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David Earl Griner

June 24, 1939 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

David Griner Obituary

Mr. David Earl Griner, 84, of Blackshear, passed away early Friday morning, February 16, 2024, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross.

Born in Blackshear, GA on June 24, 1939, he lived in Covington, LA prior to moving back to Pierce County in 1982.  Mr. Griner was a 1957 graduate of Patterson High School.  Following his high school graduation, he worked for Patterson Milling for a short time prior to being drafted into the US Army.  Mr. Griner’s military career had him serving in Japan, Vietnam, and Germany and retiring in 1982.  He would go on to work for General Box Company, T. C. Industries, and lastly with Wal-Mart in their paint department.  Mr. Griner loved to read, go bowling, fishing, hunting for quail and dove, and watching all sports.  He was a member and deacon at Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church.

He was a son of the late John Joseph & Grace I. Dixon Griner.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph N. “Pat” Griner and John Lester “Dunk” Griner; 4 brothers-in-law, Robert Lee, Omer “Buddy” Sapp, Donald Sapp, and Barney Sapp; and two sisters-in-law, Juanita Dixon and Mary Alice Sapp.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jean Sapp Griner of Blackshear; two sisters, Gracie Griner Lee and Peggy Griner Duval both of Blackshear; a brother, Jerome (Ludell) Griner of Patterson; four sisters-in-law, Helga Griner of Eatonton, Kathy Griner Dunn of Midway, Waunell Hickox of Hoboken, and Joyce Faulk of Blackshear; a brother-in-law, D. R. (Linda) Sapp of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Griner will be held Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2024, at 2 o’clock, from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Willis Lee officiating.

The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Interment will be in the Enon Cemetery with full military honors.

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February 20, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
February 20, 2024

2:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Chapel
659 Main St.
Blackshear, GA 31516


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