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Griffith’s photos still admired today

Griffith’s photos still admired today
Griffith’s photos still admired today
George Griffith

George Griffith, 89, Leavenworth, a professional news and commercial photographer who documented the life and people of Harrison County in the 1930s and ’40s, died Monday morning, Aug. 10, 2003, at his home.
Griffith was a photojournalist for The Associated Press in Louisville and had his own commercial studios in Corydon and Louisville, said Larry Ordner, who edited a book of historic Corydon photos called ‘A Place to Belong, Images of Corydon, Indiana, 1850 – 1975.’ Ordner used 33 of Griffith’s photographs in his book, which was published in 2000.
‘George Griffith was a very fine photographer,’ Ordner said. He was a commercial photographer and also worked for The Associated Press in the 1930s based in The Courier-Journal building in Louisville.
‘He had a wondefrful eye for the simple things in life ‘ the boys playing marbles, the school bus in front of the old high school ‘ an eye for what makes a town special,’ said Ordner, a native of Corydon who now is southwest regional director for U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
Ordner said when he contacted Griffith about providing some pictures for his book, Griffith located a trunk that was full of black and white photographs ‘ ‘some absolute gems,’ Ordner called them ‘ that hadn’t been opened in 30 years.
Griffith was born in North Vernon on Jan. 11, 1914, the son of the late Ora and Verna VanBlaricom Griffith.
He was also a retired boat dealer and owner and operator of Sycamore Island in New Albany. He was also a former employee of Honeycrust Bread Co. in New Albany.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anna Jean Walker; two sons, George Dale Griffith of Jeffersonville and Martin Wayne Griffith of Evansville; two daughters, Jeannia Gale Berry of New Albany, and Donna Thomas of English; a brother, Perry Griffith of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Ann Sparks of Anderson, and eight grandchildren.
Visitation was yesterday and will be today (Wednesday) after 8 a.m. at Gehlbach and Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Cross of Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, both in Corydon. The Rev. Gary Few will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Hubbard, Evan Hubbard, Wayne Griffith, Greg Armstrong, Danny McCurry, Jimmy Walker and Ray Walker.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Hospice of Southern Indiana.

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