February 14, 2014, is recognized nationally as the day of love. It is also the day that Reba L. Griffis, 81, of Benton, was promoted and transported to her everlasting heavenly home with Jesus Christ. With her entire family and best friend, Joe Fureigh, at her side, she made her final journey. Reba was born at home at the Bauxite Pumps on March 10, 1932, to a warm and loving family who lived there to operate the water pumps for the Alcoa plant located on the other side of Bauxite.
She was a lifelong, active member of Social Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
In the late 1990s, she retired from the Saline County Courthouse, where she had been a custodian. In the 1960s she worked at Curtis Mathes.
Most of her life she spent as a homemaker and caretaker. Miss Reba was loved by many people in Saline County, young and old.
Mrs. Griffis is survived by her best and closest friend, Joe Fureigh of Bryant; a son, James Donald Griffis (Fran) of Benton; a daughter, Sandra Jean Johnson (Tommy) of Haskell; a son, Tony Ray Griffis (Jean) of Haskell; a son, Gary Alan Griffis (Susan) of Little Rock; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Charlene Tatum of Conway and Joyce Shelnutt of Benton; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. “Jimmy” Griffis; her father, C.E. “Charlie” Burnett of Benton; her mother, Millie Dodson Burnett of Benton; her sisters, Doris Dean Greer of Benton, Mary Lee Hunter of Haskell and Bonnie Faye Phillips of Benton; a brother, Edward Burnett of Bauxite.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
Funeral is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The service will be officiated by Brother Don McCutcheon, a lifetime pastor to the family, and Brother Bill Williams, the family's current pastor. Sons and grandsons wills serve as pallbearers.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .