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Col. Joel Daniel Griffing

Col. Joel Daniel Griffing

Male 1900 - 1966  (65 years)

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  • Name Joel Daniel Griffing  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 23 Oct 1900  Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Military Service U.S. Army - career officer 
    Occupation Government - U.S. Selective Service System executive 
    Occupation Government - VA Selective Service System Director  
    Died 16 Jun 1966  Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Buried Green Hill Cem, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 7
    Person ID I1795  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2016 

    Family Willie Morris Snouffer,   b. 3 Sep 1901, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1982, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 20 Oct 1928  Berryville, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 6, 8
     1. Joel Daniel Griffing, Jr.,   b. 28 Jul 1936, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1993, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1930 census lists Joel D. Griffing, 28, born in Mississippi to Mississippi parents, living with his wife of 1 year, Willie Morris, 28, born in Maryland to a father born in Maryland and a mother born in Virginia. (In fact, according to the census, her mother lived immediately next door: she is listed as "Anna C. Snoffer," a 65-yr old widow, born in Virginia to a father born in Virginia and a mother in West Virginia. Living with Anna were two sisters, Bessie, 62, and Pattie L, 59.) Joel's occupation is as a "private secretary." 1930 U.S. Census, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA (T 626, Roll 2439, stamped p. 170B).

      Mary Thomason-Morris, archivist for the Clarke Cnty Historical Association, Berryville, VA, posted a note with in which she said that Joel's wife Willie "was a co-owner, later full owner, of Peggy Ann Kitchen.... She also worked at the Blue Ridge Press which was an adjunct to the Clarke Courier...."

      In response to a request for further information, she wrote:
      "*** Willie married Col. Joel Daniel Griffing (10/23/1900 - 6/16/1966), [marriage] date unk. at this time.... They are both buried in Green Hill Cemetery in lot 200. I do not know if they had children...." (Email from Mary Thomason-Morris,, to Wm. C. Snouffer, 7 Dec 2007.)
    • The 1940 census records that Joel D. Griffing, 39, born in Mississippi, was living with his wife Willie Morris, 38, born in Maryland, and their son, Joel D. Griffing, 4, born in Virginia. Joel was employed as an accountant with "B.B. Jones." Living next door to them were his mother-in-law, "A. C. [Anne Clayton] Snouffer," 77 and a number of A.C.'s siblings, including sisters Pattie L. Luke, 69, and Bessie, 72, and a brother, E. C. Luke, 75. All of the Luke family had been born in Virginia. 1940 U.S. Census, Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA (T 627, Roll 4256, stamped p. 5B).
    • Both Joel Daniel Griffing and Willie Morris Snouffer are named as the parents of Daniel Joel Griffing, Jr., in his 1984 marriage certificate documenting the latter's marriage to Louella Rose Compher. See, "Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2015."
    • A newspaper article in the Richmond [VA] Times-Dispatch, p. 4 (21 Apr 1945) states:
      "Col. Mills F. Neal Goes to Washington
      "Colonel Mills F. Neal rounded out his service as State director of Selective Service yesterday and left at noon for Washington, where he will be placed on special assignment by the War Department.
      "He was succeeded as director of the Virginia Selective Service by his former assistant director, Colonel J. D. Griffing, who will take over officially this morning. Actually, Colonel Griffing became the head of the organization yesterday afternoon...."

    • The Richmond, VA] Times-Dispatch, p. 7 (22 May 1947) reported:
      "Draft Headquarters Orders Colonel Griffing to Capital
      "Col Joel D. Griffing, a ranking officer in Virginia's Selective Service system since its formation in 1940 and its director for the last two years, has been ordered transferred to national headquarters.... The transfer will be effective June 2. ***
      "Colonel Griffing, a resident of Berryville for the last 25 years, is a native of Lexington, Miss. He entered active military service in September, 1940, and was assigned to the Selective Service headquarters here as chief of the manpower division.
      "He later became deputy director of the system and in April, 1945, was named director....***
      "In announcing his transfer, Colonel Griffing thanked the Virginians who have formed the rank and file of selective service workers.
      " 'I want to say now what a privilege it has been and how fortunate I consider myself to have been able to know and work with the thousands of Virginians who have made this service possible.
      " 'I want to point, too, to the three distinguished Governors ... who supported without stint our every effort to administer selective service properly in the State of Virginia.' "
    • The [New Orleans, LA] Times-Picayune, p. 1 (21 Oct 1950):
      "Manpower Pool for Draft Urged
      By: The Associated Press
      "Washington [D.C.] Oct. 20 -- Selective service is studying proposals for a central man-power system on which all the armed services would have to draw to get their recruits.
      "This was reported Friday by Col J. D. Griffing, chairman of the selective service man-power commission. Such proposals have been advanced in Congress.***
      "Griffing told a reporter that volunteer enlistments would be limited to especially qualified young men....***
      "Sen Lyndon Johnson (D-Tex.) has proposed a universal service program which would conscript every young man for a suitable civil defense task if physically or mentally unfit for military duty. ***
      "Selective service wants to delay taking veterans, fathers, and men above 25. Griffing said married men without children probably would be the first to be called up after the present stock of men in class 1-A is exhausted."
    • The Social Security Death Index provides that Joel Griffing (SSN 229-01-4988; issued by VA) was born 23 Oct 1900 and died in Jun 1966 while residing in Berryville, Clarke Cnty, VA.
    • Obituary, Holmes County [Lexington, MS] Herald, p. 1 (23 Jun 1966):
      "Funeral services for Colonel Joel D. Griffing were held Sunday [19 Jun] in Berryville, Virginia. Burial was in the family lot in Berryville.
      "Colonel Griffing died Friday [sic; Thurs, 16 Jun] in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C. He was 65.
      "A native of Holmes County, Colonel Griffing recently retired after 42 years of active military service, having served in the Quartermaster Corps of the Army Reserve, in the Virginia National Guard, as Intelligence officer, and with the National Selective Service headquarters in Washington. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as Chief of the Office of Emergency Planning and Inter-Agency Relations.
      "He leaves his wife; one son, Lt. Joel D. Griffing, Jr., a first lieutenant who is commander of Headquarters Battery, 6th Howitzer Battalion, 111th Artillery, Virginia National Guard at Manassas, Virginia; one sister, Mrs. Jessie Hamrick, of Garden Grove, California; and two aunts, Mrs. Bessie Hall and Mrs. Annie Matthews of Lexington."

  • Sources 
    1. [S184] VA Census 1930, Clarke|, Virginia, Clarke Cnty, Berryville, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 2439, p. 170B).

    2. [S185] Thomason-Morris, Mary Thomason-Morris, "Correspondence", (Mary Thomason-Morris,, to Wm. C. Snouffer : 7 Dec 2007).

    3. [S968] VA Marriage Records, 1936-2014|, Virginia, Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014 s, 1936-2014, (VA Dep't of Health, Richmond, VA; online database,

    4. [S40] Obituary, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Joel D Griffing; 23 Jun 1966).

    5. [S132] Tombstone|, Tombstone.

    6. [S68] Gervaise, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, "Snouffer2.ftw" and subsequent Email reports to Wm. C. Snouffer, (Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, Email:

    7. [S103] FindaGrave, (, 23502473.

    8. [S186] Barbara Hamrick, Hamrick, Barbara L., (Email fom to Gervaise Dynes-Wolack, (9 Oct 2007), forwarded to Wm.C.Snouffer (14 Nov 2007); and further Emails to Wm. C. Snouffer (2008)).