Heather DiAnn Griffis, 41, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia after an extended illness.

A native and resident of Wayne County for most of her life and a former resident of Battleground, Washington, Heather was born on December 7, 1976 in Jesup. She was a 1996 graduate of Wayne County High School. Heather worked as a GED paraprofessional with Altamaha Technical College, now known as Coastal Pines Technical College and later worked in the public defender’s office. She loved her cats, reading and watching movies of all kinds, especially Star Trek, Halloween and Dr. Who. Heather enjoyed acting and drama. She was the first student in the Wayne County School System to letter in Drama and was a member of Phi Beta Lambda during her college days. She will be fondly remembered for her free spirit and love of children even though she had none of her own.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Layton and Llean Griffis; maternal grandparents, James G. and Elizabeth Scott and two sisters, Tammy Elizabeth Hadden and Collette Frances Hadden.

Survivors include her mother and father, Donald and Marlena Griffis of Odum; brother, Kelvin McKee Griffis and companion, Beth Keene of Odum; half-sister, Jenifer Cornelio of Palatka, Florida; niece, Lena Griffis of Odum; nephew, Michael McKee Hadden of Colorado; and Heather’s partner, Elizabeth James of Battleground, Washington. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of extended family members also survive.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Interment will follow in Odum City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Ponville, Brandon Bennett, Aaron Nail, Jarrett Farrell, Matthew Williams, Caleb Taylor, Michael Williams and John Evors.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Liberty Regional EMS employees.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.