Shirley Evelyn (Howell) Griffin Jones

Born in Madison, TN on June 25, 1946

Departed on July 16, 2019 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Shirley Evelyn (Howell) Griffin Jones, 73, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Born on June 25, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Loren Bedford Howell and Alice Mai (Purcell) Howell. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wayne Jones, and two brothers, Jahue Loren Howell and Ruby Lyle “R.L.” Howell. A 1964 graduate of Goodlettsville High School, she retired from Atwood Industries in Greenbrier where she was the office manager and accountant for more than 30 years. A devoted sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Shirley loved watching all sports, but especially enjoyed attending her grandson’s ball games. She loved baseball and basketball, and was an avid follower of “March Madness” who often participated in the tournament bracket pool. Shirley enjoyed shopping with her sister and friends, and loved to cook for her family. Her biscuits and cornbread were award-winning and her chocolate pie, banana pudding and dumplings will never be forgotten. Shirley is survived by her sons, Robert A. “Andy” Griffin II and James C. “Kris” Griffin and his wife Carolyn; five grandchildren, Noah A. Griffin, Courtney Helms and her husband Kaelin, Kayla Harkins and her husband Ken, Christopher Griffin, and Kory Griffin; two great-grandchildren, Kallen and Kaleb Helms; her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce H. and Leo Smiley; step-son, Glenn D. Jones; loving nieces and nephews, Leo Smiley II, Leiott Smiley, Bob Howell, Vicky Howell Graves and Jay Howell; and loyal friend Debbie Dowlen.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 27, at Highland Chapel Union Church from 10 a.m. until noon. A service celebrating her life will start at noon, followed by a luncheon. Highland Chapel Union Church is located at 1122 Highland Ave., Goodlettsville (Ridgetop), TN. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to your desired charity or Highland Chapel Union Church. Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, TN.

5 Comments to Shirley Evelyn (Howell) Griffin Jones

  1. Ron Nitz
    July 19, 2019 10:50 am

    I first met Shirley on a visit to Atwood Greenbrier in 1990 and thought what a unique individual she was. Little did I know three years later that I would be working with her in Greenbrier. During the next five years I came to appreciate her dedication to her Job and her love of life in general. Although technically I was her boss, I knew it was she who was the real boss. Our success couldn’t have occurred without her. After leaving Greenbrier, I always looked for a reason to return and to catch-up with Shirley. Over the next 29 years we stayed in contact although not as often as when I worked at Atwood. After I retired and became a snowbird I would look forward to stopping by to see her on my way to or from Florida. Knowing Shirley made one feel special because of her friendship. I will deeply miss Shirley as she was one of warmest individuals that I have known as well as a true friend.

  2. Billy White
    July 19, 2019 11:33 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss.

  3. Bob
    July 19, 2019 6:05 pm

    As I sit here about 4500 miles away, I am saddened by the loss of my Aunt Shirley. Since we were so close in age, she was more like am older sister to me than an Aunt. Many years ago she would take me to the the drugstore for a soda, but I really think we might have been hiding out from L.B and Granny Mai. I never think if her, or speak of her, without smiling. She was one one of the few people that I have known who seemed to live life on her own terms and at her own pace( sometimes busy and fast, sometimes slow and mellow). I will miss her little grin when I asked her to tell me what she really thinks. And then she would. To Joyce, Andy, Chris and the rest of her family, please accept our condolences and prayers during this time. I’m sorry that I cannot be with you now.

  4. BWJones
    July 20, 2019 12:25 am

    Gone but not forgotten by stepsons: Barry Wayne Jones and Bryan Caleb Jones.
    Step grandchildren: Tess Jones Belcher, Miranda Jones Holt, Shea Jones Stockard and Hunter Jones.
    *You will be remembered till the end of our days.

  5. Brittany, Jeremy, Chloe & Brandi Drebenstedt
    July 22, 2019 5:08 pm

    At the young age of 4 I was blessed and welcomed into Grandma Shirley & Papa Doug’s family with the biggest open arms! The love and care they shared with me was unconditional, they didn’t care that I wasn’t their “blood” grandchild, that never mattered to them. Grandma always told me I was her “baby girl”’ even into my 30’s. I could write a book about all the memories we shared, among my favorites were Christmas, her home was a magical wonderland. I was always so excited to go to Grandma & Papa’s to celebrate with all of the family. Everyone who knew her knows that Christmas was her favorite holiday she loved all the Santa’s and had quite the collection. I have the honor of carrying this tradition on with some of her Santa’s in my home for my children to enjoy! She always had an endless stock of Yoo-hoo’s In the fridge it paired well with her peanut butter sandwich and cookies. I loved visiting her & my mom at Atwood, I would sit under her desk and eat snacks and sometimes she would put me to work filing things or taking things to other peoples desk. She always supported me and anything I did, her and papa helped me raise the most money when I was in elementary school to be the Queen of my class for 3 years in a row. Grandma was always honest with me and told me how it was, she didn’t sugar coat much which was one of her best qualities. She was beautiful inside and out, her long silver hair and beautiful smile lit up a room. Her hugs were amazing and she would hold me so tight, she had this distinct smell I really loved, I can smell it now as i’m typing this. I am so grateful and blessed to have been apart of her life and all the things she taught me and the stories she shared with me. As I grew up and started my own family I didn’t see grandma as much as i would have liked, but when we did go to her house it always took me back to my childhood, my children loved her and she loved them, she adored my husband Jeremy and the love and care he has for his family! I will miss her so much, she will never be forgotten and will live in my heart forever. My condolences are with all the people who loved Shirley. Love- The Drebenstedt Family

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