Edward "Sonny" S. Griffith Jr., a longtime retail manager, died Friday of a heart attack at Carroll Hospital Center. The Mount Airy resident was 66.
For more than 20 years, he worked for Frank's Nursery & Crafts. He was a store manager in Laurel and Owings Mills before leaving in 1995.
Born in Baltimore, he attended public schools in the city and then went to work as a foreman for Wetherall Steel Co. outside Baltimore for about 10 years.
He also worked part time for Two Guys, a national chain of discount stores, which sparked his interest in a retail career. He moved with Two Guys to southern New Jersey in 1968. Mr. Griffith moved to Mount Airy in 1972 and began working with Frank's.
After leaving there, he worked in the nursery department at Home Depot until retiring three years ago.
He also worked as a ticket-taker at Orioles games from the mid-1980s through the 1990s and at Ravens games for a few years.
Mr. Griffith married Patricia Ann Kutcher in 1959.
He was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs, where he called bingo for about 15 years. Mr. Griffith was also a member of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Libertytown.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Michael's and volunteered with the organization. He also was a member of the Kiwanis.
Mr. Griffith was an avid bowler. He favored duckpins, and in his younger years, appeared on the television show Bowling for Dollars and won trophies. Most recently, he bowled with a senior league in Mount Airy, and was playing with them when he became ill Friday.
He enjoyed dancing, gardening and spending time with his family - especially in retirement, with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren - and his golden retriever.
He frequently visited Ocean City.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon tomorrow at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, survivors include two sons, Edward "Eddie" Griffith III and George Griffith, both of Mount Airy; two daughters, Robin Grove of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Lisa Schulze of Frederick; two sisters, Nancy Ashwell of Mount Airy and Darlene Beck of Joppa; 11 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.