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James Lee Griffin / July 03, 2019

James Lee Griffin, 80, of Clarksville, died Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born in Havres de Grace, Md., on Feb. 24, 1939 to the late Carol Jean Akers Griffin and Malcolm Lee Griffin.

He attended Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Griffin was a US Army veteran. Over a 35-year period, Jim, or “Griff,” as many of his friends called him, held various roles in phlebotomy, cytology and lab management at Halifax Sentara Regional Hospital. With Luther Jackson Jr., he co-founded one of the area’s first martial arts-related schools, Halifax Tae Kwon Do studio. He was known in the community for his artistic talent in various media, as well as for his skill as an accomplished photographer. He sold his work at various local galleries. Mr. Griffin was a naturalist and a strong advocate for animals.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Caroline M. Griffin of Clarksville; his daughter, Katherine L. Holoman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., his son, Stephen E. Langston and wife Wanda of Roanoke; grandchildren, Eva Marie Langston Patrone and husband Paul and Deven James Langston and wife Lauren, as well as by one great grandchild, Phoebe Rose Patrone.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 8 from 10-11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home, South Boston, immediately followed by an 11 a.m. service. A private military burial will be held on July 9 at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico.

Memorials may be directed to the local SPCA or animal protection agency.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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