Dwight Rutledge Griffith, RPh, of Somerset, KY., departed this life on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the age of 74 in the care of the Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Center.
Dwight, a member of the Parkway Baptist Church in Lexington, KY, was born on November 6, 1943 in LaFollette, TN to Sarah Elizabeth Morton Griffith and the late Eugene Cleveland Griffith. He moved to Lexington as a young boy, where he spent his childhood and adolescence, and was baptized at Felix Memorial Baptist Church. After graduating from Henry Clay High School and attending the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University, he received his PharmD from Samford University in 1968. Following this, Dwight worked as a Pharmacist for nearly fifty years, owning and operating Corner Drug in Versailles, KY for twenty years before moving to CVS in 2001 and then Walgreens in 2011 (both in Somerset, KY), where he was beloved by patients and co-workers alike. He took great pleasure in the relationships that he formed with members of his community through many years of service, and will be remembered by all who knew him for his quick wit, warm sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and strong will.
An avid and accomplished fisherman, Dwight loved being on the water and competed for many years in regional tournaments as a boater and co-angler. It’s there, in the peace and quiet of the lakes he loved, often surrounded by friends and family, that he was happiest. Few people devote themselves as fully to their passions as Dwight did to fishing, but he was also a man of many interests; in addition to his affection for the outdoors—for gardening and birdwatching, in particular—Dwight occupied himself with a wide variety of pastimes, from Tom Clancy novels and Clint Eastwood movies, to photography, music, his favorite Bulleit bourbon, and, of course, cheering on his beloved Cats. He was also a talented cook, and made it a tradition to prepare his famous hoppin’ john and collard greens, southern symbols of good luck and prosperity, on New Year’s Day with family.
He is survived by numerous family and friends, including his fiancée, Gail Eickenhorst of Somerset; three sons, Colonel Dwight R. Griffith Jr., “Grif,” (and wife Michelle) of Shelbyville, KY; William Noah C. Griffith (and wife Amy) of Berea, KY; Zachary C. Griffith (and partner Cheyenne) of Lexington; one daughter, Braunwyn M. Griffith Feldman (and husband Luke) of Berea; nine grandchildren, Mae Griffith, James Griffith, Crystal Griffith, Payton Griffith, Autumn Griffith, Krysylyn Feldman, Caleb Smith, Raylan McAninch, and Lakeli Underwood; three great-grandchildren, Paxton Griffith, Taylynn Rader, Amiyah Murphy; his mother, Sarah Griffith of Lexington; one brother, Mark Griffith (and wife Courtney) of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; two sisters, Betty Pratt (and husband Steve) of Lexington, and Ellen Evans (and husband Danny) of Berea; daughters and son-in-law, Heather and Clete McAninch of Russell Springs, KY, Hollie Jo Hurt of Stanford, KY, and Kimberly Harris; Josh Wesley, his personal caregiver; his loving dogs and companions, his Westie, “MacIntosh,” and Maltese, “Harley;” and his fishing buddy, Tom Murphy of St. Louis.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home in Somerset. His funeral service will follow at 2:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Ashley officiating.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to an ALS charity or research organization, such as the ALS Association or the Cleveland Clinic, or the fishing scholarship fund established in Dwight’s name.
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Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Dwight Griffith, RPh.