JAMES “BUD” CLIFFORD GRIFFITH, age 69, of Decherd, Tenn.  departed this life suddenly on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Southern TN Medical Center in Winchester.

Mr. Griffith was retired after working for almost 50 years as a heavy equipment welder. He was an avid Nascar fan and Chicago Bears Football fan.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Griffith was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Griffith, daughter, Gail Peterson and grandson, Jamie Griffith.

He is survived by his wife of twenty-seven years, Sue Griffith of Decherd, son, Jimmy (Sue) Griffith of Tullahoma, daughters; Debbie “L.D. Thompson and husband J.T. of Winchester, Sharon Fier of Blue Island, IL, step-sons; Richard (Kevin) Ashley of Joliet, IL, William (Jean) Ashley of Hendersonville, Tenn., step-daughter, Kathy (Ed) Jillson of Bridgeview, IL, 15-grandchildren and 3-great-grandchildren and his pet shihztu, Sassy.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Decherd Nazarene Church.

Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.