Jack Deshea Griffith, PhD.

August 13, 1935 - March 13, 2021
Jack Deshea Griffith, PhD.

Jack D. Griffith, PhD., age 85, died peacefully on March 13, 2021 at his home. Jack was born in Seminole, Oklahoma and eventually retired in Hampstead, NC.

He was the loving husband of 52 years to Mary Kathryn (Kitty) Griffith of Hampstead, NC.

Jack is survived by his wife, Kitty Griffith of Hampstead, NC, daughter Jacqueline T. Sabella, Hampstead, NC, and grandson Jack Ryan Griffith of Hampstead, NC.

Jack graduated from Oklahoma University with a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. Jack had a distinguished career being employed by the CDC, Word Health Organization, EPA, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Services R&D, University of Miami School of Medicine, Public Health Services and finally retiring from the Pender County Health Department as its Health Director for 14 years. Jack authored several textbooks and multiple journal articles and received multiple Sustained Superior Performance Awards. During his employment in Pender County he was responsible for starting the first mobile dental clinic for school children and started the hurricane evacuation shelters in Pender County.

Memorial Service and interment will be private at Topsail Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Topsail Presbyterian Church, 16249 US Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC 28443, Pender County Animal Shelter, 3280 New Savannah Road, Burgaw, NC, 28425.

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  • March 15, 2021
    clewis says:
    To a wonderful and caring man, he loved his family and all animals. Thanks for helping save a lot of animals.

  • March 16, 2021
    Jackie lit a candle:
    Lit since March 16, 2021 at 3:54:01 AM

  • March 16, 2021
    Amy Shores says:
    We are so grateful that we got to know this kind and brilliant man. We will miss our chats on the front porch. May you rest in eternal peace. ~ Jeff, Amy, and family

  • March 21, 2021
    Kathy and Jim Sabella says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie, Jack and Kitty.