Cliff Griggs

Orville Clifford “Cliff” Griggs Jr., 74, of Arab died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Mr. Griggs was born June 10, 1947, to O.C. and Mildred Griggs. He was married to Linda Morris.

He was formerly a writer and editor at The Arab Tribune. His voice was known to many in the community through his work on the radio at WRAB and other stations in the area.

He had an extraordinary eye for photography. Before the age of Photoshop and smart phones, he could be found spending hours in a dark room, processing photographs to perfection. He had a knack for turning the mundane into extraordinary. As Mountaintop Photography and Cliff Griggs Photography & Graphics, he chronicled many weddings and events throughout the Arab area.

He owned and operated Between the Bookends for several years before retiring. Cliff created an environment where people could come in to the bookstore and enjoy a strong cup of coffee, along with an intellectual debate about any book.

His primary passions were his family, the environment, and animal welfare. He enjoyed boating around the beaches and appreciated the beauty of nature. He was particularly active in the preservation of the Tennessee River. He and his wife adopted many homeless dogs over the years, giving them a loving home.

He is survived by his wife: Linda Morris; son and daughter-in-law: Jeremy Griggs and Jessica Trincanello of Houston, Texas; daughter: Jessica Griggs of Arab; and grandchildren: Gwen Griggs, Sophie Griggs and Montgomery Wright.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Marshall Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite animal shelter.

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