Danny Merle Griffith
Wonderful Husband, Daddy, and Grandfather
Canton – Danny Merle Griffith, age 64, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
He was born May 20, 1956 in Haywood County to the late James Willard Griffith and the late Myrtle Huskins Griffith. Danny was a graduate of Pisgah High School where he first began his passion in learning auto and body work. He later continued his lifelong career as owner of Dan’s Paint and Body Shop in Canton. Danny was considered to be “The Best” in his field and was well-known throughout Western North Carolina. He enjoyed NASCAR and all auto racing, even attending races at the former Asheville Speedway. Wonderful memories were made with his family at Fontana Lake, cruising in his pontoon boat and spending time at their boathouse. Danny had attended Rocky Face Baptist Church in Canton. He was blessed with a great personality and he had a multitude of friends that will miss him deeply. He will forever be remembered as a man who always provided love, great strength and support to all of his family. His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren and his love for each of them was immeasurable. In the words of his family, “Danny was an easy-going, gentle, caring man, who loved his family.” No better words could be said.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Maggie Griffith; brother, Bob Griffith; brothers-in-law, Fuzz and Robert; and his former wife and mother of his daughters Jenny and Maggie, Nancy Landers Trull.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Donna Caldwell Griffith; daughters, Jenny Louise Moody of Asheville, and Sarah Griffith (Dana) of Bethel; stepchildren, Tyler Ledbetter (Heather) of Waynesville, and Kali Ledbetter (Cody) of Canton; grandchildren, Luke Griffith, Dani Moody, Haley Moody, Rylan Clark, and a precious baby granddaughter on the way, Londyn Alexander; brothers and sisters, Billie, Peggy, Pat, Wayne (Jane), and Gary (Sheila); sister-in-law, Pat Griffith; nephew, who was like a brother, Rex; mother of his daughter, Sarah, Janet Ross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 8, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Griffith family.