Nolan Blake Griffin Jr., 60, died Saturday, November 14th, at Eastside Hospital in Snellville. He was born September 22nd, 1955, in Atlanta, Ga. to Nolan and Nell Griffin. He graduated from Stone Mountain High School in 1973, and attended Georgia State University, where he was an active member and president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Blake was a painter, paperhanger, artist, and devoted father. A lover of history, cinema, and television, he was a natural storyteller. Blake was a lifelong follower of football, and combined his love of the sport and his artistic abilities to create banners, signs, and megaphones for Brookwood Football for many years. He was a Georgia Tech fan, and the owner of many hats. Blake is survived by his two children, Drew Griffin, of Tallahassee, and Anna Griffin, of Kennesaw. He is also survived by his sister, Nola Herren, of Sugar Hill, his mother, Nell Griffin, of Cumming, and his brother, Brent Griffin, of Cumming. The family is accepting flowers. However, if you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association. A visitation will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th at the Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Stone Mountain, Ga. The funeral service will be held the following day, November 18th, at 2 p.m. in the same location. A graveside service will follow.

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  1. Your dad was a really nice man. I enjoyed the few times that I had with him. My deepest sympathy goes to all of you. Just hang on to the good memories. Love your family, Wanda

  2. I am very sorry to hear about Blake’s death. I had spoken with him several times over the past year, and he told me about his health issues. The last time we spoke was a little over a month ago, and as usual, we talked about football, friends, and the old days. We certainly had many great times during our college days, although some are difficult to recall in totality due to the level of enjoyment. He was always quick with a laugh, eager to help with your problem, and loyal to his friends. We’ve lost one of the good guys. RIP and AEKDB my brother!

  3. Nola and Nell,
    We are thinking of you and we are so sorry about Blakes passing. We know that this is a very hard time and letting you know that we are thinking of the whole family and praying for you all. We are keeping you all in our prayers. We love you all.

  4. To the Griffin family, I am so very sorry to learn of Blake’s passing. He was such a nice person and I enjoyed our conversations when I would run into him from time to time. Your family is in my heart and prayers at this sad time.

  5. I am sorry to hear of Blake’s passing. He and I were classmates and friends for many years. My prayers are with all of the family.

  6. So sorry to hear about Blake. We were in Elementary and High School together. Always remembered him as a great guy. I had not seen him for many years and was sorry to hear of the health issues. My sympathy is extended to the family in this loss.

  7. News of Blake’s passing made me very sad even though we had not seen each other in decades. In fact, the last time I saw Blake was when he came to comfort us at my house after my father’s passing. He was a good friend in elementary school and high school. May God’s everlasting arms uphold the family at this time of loss.

  8. Anna , Drew and family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. . I know this is a very difficult time for all of you. . My deepest sympathies to you and your family! .

  9. Drew,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I’ll always remember you and I discussing the connections of your grandfather and my dad. Please know you and your family will be in my prayers.

  10. To the Griffin Family ~

    I am so immensely saddened that Blake’s life ended much too soon. With every conversation we had, it was evident how much he loved his family. As the years passed, our conversations transitioned from life as it revolved around us, to life as it revolved around our parents, siblings and especially our children.

    He was amazingly thoughtful and always ready to share family stories. He shared his gratitude for Mrs. Griffin’s unwavering devotion to her children. He shared his joy when Nola got married and his admiration for Brent’s journey to achieving his career aspirations. Most of all, he always shared his happiness at seeing Drew and Anna Gail grow into wonderful young adults.

    Blake was a beloved friend for over 50 years and I will miss him very much for a very long time.

    I am sorry for your loss of this wonderful person. Please know that you all will remain in my prayers.

    With Love,
    Heather Huntemann-Humienny

  11. Doug and I are so saddened by Blake’s passing. We have known him for years and have such fond memories. Doug and Blake go way back, to Cub Scouts are kids. Doug will never forget that first Cub Scout meeting, fishing at the lakes and the beautiful old home place. We’ll also never forget the centerpiece Blake painted in the gym and his many other works. What a great man with such a pleasant attitude; he will truly be missed. Nola, we both love you and send our sincere condolences to you, your sweet Mom and all of the family. You’re all in our prayers. Don’t hesitate to call if you need anything at all.

    All our love,
    Doug and Terry

  12. Nell, Nola & Brent –
    So sorry to hear about Blake’s passing. I’m praying for your family at this difficult time.

    Love to you all –

  13. I am so sorry to hear about Blake. I was a classmate of his in Elementary & High School. He was always such a nice guy. I know you will truly miss him. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  14. My heart goes out to Blake’s family. My mother, Heather Huntemann, is one of Blake’s closest childhood friends from Stone Mountain, and while my sister and I were only able to meet Blake a few times, his presence filled our lives for so long because of all the stories Mom told about Blake and how often she mentioned their friendship. We will all miss him dearly.

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