Heiter Griffin of Virgilina passed from this life surrounded by family and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Oct. 16, 2021, at the age of 88.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1933, in Nelson to R. Lee Griffin and Emma Davis Griffin. He married Betty Forlines Griffin on Jan. 3, 1959. They fell in love on their first date, Aug. 17, 1955, and were constant companions, best friends and happily married for over 62 years.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Betty; his daughter, Teressa G. Davis and husband Randy; grandchildren, Bradley Griffin (Liza), Michelle D. Conner (Matt), Holly G. Elliott and Brittney Davis (Ryan); great grandchildren, Leah Griffin, Griffin Elliott, Brody Conner, Anne Marie Griffin, Grayson Elliott and Rylee Conner. He is also survived by a sister, Audrey G. Wallace of Lynchburg and daughter-in-law, Jean P. Griffin. He additionally leaves behind his beloved dog, PeeDee.

Heiter was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved son, Horace Lee Griffin; sister, Hazel G. Sizemore and brothers-in-law, T.A. “Red” Sizemore and Thomas Wallace.

Heiter grew up working on the family farm in Nelson and continued farming throughout his life. He loved working the land, planting, watching crops grow and harvesting. He was always happy on a tractor or any other kind of machinery. In addition to farming, he spent many years in road construction operating heavy equipment. He worked with several companies building interstate highways throughout Virginia in the 1950s. He went to work for Virginia Department of Highways in 1966 as an operator and retired after 30 years as an inspector over secondary road resurfacement, bridges and road construction.

Heiter was a member of Aarons Creek Baptist Church in Virgilina and previous member of Hitesburg Baptist Church. He was a man of God serving many years as deacon of both churches. He served his Lord in any way he could. Heiter was always ready to help a friend, neighbor or anyone in need. He loved people and never met a stranger. All that knew him, knew he loved to talk and certainly had the gift of gab. Unfortunately, communication was one of the first things he was robbed of by dementia.

Heiter was also a proud member of the Masonic Lodge of Virgilina. He loved his brothers in the lodge and served in several positions at the local and state level.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Aaron’s Creek Baptist Church with burial to follow at Hitesburg Baptist Cemetery. The Revs. Robert Pruitt and Randy Holmes will officiate the service. The family will receive friends on Monday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home and at other times at 3045 Aaron’s Creek Road Virgilina.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.brookslyon.com.

The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.