Edward Perry Griffing
Edward Perry Griffing
  • June 2, 1933 - December 31, 2016
  • Fairfax, Virginia

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Edward Perry Griffing, age 83, of Fairfax, Virginia, died at his home on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from a sudden heart attack. He was born June 2, 1933 and grew up in Palm Springs, California. He was an Eagle Scout and played the sousaphone in high school.

In 1960, he married the former Kennon Ayer Hatcher of Macon, Georgia while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina.

Edward graduated from The Leland Stanford Junior University in Palo Alto, California with a Bachelor of Science (1954) and a Master of Science (1955) degree both in mathematics using a 4 year NROTC scholarship. He had minors in French, German and Russian. After Stanford, he served over 22 years as a naval officer on both surface ships and submarines. He was the commanding officer on the ballistic missile nuclear submarines U.S.S. George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) (1968-70) and U.S.S. Sam Houston (SSBN 609) (1970-72) during the Cold War. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander in 1977. In 1976, he completed a Master of Business Administration from Memphis State University. He worked as a utility executive for the next 12 years with the Detroit Edison Company developing and operating the Enrico Fermi nuclear power plant. He obtained certification as a senior reactor operator in 1978. In 1981 he became a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

In 1990 he and his wife Kennon moved to Fairfax, Virginia. He worked over 10 years as a Secret Shopper evaluating employee and store performance for Giant of Maryland. He worked as a tax preparer with H&R Block for 10 years and became certified as an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service in 1998. From 2000 onward he ran his own tax preparation business as a sole proprietor and enrolled agent. He was a member of the Virginia Society for Enrolled Agents (VASEA) and the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA). At 70, he taught himself Spanish and enjoyed watching Univision and Telemundo to relax.

He was a contributing member of the Republican Party and attended numerous Stanford class reunions. He was a member of the USS Sam Houston Veterans’ Association and met regularly with fellow crew mates. He was an active member of the Penderbrook home owners’ association for many years both as a representative of The Greens golf course and on the PCA board. He was largely responsible for the Penderbrook fitness center which serves as a big draw to that community. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife later in life, this time above the water line. He took many photographs and learned to dance the tango.

He is survived by his wife, Kennon Ayer Hatcher Griffing; his daughter, Kathleen Ayer (Harold) Craig; his daughter Elizabeth Anne Griffing; his grandson Harold Potter Craig, IV; and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanton Griffing and Elizabeth Perry Griffing.

A funeral service will be held at 12 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Demaine Funeral Home in Fairfax, Virginia with a reception to follow. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.