interests, he enrolled in the General Electric Apprenticeship Program in Schenectady, New York. His GE career led to his move down South when he relocated to Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 1959. He worked at the plant his entire career until his retirement in 1995. He met Wanda Briggs, in April of 1959 and they were married the following year in August. They raised four beautiful children together, Karen, Keith, Katherine, and Karl, and were married for nearly 63 years.
Mr. Griffiths served his country in the Army National Guard receiving an honorable discharge. He remained a life-long problem solver and inventor and spent many happy hours in both his home woodshop and machine shop. His projects were broad and diverse including such undertakings as building electric cars for his kids, grandkids or repairing farm equipment. He was a master at building from the ground up, having the skills, ability, and patience to fabricate his own parts when a repair or needed fix appeared out of reach. Mr. Griffiths was a beloved member of his community and was always willing to lend a hand. He was the inspiration and organizer of classic car shows and country music events held in his backyard. He and his wife Wanda were avid square dancers, enjoyed country music, and their Atlanta Braves. Many will remember him as the host of Monday Night Music, in the little green barn that drew together country music “musicians” and admirers alike.
In addition to his wife Wanda, he leaves behind to cherish his memory his four devoted children, Karen Yockey and her husband, Michael of Hendersonville, Keith Griffiths and wife, Tomomi of Horse Shoe, Katherine Shaw and her husband, Patrick of Charlotte, and Karl Griffiths of Hendersonville. His four grandchildren, Kevin, Stephen, Griffin, and Sam and his sister, Elaine Seagrove of Charleston, South Carolina.
A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mr. Griffiths will be one o’clock Sunday afternoon, April 16, 2023, in the Church Street Funeral Chapel with Rev. Timothy Gaddy officiating. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. The family wishes to invite all to a reception immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Mr. Griffiths to the Blue Ridge Humane Society, 1214 Greenville Hwy. Hendersonville, NC, 28792 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Danny, as he was affectionately known by his friends, will be forever missed by his loving wife, and devoted family, along with many close friends. May God Grant Him Eternal Rest.
Arrangements are in the care of Church Street Funeral & Cremation, 125 South Church Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792, 828.309.0103.