Valdosta Daily Times

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May 16, 2014

Concert to benefit musician’s funeral expenses

CECIL — Jeff Griffin could play 18 musical instruments.

He played with past area bands such as the Morning Sun, the Bulls, and Break Wave.

He started playing guitar at the age of 3.

He lived in Nashville, Tenn., for nearly a decade, pursuing music.

He recorded the song “Sweet, Sweet Love.”

This weekend, a benefit sing will be held for Griffin, who passed away recently at the age of 59. Proceeds will go toward paying his funeral expenses, says his sister, Peggy Griffin Allen.

Jeff Griffin developed a colon-related illness in 2012 and was ill for the next two years, Allen says. Even during his illness, Griffin continued to play and appreciate music.

Born in Indiana, Jeff was still a baby when his family moved to Valdosta. He attended and graduated Lowndes High School. For several years, he worked then managed the family business Patterson-Griffin Shoes. In later years, he worked as a general painting contractor.

But he always played his music.

A 1985 Valdosta Daily Times article detailed his musical efforts in Nashville and his recordings of the songs “Sweet, Sweet Love,” “Our Place,” “Come On Back,” “Backstreet Fever.”

In later years, his resume included two CMT videos and performing with Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, George Jones, and others.

For the benefit concert, Allen says several area musicians have promised to play including Jokers Wilde, Jack Lindauer, Ricky Plair & Mike Carter, 6L6, Reminiscin’ and others.

The benefit is scheduled for noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, RV Park, Cecil. Admission: Free. Donations appreciated. Raffle of items from J. Carbone, Ivey’s The Man Shop, and Atlanta Bread Company. Select instruments from Griffin’s collection will be auctioned. Barbecue plates available.

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